What Were You Thinking?! Unconscious Assumptions and Biases in Mediation

Date and time: 
September 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 5:15pm
Event type: 
Educational Opportunity

This in-person educational event will examine underlying assumptions and biases in mediation which often go unexamined.

For example:

● Settlement negotiations should focus on objective criteria and outcome predictions;
● Participants are rational actors;
● Mediators should attempt to persuade in the same way regardless of a person’s background;
● It is not the job of the mediator to call out prejudice or bias in the mediation.

Experienced mediators and experienced users of mediation will discuss their perpectives on these and many other unconscious and unaddressed assumptions that are often present in any dispute resolution process.



Hanson Bridgett
425 Market Street
San Francisco, California


Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.)
Deirdre Chriss
Shirish Gupta
Howard Herman
Yolanda Jackson
Sara Peters
Mark Petersen
Stephen Sulmeyer
Prof. Richard Tarnas (Keynote)
Eric Tate
Claudia Viera
Juan Walker

Contact email: 
Sanford Kingsley (skmediate@gmail.com)
Price info: 

$60 for TMS members
$120 for Non-members