Brooklyn Bar Association to host a virtual workshop for active listening and conflict resolution

April 18, 2023 Robert Abruzzese
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One of the biggest failures of modern day law school is that it doesn’t teach lawyers how to communicate with clients, which can often cause conflicts between attorneys and their clients or opposing parties.

To address this issue, the Brooklyn Bar Association is hosting a virtual workshop that will focus on active listening and mediation tools. The goal is to equip litigators with essential skills to improve their everyday practice.

The two-hour interactive workshop, hosted via Zoom, will take place on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will feature experienced attorney mediators Michelle Exline Minovi and Antoinette Delruelle as speakers.

The event will include small break-out groups where participants can practice active listening and learn from the expertise of the speakers. The workshop offers 2 CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credits: 1 Skills Credit and 1 Law Practice Management Credit.

Antoinette Delruelle, an attorney since 1994, has been a mediator and collaborative attorney since 2009. She started the Mediation Project in 2013 and has extensive experience in teaching mediation to legal services attorneys and court staff professionals. Delruelle serves on the board of the Center for Understanding in Conflict and has held numerous prestigious positions in the field of mediation.

Michelle Exline Minovi is a highly skilled divorce and family mediator with over 12 years of family law experience. After witnessing the need for alternative methods of conflict resolution in her legal practice, Minovi transitioned from litigation to mediation. She currently serves on the board of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and is a member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.


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