2023 TMCA Symposium


REGISTER NOW for TMCA’s 19th Annual Symposium!

Current Credential holders, please click here to login and register.

Non-Credential holders, please click here to complete our online registration form.


WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2023, 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM (Registration and networking breakfast begin at 8:00 AM)

WHERE: Texas A&M University School of Law, Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor, 1515 Commerce St., Fort Worth, Texas 76012


Our Symposium will be held both LIVE in Fort Worth and Via Zoom!*


We're Back, Live and In Person!!!

We are holding our Symposium in person once again and can hardly wait to be in the same room with you! As always, we carefully review the feedback of past attendees. That said, this Symposium is chock-full of mediation skills-based sessions. You will learn more about the importance of civility and have the opportunity, for the first time, to participate in a live Q&A with Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann. You won't want to miss our featured speaker, Susan Guthrie. Susan is one of the most prominent mediators in the country and focuses on high-net-worth and high-conflict, complex cases. She is one of the founders of the Mosten Guthrie Academy and her award-winning podcast, The Make Money Mediating Podcast, is one of the top 1.5% of podcasts worldwide. Her first session is on the minds of many of us: "Artificial Intelligence in the Mediation Room" and her later session offers a fresh approach to "Mastering High Conflict in Mediation." Our two other afternoon sessions will be fully interactive, so we can learn from each other. Fan favorites Mike Schless and Gene Roberts will be our guides, with Mike's session on negotiation and Gene’s on ethics. See you in Fort Worth!

Please view our program brochure for additional details.

Early Bird Registration fees (paid by 10/8/23):

  • $160 for current Credential holders
  • $180 for non-Credential holders

Registration fees after 10/8/23:

  • $180 for current Credential holders
  • $200 for non-Credential holders

Please register by Friday, October 20th. Onsite registration only if space is available. Seating is limited to 200. If registering onsite, we will have a laptop or tablet set up so you can register online and pay via PayPal, credit card, or debit card.


Presentations (6.25 hours [3 hours ethics] CLE Course No. 174204999)

  • Radical Civility: The Importance of Civility in Mediation

Angela Downes and Kay Elliott

A recent informal survey found that mediation practitioners highlighted an overall decrease in civility in their mediation practices. During this session, learn the importance and ethical considerations of civility—simply acting with formal politeness when communicating, working with clients, and conducting business—and how it should be the cornerstone of both the mediator’s preparation and the mediation itself. Civility creates connections.

  • Latest from "The Supremes"

Justice Debra H. Lehrmann and Hon. John Coselli

Learn about the latest Texas cases affecting your mediation practice from Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann and her devoted sidekick, Judge John Coselli. This session will include a Q&A segment.

  • Artificial Intelligence in the Mediation Room: A New Era Begins

Susan Guthrie

Join us for an insightful program exploring the transformative impact of AI in mediation. Discover how these advanced tools enhance communication, foster resolution, and revolutionize conflict management while being mindful of ethical guardrails.

  • Emotionally Charged: Mastering High Conflict in Mediation

Susan Guthrie

Looking for a fresh approach to handling high conflict? Learn new techniques using emotional intelligence and the neuroscience of conflict, as well as other practical strategies to navigate complex emotions, reduce conflict, and enhance communication in mediation.

  • Negotiation: Art, Science, & Common Sense

Mike Schless

Good mediators should be able negotiation coaches. But is negotiation an art? A science? A matter of common sense? The best negotiators say the answer is yes...and then some. Let’s learn together in this fully interactive session!

  • The Ethics Gene: Unlocking the Code for Ethical Integrity in Mediation

        Gene Roberts

Explore some of the core principles and practices that guide ethical conduct by mediators, and discover how to cultivate ethical integrity, navigate challenges, and uphold professional standards in this fully interactive session.



We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, right across the street from the School of Law. Our negotiated room rate is $199 per night and you may book your room at this link.  If still available, this discounted rate will renew every time 10 rooms are booked. We encourage you to go ahead and book a room, as needed, to have the best chance of locking in this rate. Reservations may be cancelled up to 72 hours prior to your stay to avoid any cancellation fees.

The hotel's address is 1701 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102.


Free parking is available in the "Howdy" parking lot at 1501 Calhoun St., Fort Worth, TX 76102 (behind the law school), and in the "Gig 'Em" parking lot at 1401 Calhoun St., Fort Worth, TX 76102. Click here for a map showing the locations of both parking lots, as well as that of the Texas A&M University School of Law and the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel.

For questions about registration, contact Melanie E. Grimes, mgrimes@mgmediation.com.

Is my registration refundable? Full refunds are provided through September 30. Refunds less a $20 handling fee are provided through October 14.


*Though we would love to connect with you in person, for those who would prefer to watch our Symposium online, we will simulcast all sessions via Zoom and record the Zoom version for later viewing by paid registrants.