TMS Event Details

Event Title: Mediating with Self-Represented Litigants

Event Type: MCLE Society Session


Zoom details will be emailed to registrants*.

*If you are registering a Guest, please forward this information to your Guest as TMS will not email any Guests directly.

Presenter: Kenneth Strongman

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time: Noon to 1:30pm

There is no charge for this event. You may bring Guests but Guests will not be eligible for MCLE credit.


As litigation becomes more and more expensive, many litigants choose to represent themselves in court, arbitration and in mediation.  Mediating cases with a self-represented litigant (“SRL”) requires special planning by the mediator, starting with the pre-mediation session telephone call with the SRL and ending with the drafting of a settlement agreement.  How does the mediator handle the power imbalance? Can a mediator be “evaluative” without seeming to coerce the SRL?  What if there is a literacy or language problem?  These and other critical issues will be discussed and practice tips given.

This program is designed to satisfy the requirement of some local mediation panels for one hour MCLE specifically dealing with mediating with self-represented litigants.

About our Presenter:

Ken Strongman (, a full time Mediator and Arbitrator since 2004, he works to unite people into purposeful and unified directions, actions, and efforts by getting under surface appearances. By doing so, he facilitates the parties in developing their unique solutions. Disputes addressed include business, securities, construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, employment, environment, energy, and trusts & estates.






This program will qualify for 1 hour General and .5 hour Legal Ethics of MCLE credit, applicable to TMS Members only.  You must verify your attendance with the Session Chair in order to obtain credit.