Shuttleworth PLLC member Joe Leibovich on December 5 served as moderator on a panel on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Plan. United States Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo along with Allen Blair of Blair Mediation and Billy Ryan, partner with Donati Law Firm, also spoke on the panel. The panel discussion was part of a day long continuing legal education seminar put together by the Memphis Bar Association’s Labor and Employment section. The annual year-end seminar provides a comprehensive review of important developments in labor and employment law on the local and national levels.
The ADR panel discussed the history, procedures, and success rate of the Western District’s ADR plan that went into effect in September 2014. The plan calls for mandatory mediation in most civil cases. Under the plan, mediation should occur within 12 weeks of the Scheduling Conference in cases.
Joe is a Rule 31 listed general civil mediator in Tennessee, and serves as a mediator on the Western District’s ADR panel. He will serve as vice-president of the Memphis Bar Association’s Labor and Employment section beginning in January.