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What is the Virtual Track?
We understand that some of you, for various reasons, will not be able to join us in Dallas, TX during this year’s annual conference. While we cannot duplicate everything happening at the conference, we can provide access to various sessions and an “almost like you are there” environment.  For the 2nd year, ACR is providing a Virtual Track.   Building on the experience from our 1st Virtual Track in 2016, the 2017 Virtual Track is being expanded to include a general session on Wednesday and  2 days of workshops on Thursday and Friday.   10 hours of Continuing education and/or legal credits will be available for those participating.  

The Track begins on Wednesday, October 11th at 2:00 PM with a general session to discuss discriminatory laws and how should ACR and its members respond.  To learn more about this topic, read the home page of this website.  This counts as 1 hour of continuing education credit.
 A panel of Sharon Press, Donzell Robinson and Tom Kosakowski will get us started at 8:00 AM Thursday October 11 as we discuss the theme for this year’s conference, Professionalizing Your Passion.  The Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award and the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award will be presented.   (1 hour continuing education credit)
The planned workshops for the rest of Thursday include the following:
10:15 AM   The first 90-minute workshop is The Impact of Technology on ADR Ethics and Practice; the presenters are Daniel Rainey, Leah Wing, Jeffrey Aresty and Susan Exon. (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)  

1:45 PM  After the lunch break, Pattie Porter will host a special edition of The Texas Conflict Coach radio blog program.  The topic for the program is Professionalizing Mediation: Understanding the Impact of Taking the Next Steps.  Featured guest: Jack Goetz. (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)  

4:00 PM   We end the day with presentations by a new feature: Voices of Excellence.  Voices of Excellence is a new addition to our 2017 annual conference and is an outgrowth of the highly successful New Voices.  The theme of the four (4) presentations will be “Never Stop Learning”.  (1 hour of continuing education credit)  
Friday, October 13
9:00 AM   Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection with presenters Colin Rule and Amy Schmitz.  (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)  

​11:00 AM   What does Mediation Teach Us About How People Can Manage Conflicts on Their Own?  Joe Folgers, the ACR 2017 William Kreidler Award Recipient.  (1.5 hours of continuing education)  

2:45 PM – Workshop To Be Determined   (1.5 hours of continuing education)  
Virtual participants will be fully engaged in each session, just as if they were in the room.  Last year’s participants had a great time.  Participate in the entire program and earn 10 hours of continuing education credits.  The cost is $250 for ACR members and $300 for non-members. 
Join ACR at the 2017 Annual Conference October 11 – 14th, virtually or in person at the Crowne Plaza Near Dallas. To learn more about the conference and to register, click the Registration Tab at the top of the page.