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Facilitating Negotiations Through Active Listening

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • ZOOM


  • Cover the cost of another registrant with this registration type.
  • CLA is sensitive to the current situation faced by the non-profit and arts sector within COVID-19. We are currently offering our workshops at a sliding scale or "pay what you can" price. While CLA is a nonprofit we are also in need of your continued support but want to ensure accessibility of our content and workshops to all no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for waiver code.

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Join California Lawyers for the Arts in a special Mediation Week workshop!

Active listening is the art of fully observing, reacting, analyzing, and responding to a speaker. This skill, commonly practiced by mediators, facilitators and negotiators,  is part of what makes CLA's Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services so successful. Join CLA's Executive Director Alma Robinson on a workshop that demonstrates active listening and explains how it can be used to strengthen communication and find common ground.

About Online Workshops:
Registrants will be emailed a link to register for the Zoom seminar online after booking through the CLA website. Please make sure to check the bottom of your confirmation email for the Zoom link.

About the Speakers

Alma Robinson, Executive Director, California Lawyers for the Arts
Alma Robinson joined CLA as the founding Director of Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services in 1980, and has since produced many mediation training programs in California as well as throughout the nation. Through CLA's Arts in Corrections Initiative, she produced a series of demonstration projects that showed the benefits of arts programs for incarcerated persons.   In 2014, the results of this collaborative evidence-based research were used to facilitate an initial inter-agency agreement between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Arts Council for a $2.5 million pilot project providing arts programs in 20 prisons that has send grown into an $8/million/year program in all 36. state prisons. She received her law degree from Stanford University and a BA with honors in history from Middlebury College.

Essie Martsinkovsky, Manager, Programs and Training at Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center

Essie Martsinkovsky has been mediating since 2009. She currently manages the mediation program at the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center in Los Angeles, where she has also delivered numerous mediation trainings and trained over 100 mediators. In 2019, she received her Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at the Pepperdine School of Law. In addition to mediating, Essie has also written and produced plays. She is gratified to combine her interests in conflict resolution and the arts through collaborating with CLA.  

Jessica Yeh, Arbitration Administrator, California Lawyers for the Arts
Jessica Yeh is responsible for the statewide organization’s Arbitration division in the Arts Arbitration & Mediation Services (AAMS) program.  Prior to joining CLA, she has worked as an attorney, mediator, and corporate trainer in various sectors including healthcare, public interest law, and government.  She enjoys inspiring students to use communication and listening skills in their professional and personal lives.  She received her her BA from UC Berkeley and JD from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Litigation Specialty).

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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