Dealing With the Pro Se Party in Mediation and Arbitration

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Session ID: PRW010-14

Registration Status: Open

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Price (USD)
General $85.00
AAA Panelist $75.00

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Online Course

Recorded Webinar

  • Date

    Always Available
  • Duration

    Self Paced
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Faculty and Summary

John Phillips
John R.Phillips

Husch Blackwell
Kansas City, MO

Richard Ralston
Richard Ralston

The Ralston Law Group, LLC
Kansas City, MO

John Vering, III
John A.Vering, III

Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Kansas City, MO

90 Minutes


Using the American Arbitration Association® Commercial Rules as the governing procedures, the speakers provide practical solutions to issues that commonly arise when parties are unrepresented in arbitration and mediation.

The panel of seasoned commercial, employment, and labor arbitrators and mediators, one of whom is a former United States Magistrate Judge, contrast and compare techniques and procedures for dealing with pro se parties in mediation, arbitration and litigation, and will explore the following topics:


  • The extent of pro se parties in arbitration and mediation
  • Issues unique to pro se cases – being fair and impartial
  • Common pro se issues in arbitration and mediation
  • Methods for handling pro se parties in mediation, arbitration, and litigation
  • The impact of trends, against consumer and employment class actions, on the volume of pro se cases
  • Best practice tips for practitioners


Whether you are an advocate or an arbitrator, cases involving unrepresented parties present unique challenges. This webinar will provide valuable information and practical advice on how to deal with these issues.

Who should attend?

Attorneys, arbitrators, and mediators in the commercial, construction, employment, and labor industries will benefit from attending this webinar.


What others are saying about this webinar:

"This will be helpful in future matters involving Pro Se parties.  it reinforced my confidence of how I have handled such situations in past matters."

"Useful information because if you have not participated in an arbitration or mediation with a pro se party, you will."

"Excellent discussion of issues involved in dealing with pro se parties in arbitration and mediation."

"This was my first experience with a webinar and I was pleased with the pace and level of expertise of the panelists.  This was a good and practical way to increase professional education with AAA."


This program does not qualify for the annual Arbitrator Continuing Education (ACE) requirement.


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CLE Information:

CLE is currently not offered on AAA recorded webinars.  Some jurisdictions will allow CLE credit for online programs, and we suggest that you confirm CLE credit availability for this type of program with the appropriate state CLE regulator.  A Certificate of Attendance will be provided upon request.


Please contact AAA Education Services at or 212-716-3977.