Negotiation from a Female Perspective



Alice J. Wolfson (chair) - is the founder of the National Women’s Health Network in Washington DC and the founder of the Committee
to Defend Reproductive Rights/Coalition for the Medical Rights of Women, in San Francisco. She is a Board Member of the United
Policyholders and SFTLA and has lectured on both women’s health and health/disability insurance coverage issues throughout the

Cathy Yanni - has been practicing ADR for over 20 years and has a diverse practice at JAMS mediating, arbitrating and acting as special
master in all types of cases. She is lauded for managing the pre-mediation process and post-mediation follow-up. She is flexible, persistent,
and her understanding of the law, coupled with her ability to relate to all parties, makes her an effective and sought after mediator.
Ms. Yanni won the Woman of Achievement Award in 2008 and is repeatedly recognized as a Top California Neutral by the Daily Journal.

Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.) - has been a JAMS panelist since 1992, and has mediated thousands of cases. Her experience includes
business matters, insurance disputes, healthcare matters, estates, probate and trust cases, professional liability disputes, catastrophic
injury cases and employment disputes. She is known as a tenacious, fair and efficient mediator who is also particularly adept at handling
matters that involve cross-cultural dynamics and high emotional content. Judge Westerfield has been consistently recognized by the
Daily Journal as a “Top Neutral in California” and she is consistently listed as a “Best Lawyer” in the Alternative Dispute Resolution
Category by Best Lawyers in America and California Super Lawyers.

Hon. Donna M. Ryu - was appointed to the US District Court for the Northern District of California in 2010. Before joining the Court,
she served as a Clinical Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings College of the Law and as Associate Professor and Associate Director of the
Women’s Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University Law School. She has been honored as a California Lawyer of the Year in
Employment Law. She is also the recipient of the Asian American Bar Association’s Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy,
and the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Charlotte M. Venner - is an experienced mediator, having mediated hundreds of cases to closure, involving personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, construction, real estate, probate, insurance and employment disputes. Ms. Venner began practicing law in 1982,
and has extensive experience personally representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cases through jury verdict in the state and federal courts. She is the past Chairman of the Marin County Bar Association Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution.


• Top 5 things that ensure a successful mediation -
How to get taken seriously.
• Top 5 most common mistakes that impede a
successful settlement
- What to watch out for!
• Effective timing of mediation - Before or after
depositions have been taken?
• How the mediator values a case – What to do when your
estimation for the value differs sharply fom the attorney’s.
• How can the attorney help you? Ways in which lawyers
can help the mediator optimize the vale of their case
• What do you want to know about negotiating
Basics, Ex parte communications, PowerPoint
and new technology...Bring it on!
• Finally, what if the mediation fails? Steps that can be
taken after the parties leave.

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  • Reception from 5:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Program 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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2 Embarcadero Center, 14th Floor,
San Francisco

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