How to Deal with Conflicting Perceptions of Reality: Tips for Lawyers

with Nina Meierding

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Who Should Attend

This program is designed for lawyers who want specific tips on how to more effectively deal with conflicting perspectives of reality that can create resistance and impasse in their daily work.

About the Program

As lawyers we encounter conflicting perspectives of reality every day. It happens in estates, family, criminal, employment, business, and other areas of law. We see it when documenting relationships, during negotiations, and in litigation. Clients, parties, opposing counsel, and colleagues sometimes hold on to their positions and their versions of the facts - even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

In this advanced presentation, lawyer, professor and internationally acclaimed conflict resolution expert Nina Meierding will explore how people develop very different perspectives of what has happened, what is right, and what is fair. You’ll learn how we each create, reinforce and remember our own realities, and specific reasons why it is so difficult for people to acknowledge they have made a mistake even when all the “facts” are against them.

Using examples from a variety of practice areas and legal settings, Nina will discuss four common reactions people have to conflicting realities: self-justification, rationalization, the power of irrevocability, and inconsequential decision-making. She’ll then offer specific strategies and customized practical techniques for what to do – and what to avoid – with each reaction type. By the end of the program you’ll know more about yourself, see new opportunities for a change in perspectives, and have practical tools to more effectively navigate emotionally charged situations. The lessons you learn will help you move yourself and others away from conflict, and towards agreement and resolution.

Meet Your Presenter

Nina MeierdingNina Meierding, MS, JD, is an international leader in the field of conflict resolution. A former civil lawyer, she is now a full-time trainer, professor, and conflict resolution consultant. She has mediated over 4,000 disputes and delivered training in negotiation, communication, mediation, and culture and gender issues in almost all 50 states in the U.S, and in Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden. She has taught at Pepperdine University School of Law for over 25 years and Southern Methodist University for over 18 years, and has been a guest lecturer at Judicial Colleges and universities throughout the US. She is the recipient of the Peacemaker Award in 1992 by the Southern California Mediation Association, the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award in 2005 by the Association of Conflict Resolution, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. She is an honorary fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and an emeritus fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

Program Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction


  • How We Create It
  • How We Remember It
  • How We Change It

Sources of Resistance

  • Self-justification (unconscious denial)
  • Rationalization (conscious denial)
  • Power of Irrevocability
  • Inconsequential Decision Making

Program Wrap-up and Evaluation


"Excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed her presentation. BRAVO!"

"Very engaging manner of delivering valuable ideas and concepts. Fantastic!"

"Engaging speaker; her wealth of experience was clearly evident and communicated effectively."

"One of the best CLE presenters I’ve seen!"

"Fantastic job combining theory with practical tools and examples from her own rich career."

"You won't find an instructor with more knowledge, experience, and personality than Nina. If she teaches a class, enroll in it."

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How to Deal with Conflicting Perceptions of Reality: Tips for Lawyers - May 1, 2019 $140.00

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