2017 Chapter President:

Phoebe Sheftel,  Chapter President & Treasurer 



Our goal is to further the  profession of mediation as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution through (1) educating volunteer and compensated mediators with a broad spectrum of backgrounds (i.e. psychologists, non-attorneys, attorneys, medical professionals, teachers, clergy) by way of setting up intra-group discussions and speakers, and (2) introducing ADR to the general business and neighborhood communities stressing the benefits and obligations associated with mediation.  Our group is focused on the Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware areas, and is dedicated to members who in turn, determine the Chapter's direction to provide activities not available elsewhere being mindful not to re-invent the wheel.

Our chapter, as is the entire ACR organization, is very interested in growing its ranks and community ties with the Asian and Indian and African-American and Hispanic communities and other 'minority' groups. 

Meetings usually are held at a Center City location  Dinner is available, usually at 6:30 p.m. and general meetings start at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution

Wednesday, September 27th

Good Shepherd Mediation Program

2000 Hamilton Street, Rodin Place, Suite 301

Parking is available in the garage under the building; enter on 20th Street. 

There is also metered parking on surrounding streets.


The Changing Landscape of ADR: The Past Forty Years


Ben Picker

Senior Counsel, Stradley Ronon


Ben Picker has an active ADR practice, serving both as a mediator and arbitrator in business disputes and as a trainer in mediation and negotiations. He has successfully resolved several hundred domestic and international disputes with a cumulative value of several billion dollars. He has served as a mediator and arbitrator in complex business disputes in corporate and commercial transactions, asset/stock purchase agreements, securities, employment, environmental, ERISA, intellectual property, health care, real estate, products liability, bankruptcy, construction, class actions, professional liability, and shareholder and partnership disputes. In 2010, Ben received the American Bar Association’s “Lawyer as Problem Solver Award.” He was recognized for his unprecedented insight into new avenues of dispute resolution. The award is presented annually to an individual or institution demonstrating profound creativity in problem solving.


5:30 ~ Board Meeting (everyone welcome)


6:30 ~ Dinner


7:00 ~ Program Presentation