2018 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

Meeting & Program

Monday, March 19th

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.

Jean Biesecker

 Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Mediation Clinic and

Co-Chair of the PA Bar’s Collaborative Law Committee

 Peace Institute and the Status of PA Collaborative Law Act

Jean’s family law and dispute resolution practice serves clients in the greater Philadelphia community. Her dual degree in law and social work opened the door to a family law career that spans over 30 years. Her services include Collaborative Law and mediation, prenuptial and interim-nuptial agreements, financial and parenting plans related to separation, and facilitated negotiated agreements. She also mediates Special Ed cases for ODR and serves as a Parent Coordinator. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

 The first ever, national Peace Institute, presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Collaborative Law Committee, will take place here in Philadelphia, the City of Firsts, from May 3 to 5, 2018.  Come and learn more about the Institute and why you should be there in May!

 House Bill 1644, otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Collaborative Law Act (PCLA), is now before the Senate Judiciary for consideration and vote. Jean will present a brief  history and overview of the Act, with a discussion on the relevancy of the Act to conflict resolution practice.


SAVE THE DATE  - Mon., May 21st - for our next program on divorce mediation issues, presented by Ruth Feinblum Conviser, LCSW


5:30 ~ Board Meeting (everyone welcome)

6:30 ~ Dinner

7:00 ~ Program Presentation

For reservations, contact Phoaebe Sheftel at paheftel@gmail.com