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Webinar: Integrating EQ and IQ in Dispute Resolution

March 23, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Hour MCLE

Each legal dispute is made up of two “cases”: the “emotional case” and the “legal case,” and they are usually conflated, resulting in impasse. Most lawyers tend to focus exclusively on the legal case, leaving the unaddressed emotional issues to wreak havoc with meaningful problem-solving. This program will discuss how to disentangle the legal and emotional cases, and how to work skillfully with each.  This includes recognizing that each “case” has its own distinct language and way of thinking.  Emphasis will be given to developing the capacity to recognize when emotional issues have surfaced and to bring your EQ into the foreground while still keeping your IQ in the background.  Finally, we will explore how to switch “languages” back and forth from foreground to background depending on the which “case” is predominant in the moment, resulting in a seamless “bilingual” form of problem-solving.

Learning objectives:

  • Using EQ in litigation as well as mediation, e.g., dealing with difficult clients, opposing counsel, etc.
  • How to disentangle the legal and emotional cases, recognizing that each “case” has its own language.
  • How non-mental health professionals can meaningfully work with the emotional dimensions.
  • Recognizing patterns of behavior to increase insight into disputes.

Non-Member Price – $75.00
Member Price – $55.00

Stephen H. Sulmeyer, J.D., Ph.D., joined JAMS in 2019 as a full-time neutral after 20 years as a mediator in private practice. With a dual background as a commercial and intellectual property litigator as well as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Sulmeyer specializes in the settlement of disputes involving professional and intimate relationships (such as family law, probate and estate planning, elder law, closely-held and family businesses, workplace/employment, sexual harassment and partnership disputes), disputes involving high levels of conflict and emotion (such as professional liability, personal injury, partnership dissolutions, and family law), as well as commercial and business disputes.  As a mediator he brings a high level of sensitivity and empathic skills that are particularly useful in cases involving party vulnerability (such as sexual harassment, discrimination and personal injury matters).  His skill at working with the human issues that drive disputes has earned him a reputation for resolving the most challenging high-conflict and high-emotion cases. 

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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