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Academy of Court-Appointed Masters - NEW - Training and Mentoring

Dear ACAM Fellows and Members:

It’s an exciting time for ACAM.We’re ready to announce our initial training and mentoring programs, thanks to the hard work of our Training and Mentorship Committee.Please review the information below in Merril Hirsh’s message and help us get the word out.

See you in Atlanta May 4-6, 2022!

David Tenner

President, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters


After months of work from our Training and Mentorship Committee Chairs Amy Gernon and Roger Haydock, our President-Elect Randi Ilyse Roth and former Federal Judicial Center Director and Judge Jeremy Fogel, ACAM will today be announcing the first-ever coordinated training and mentoring program for special masters.Mark your calendars for three 2022 training events:

“Pathways to Becoming a Special Master.”On Friday, March 4, 2022 at 2:00 pm EST/1:00 pm CST/noon MST/11am PST, ACAM will be presenting a nationwide virtual program that will help people learn about what it takes to become a special master; what judges look for when they choose special masters; and how both the profession and training for it is about to change.Judge Fogel will be joined by Senior Judges Michael J. Davis and Donovan Frank of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; Judge Susan M. Robiner (Presiding of the Civil Division of Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District); and Professor Ocampo Raeder of Carleton College.Registration is only $50 for ACAM Fellows, Members and Associates ($150 for others).Find out more, andregister here.

Special Master 101 and the ACAM Annual Meeting:On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, ACAM is planning a half-day live program at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia to provide basic training on what a special master needs to know.Come for the program and stay for ACAM’s annual meeting, May 5-6—an education in itself.We will be sending out details and registration information for the training and the annual meeting shortly.

The First Ever – Special Master Incubator Program.In Fall 2022, ACAM will bring new trainees together with more experienced special masters and judges to create not just an education program but a mentoring pod—an ACAM Class of ’22—that will work together to continue learning from each other and helping each other advance.Watch for details.

In the meantime, we’re continuing to work to improve the opportunities for all of our members.For example,

·On January 5, 2022, the National Center for State Courts posted a Tiny Chat discussing special masters and ACAM’s plans for the profession.Look for Tiny Chat #76:here.

·Our January 12, 2022 ABA CLE program “Creativity and Diversity: How To Use Special Masters and How To Become One,” had 165 registrants and is now available on theABA’s website.

·On January 27, 2022, we will be presenting a webinar “Creative Problem-Solving:How to Use Special Masters,” for the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.

·David Tenner and I and representatives of the ABA GP-Solo Division will be presenting “What is a Special Master and How Can You Become One?” at the virtual ABA Dispute Resolution/GP-Solo Joint Spring Conference in the last week of April.

You can registerhere.

We anticipate announcing several other programs shortly that will allow special masters to work with the judiciary, court staff, specific courts, bar and ADR organizations, and educational institutions to discuss making more and more effective use of special masters.

This is an exciting time for all of us and we can’t wait to talk with you about more developments.Please sign up for these events, join our committees and feel free to contact me with any thoughts or questions.

Merril Hirsh

Executive Director Academy of Court Appointed Masters

(202) 448-9020


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