Stephen L. Shields, JD, LLM

Stephen L. Shields, JD, LLM is a partner in the Memphis-based law firm of Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt. Since 1991, Mr. Shields has been listed in Best Lawyers In America and he is also listed in The American Lawyer magazine’s “Top Lawyers.” As an attorney, Mr. Shields has spent hundreds of hours representing clients in mediations and arbitrations. He also served as counsel to St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis for twenty years prior to the hospital closing its doors.

Apart from his law practice, Mr. Shields is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator and has mediated cases involving employment disputes, discrimination claims, and disputes that have arisen between business partners — among many other issues. The Tennessee Supreme Court and the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission have approved Mr. Shields as a Trainer for General Civil Mediation and he has dedicated hundreds of hours to training professionals in the skills that will serve them — and their clients — well in conflict management and mediation. Mr. Shields also coaches supervisors in the workplace on conflict management skills.

Mr. Shields is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis where he teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and related courses. He has also served as Coach for the University of Memphis School of Law Mediation Team, which competed in the American Bar Association’s Mediation Competition for the first time in 2012.

Mr. Shields is the Past-President of the Tennessee Association for Professional Mediators (2013), the Past-Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2012–13), and is chair of the Memphis Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section in 2014. Mr. Shields is a frequent lecturer on mediation and conflict management and the author of numerous articles on the subject.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Professional Listings

  • Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator
  • Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission Approved Rule 31 Civil Mediation Trainer
  • Listed Mediator in the Mediator Profile Directory of the United States District Court Western District of Tennessee

 

Current and Past Leadership Positions

  • Chair – Mid-South Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) (2016 -)
  • Vice-Chair – Alliance For Non-Profit Excellence (2016 – )
  • President – Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators (2017) (I was asked by the TAPM Board to again lead the organization.)
  • Executive Council Member of Tennessee Bar Association’s ADR Section
  • Past -Chair – Memphis Bar Association’s ADR Section (2014)
  • Past-President – Tennessee Association for Professional Mediators (2013)
  • Past-President of the Tennessee School Board Association’s Council of Attorneys (2013-2014)
  • Former Chair – TBA’s ADR Section (2012 – 2013)
  • ABA Task Force on Ombudsmen (2012)
  • Past-President – Memphis Bar Foundation (2006)
  • Past-Chair – MBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section (2004)
  • Tennessee Educator Ethics Task Force – appointed by Education Commissioner (2005)
  • Board Member – Agricenter International
  • Past-Chair – Agricenter International

 

Teaching/Coaching

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution/Employment
  • Coached University of Memphis School of Law Mediation Team for participation in the American Bar Association’s Mediation Competition in 2012 (first year participation) and 2013. Each year, UofM teams won the Regional Competition. Coach of the 2016 University of Memphis School of Law Mediation Team (UofM Team was Regional finalist).
  • Judge in the American Bar Association’s Mediation Competition in Miami (2014)

 

Director of University of Memphis School of Law Mediation Clinic/Adjunct Professor

  • 2013-Present

 

Mediation Award

  • 2015 Recipient of the prestigious Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award (See attached announcement)

 

 

Other Professional Honors

  • Best Lawyers In America (1991 – Present)
  • Who’s Who In Memphis Business – The Power Players 2015

 

Videos Scripted (and Appeared In) for the Tennessee Professional Association of Mediators

  • Mastering Rule 31
  • Mock Mediation For Use In Training Mediators

 

National and State Conventions

  • Presenting Principles of Conflict Resolution to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) at their National Training Conference
  • Tennessee School Board Association Annual Meeting (Nashville, TN) – Conflict Management

 

Mediation Training Courses That Mr. Shields Has Taught

 

These are courses that the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (“ADRC”) requires in order to become a Listed Rule 31 General Civil Mediator or to Crossover from General Civil Mediation to Family Mediation or Vice-Versa.

 

Tennessee Supreme Court ADRC–Approved Mediation Courses:

  • Civil Crossover Training — Family to Civil (6/6 – 6/7/2011)
  • Civil Crossover Training — Family to Civil (8/11– 8/12/2011)
  • Rule 31 Civil Mediation Training (40 Hour Course):
    • 1/26 – 1/28/2012 – 2/9 – 2/11/2012
    • 5/31 – 6/2/2012 –   6/14 – 6/16/2012
    • 10/25 – 10/27/2012 – 11/8 – 11/10/2012
    • 1/24 – 1/27/2013 – 2/7 – 2/9/2013
    • 10/24 – 10/26/2013 – 11/7 – 11/9/2013
    • 5/15 – 5/17/2014 – 5/29- 5/31/2014
    • 2/5-2/7/2015 – 2/19-2/21/2015
    • 8/6-8/2015 – 8/20-8/22/2015
    • 3/24-25/2016-3/29-4/1/2016
    • 7/28-30/2016-8/4-6/2016
    • 3/23-25/2017-3/30-31-4/1/2017

 

Arkansas Supreme Court ADRC–Approved Mediation Courses:

  • 2/5 – 2/7/2015 – 2/19 – 2/21/2015

 

Mediation Training Courses for Healthcare Professionals:

  • Conflict Resolution & Bioethics Mediation Training for Health Care Professionals (1/16 -1/18/2014)
  • Conflict Resolution & Bioethics Mediation Training for Health Care Professionals (6/12 -6/14/2014)
  • Conflict Resolution & Bioethics Mediation Training for Health Care Professionals (St. Jude Hospital Leadership Team Only (8/14-8/15/14)
  • Conflict Resolution & Bioethics Mediation Training for Health Care Professionals (10/9 -10/11/2014)
  • Conflict Resolution & Bioethics Mediation Training for Health Care Professionals (3/26 -3/28/2015)
  • Conflict Resolution & Bioethics Mediation Training for Health Care Professionals (7/23 -7/25/2015)

 

Training Conducted for the State of Tennessee:

  • Title: “Weaving Mediation Into The Fabric of Tennessee Government”

      (Training State Agency Personnel – Nashville, TN  10/20-10/24/14)

  • Title: Weaving Mediation Into The Fabric of Tennessee Government”

(Training State Agency Personnel – Nashville, TN  08/3/15)

  • Title: “Weaving Mediation Into The Fabric of Tennessee Government”

(Training State Agency Personnel – Nashville, TN  3/7 – 3/11/16)

 

Conflict Management Training for School Districts

  • Conflict Management Training for School Administrators

 

Conflict Management Training for Non-Profit Organizations:

 

  • Series of Seminars for the Alliance For Non-Profit Excellence providing training to its members

 

Conflict Management Training for For-Profit Organizations:

 

  • Conflict training for numerous local companies training supervisors on conflict management

 

Mediation Practice As A Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator:

 

  • Shields has mediated hundreds of cases involving a variety of disputes (e.g. employment disputes, collective/class actions, construction, personal injury, landlord/tenant, contract).

 

Publications

 

  • Shields has written numerous articles for state and local publications about mediation and conflict management


 

Additional Mediation Training Courses Presented

  • Success Using ADR (West Tennessee Associated Builders & Contractors — 3/28/2008)
  • ADR Annual Review (Memphis Bar Association — 12/2/2009)
  • ADR Annual Forum (Tennessee Bar Association — 3/12/2010)
  • How To Prepare for Mediation (Tennessee Bar Association — 8/11/2010)
  • Court Square Series: Dyersburg Alternative Dispute Resolution (Tennessee Bar Association — 9/17/2010)
  • Early Dispute Resolution In Health Care (Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute —10/1/2010)
  • ADR Annual Review (Memphis Bar Association — 10/19/2010)
  • 2011 Regional ABA Mediation Competition (Judge/Mediator) — (University of Tennessee College of Law — 3/11 – 3/12/2011)
  • ADR Annual Seminar (Tennessee Bar Association (Nashville) — 5/6/2011)
  • Closing the Deal (Memphis Bar Association Bench Bar (Destin) — 5/7/2011)
  • Addressing Conflict from the Boardroom to the Schoolhouse (Tennessee School Board Association: Summer Law Institute (Jackson) — 6/24/2011)
  • Addressing Conflict from the Boardroom to the Schoolhouse (Tennessee School Board Association: Summer Law Institute (Gatlinburg) — 7/22/2011)
  • Everything I Know About Neuro-Science and Conflict Resolution (Memphis Bar Association/ADR Section — 6/30/2011)
  • Master Series: Mastering Rule 31 (Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators —9/22/2011)
  • Everything I Know About Neuro-Science and Conflict Resolution (TN Alliance for Legal Services — 10/14/2011)
  • Neuroscientific and Psychological Considerations in Dealing With High Conflict Personalities (Memphis Bar Association/ADR Section — 10/19/2011)
  • ADR Annual Seminar (Memphis Bar Association — 12/7/2011)
  • All About Ethics (TAPM Nashville) — 12/8/2011)
  • TAPM Annual Conference (TAPM — 3/9/2012)
  • Negotiation Strategies (Tennessee Bar Association (Webinar) 3/28/2012)
  • ADR Annual Seminar (Tennessee Bar Association — 4/12/2012)
  • Roundtable Discussion (Tennessee Bar Association — 6/6/2012)
  • Jackson Court Square Series: Negotiations (Tennessee Bar Association — 9/27/2012)
  • Public Sector Mediation (TAPM — 10/8/2012)
  • TN ADRC Workshop (TN ADRC Commission — 10/19/2012)
  • ADR Annual Seminar (Tennessee Bar Association — 4/11/2013)
  • Mediator of the Day Training (Memphis Bar Association — 5/29/2013)
  • Advocacy in Mediation (Memphis Bar Association — 6/4/2013)
  • Damages In Employment Mediation (Memphis Bar Association — 11/2013)
  • Pre-Mediation Preparation and Mediator’s Opening Statement (Lawyer Association of Women and West TN Legal Services — 11/1/13)
  • Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute (American Bar Association — 11/21 – 11/22/2013)
  • TN ADRC Workshop (TN ADRC Commission – 11/7/14)

 

  • Dispute Resolution Procedures and Practices Related to Engineering (Engineers Club of Memphis – 1/26/15)
  • Application Of Game Theory To Mediation – TBA ADR Annual Seminar (Tennessee Bar Association – 5/1/15)
  • Mediation Ethics (Panel Discussion) – TBA ADR Annual Seminar (Tennessee Bar Association – 5/1/15)
  • Legal and Ethical Updates for Mediators (Memphis Bar Association – 5/8/15)
  • Seminar: ADR & The Law (Christian Brothers University – 6/25/15)
  • Creating and Managing Dispute Resolution Plans – TBA Webcast (Tennessee Bar Association – 11/4/15)
  • Creating and Developing An Employee Dispute Resolution Plan TBA ADR Annual Seminar (Tennessee Bar Association – 4/22/16)
  • Basics of Conflict Resolution (Tipton County Schools  – 6/1/16)
  • Board Retreat Facilitator (Millington Municipal Schools)
  • Negotiations Skills– TBA State Government Attorneys Forum (Tennessee Bar Association – 8/17/2016)
  • Workplace Conflict Management (Alliance For Non-Profit Excellence – 10/19/16)
  • Creating and Managing Productive Relations In Mediations(Tennessee Bar Association – 11/2/16)
  • Establishing A Court Mediation In Your Judicial District or County (TAPM –11-18-16)
  • Annual ADR Seminar (Tennessee Bar Association 4/10/17)
  • Southeastern Conference on Conflict Management (Lipscomb University – 5/10/17)
  • Workers Compensation Annual Educational Conference (State of Tennessee – 6/14/17)

 

 

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Mediation Training Courses Attended

  • Conflict Resolution (University of Memphis — 3/3/07)
  • Mediation & The Art of Negotiation (Tennessee Bar Association — 4/18/07)
  • Mediating the Complex Case (Lipscomb University — 6/7 – 6/8/07)
  • Rule 31 Mediation Training (Lipscomb University — 6/28 – 6/29/07)
  • A Litigator’s Guide to Mediation and Mediator’s Guide to Litigators (TN Valley Mediation Association — 4/11/08)
  • ADR Ethical Issues (Memphis Bar Association — 10/3/08)
  • Assessing Our Internal GPS when Navigating the Transitions through Cultural Diversity, Conflict, and Change In Our Personal Lives and When We Serve as Mediators (TN Supreme Court ADRC 6th Annual Workshop (Webinar) — 10/10/08)
  • ADR Annual Review (Memphis Bar Association — 12/12/08)
  • Roundtable Presentation & Discussion on Practice Tips for Mediators in a Bad Economy (Memphis Bar Association — 3/26/09)
  • Mediation Month Training (Tennessee Human Rights Commission — 7/7/09)
  • ADR Annual Review (Memphis Bar Association — 12/2/09)
  • ADR Annual Forum (Tennessee Bar Association — 3/12/10)
  • ADRC 7th Annual Advanced Mediation Techniques Workshop (TN Supreme Court ADR Commission — 10/16/09)
  • ADRC 8th Annual Advanced Mediation Techniques Workshop (TN Supreme Court ADR Commission — 10/20/10)
  • ADRC 9th Annual Advanced Mediation Techniques Workshop (TN Supreme Court ADR Commission — 10/21/11)
  • TAPM Annual Conference (TAPM — 2/24/11)
  • Taming the Tiger (Lipscomb University — 2/25/11)
  • Master Mediators “Lessons from The Trenches” (University of Tennessee College of Law — 3/11/11)
  • TAPM Annual Conference (TAPM — 4/30/11)
  • Midwest Mediation Conference, Speaker: Forrest “Woody” Mosten (Indiana Association of Mediators — 9/9 – 9/10/11)
  • The Art of Thinking Together: Tools of Reflecting Practice for Improving Mediator and Client Communication (TAPM — 9/15/11)
  • Southeast Conference on Conflict Management (Lipscomb University — 9/25/12)
  • ADR Annual Seminar (Memphis Bar Association — 11/28/12)
  • Annual TAPM Ethics Seminar (TAPM — 12/6/12)
  • Promoting Professional Accountability (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine — 6/7 – 6/8/13)
  • Personal Injury: Damages & Other Considerations for Civil Mediators (Memphis Bar Association — 7/12/13)
  • Ethics In Negotiations (ALI-CLE — 9/25/13)
  • Neuroscience and Mediation (Presented by Doug Noll) (TAPM — 2/14/2014)
  • 16th Annual American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Spring Conference (4/2-5/14)
  • The Ethics of Scribing (TAPM – 12/5/14)
  • MBA ADR Annual Seminar (Memphis Bar Association 10/30/14)
  • TAPM Annual Conference – “Telling Stories and Making Meaning” (TAPM – 4/8/15)
  • New Directions In Neuroscience (Memphis Bar Association – 9/25/15)
  • ADRC Advanced Mediation Training: “Becoming A Master Mediator” (TN Supreme Court ADR Commission – 10/16/15)
  • MBA ADR Annual Seminar (Memphis Bar Association – 11/20/15)
  • Ethics: Know The Gaps In Mediation (Memphis Bar Association – 2/24/16)
  • TAPM Annual Conference – “47 Things A Mediator Should Know” (TAPM  4/8/16)
  • ADRC Advanced Mediation Training: “Making Mediation Your Day Job” (TN Supreme Court ADR Commission – 10/14/16)
  • A Strategy and Skills Workshop For Advocates and Neutrals (Memphis Bar Association 12/13/16)
  • TAPM Annual Conference (TAPM 3/3/17)
  • International Academy of Mediators 2017 Spring Conference (International Academy of Mediators 4/27-29/17)

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From: Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD GOES to

memphis MEDIATOR Steve shields

 

 

Nashville, February 26, 2015.  On March 6, 2015, as part of the celebration of Mediation Day proclaimed by Gov. Haslam, Stephen L. Shields will be honored in Nashville for his pioneering and lasting contributions to the field of mediation. A Memphis-based mediator and trainer, Shields is a member of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission’s Mediation Committee that works to assist unrepresented (“pro se”) litigants with mediators at no or reduced costs.

 

The Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee will present the eighth annual Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award to Shields at the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management, Ezell Center, Nashville TN. Other distinguished guests include past award recipients, Grayfred Gray, Hon. Janice Holder, Larry Bridgesmith, Jocelyn Wurzburg, and Marietta Shipley, and Nashville-based  writer and “organizational storyteller” David Hutchens, who will present an all-day advanced skills training workshop on “Telling Stories and Making Meaning.”

 

“Mediation has become part of the fabric of the law and its practice,” said Steve Shields. “More broadly, mediation has become a means of empowering those who may not otherwise have their voices heard and thus it enhances freedom and democracy.”

 

“Mediation offers a unique opportunity to resolve disputes efficiently in terms of both time and money, which results in a greater sense of satisfaction to the parties involved,” said Ruth Hillis, President of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators (TAPM) a member of the Coalition.

 

“This year, TAPM and the Coalition will bring opportunities for education, mentoring, and collegial discussion to mediators across Tennessee. By spreading awareness, we remove barriers to mediation services so ordinary people in both rural and urban areas can find mediators to assist them. Our legal system is overburdened and sometimes unresponsive. Those in conflict can use mediation to deal with difficult situations in a safe and cost-effective way,” said Jackie Kittrell, TAPM’s President-Elect.

 

Governor Haslam proclaimed March 6, 2015 as Mediation Day in Tennessee, in recognition of the contribution of mediation and to encourage its further growth in the State.  More than 1,000 mediators listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court assist the courts in resolving disputes. Additional trained mediators volunteer their time at community mediation centers across the state. Per the Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, mediators self-reported 5,451 cases mediated in 2014, with 71% of the cases fully or partially resolved through mediation.

 

About March 6 luncheon:  Members of the public may purchase tickets online by clicking: Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators. The luncheon is open to media.

 

 

About CMAT and the Grayfred Gray Public Service Mediation Award:  The Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee (CMAT) was formed in 2006 to maximize the resources and expertise of various groups who provide alternative dispute resolution services. The Coalition assists the courts and community organizations in providing programs and activities that educate the public and the legal profession about the benefits of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

 

CMAT presents the annual Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award to persons who make innovative and lasting public service contributions through alternative dispute resolution in Tennessee. The award is named after its first recipient, Grayfred Gray, Emeritus Professor, University of Tennessee College of Law, and founder of UT’s outstanding Mediation Clinic. Past recipients of the award also include Janice Holder, Marietta Shipley, Shelby R. Grubbs, Robert P. Murrian, Jocelyn Wurzburg, Larry Bridgesmith, Carol Berz, Jean Munroe, and Anne Sides.

 

More about honoree and his public service:

Stephen L. Shields

 

Steve L. Shields, a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator, has mediated cases involving employment disputes, discrimination claims, and disputes that arise between business partners, among other issues. He has dedicated hundreds of hours to training professionals in skills that serve them and their clients well in conflict management. He is a Partner in the Memphis law firm of Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt and has been listed in Best Lawyers In America since 1991.

 

Shields is a member of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission’s Mediation Committee that works to assist unrepresented (“pro se”) litigants with mediators at no or reduced costs. He was one of the original organizers of the Mediator-of-the-Day Program in the Memphis General Sessions Courts, providing volunteer mediators for pro se litigants. He has provided hundreds of hours of mediation services and mentoring/training others to do the same work. He is working with other Rule 31 mediators across the state to implement a Mediator-of-the-Day Program in their communities. Shields is an Adjunct Professor at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis where he teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and is Director of the Mediation Clinic. In 2012 and 2013, he coached the law school’s Mediation Team. He is Past President of TAPM (2013), Past Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s ADR Section (2012–13), and Past Chair of the Memphis Bar Association’s ADR Section (2014). He is also Past President of the Memphis Bar Foundation and Past Chair of the Memphis Bar Labor and Employment Section.

 

Contact information

Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee:

Marnie Huff:  615-812-5557; Marnie@MargaretHuffMediation.com