Helping Your Mediator Help You: Getting Your Civil Rights Case Settled

Mediators serve a number of purposes in the course of a settlement facilitation. They can disabuse the other side of its belief in the strength of its case. They can do the same to you. Or, they can chase both sides from the far reaches of the spectrum toward a place somewhere in between where the case should – and can – settle. They can brainstorm non-monetary issues that are likely not available in the courtroom and which may help get the case settled – reinstatement for a plaintiff, retraining or policy changes at the defendants’ workplace, an apology. But only with your help can the mediator do any of these things. Help the mediator help you – to get your civil rights case settled. In this short CLE, Phil Davis (Member – The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - will share insights gleaned from his many years as a plaintiffs’ civil rights lawyer – and his many fewer but eye-opening years as a mediator – to help you help your mediator to get your civil rights case settled.


Please review the time for the event in accordance with the listed time zones:

  • 9:00AM - 10:30AM (PST)
  • 10:00AM - 11:30 AM (MST)
  • 11:00AM - 12:30 PM (CST)
  • 12:00PM - 1:30PM (EST) 

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for this event will close March 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (CST) with no exceptions, to allow NPAP staff time to validate all registrants and ensure event security. Thank you for your understanding.



11:00 - 

  • When to Mediate
  • Pre-Mediation Efforts
  • Mediation
  • Use the Mediator as Your Tool
  • Mediation Statements and Attachments

11:35 -           

  • Relief
  • Attorneys’ Fees and Costs 
  • Confidentiality and Other Release and Settlement Agreement Issues
  • If the Case Does Not Settle

12:10 -                    

  • Questions

12:30 - Close



Phil Davis has lived in New Mexico since 1972. A 1978 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and a former federal district court law clerk, Phil has been in private practice in Albuquerque since 1981. Since then, he has represented the victims of government and corporate wrongdoing. He has handled hundreds of civil rights cases involving police false arrest and excessive force, employment cases involving wrongful termination, free speech retaliation and whistleblower claims, and numerous race, age and gender discrimination claims. Phil has been involved as well in class action cases on behalf of inmates in jails and prisons and persons with developmental disabilities in state-supervised facilities. He has tried cases in the federal and state courts all over New Mexico, and has been involved in numerous appeals in both the New Mexico and federal appellate courts.

Phil is also a lawyer’s lawyer – he has been hired to represent other lawyers in nearly one hundred cases involving attorneys= fees. He regularly consults with other attorneys on civil rights and attorneys’ fees matters in New Mexico and throughout the United States.

Since 2013, Phil has served in more than 250 cases as a mediator and an arbitrator in a wide array of civil rights, personal injury, employment and contracts cases. He is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals. Phil’s widespread acceptance as a neutral facilitator and a decision maker by his colleagues is a testament to his integrity, wisdom and experience.

March 19th, 2021 11:00 AM through 12:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
Non-NPAP/Non-NLG Attorney $ 129.95
NPAP/NLG Attorney; Non-Profit Attorney $ 99.95
Legal Worker/New Attorney (Less than 4 Years Experience) $ 49.95
Law Student $ 24.95