VOLUME 1 NO. 1 | FALL 2015
Quarterly E-Newsletter
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to the debut edition of The Olive Branch, a periodic newsletter distributed by Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas Inc. The name we chose for our newsletter illustrates our purpose and reflects an integral part of our DRS North Texas brand.
The symbolism of the olive branch and the dove are universal. Since ancient times, the olive branch has signified peaceful intentions. Its leaves echo the human desire for peace and signify one of our nation's founding principles: 

The power of peace is superior to the power of war.
The dove became an international icon during the International Peace Congress in Paris in 1949.
An emblem of virtue, the dove indicates that we seek harmony over discord. The process of reaching harmony is a dynamic one requiring energy, strength and dedication. 
DRS North Texas is a not-for-profit organization with dedicated professional volunteer mediators, a respected and active board of directors and a staff of five. Our service area includes all of Tarrant County and surrounding communities.

Our mission is to provide affordable mediation services-- an effective alternative to litigation-- and to teach mediation and dispute and conflict resolution.
You have our commitment to aspire to continually be a leading resource for affordable dispute resolution services for North Texans.

We hope you enjoy this issue and will share our news with your constituents, colleagues and friends.

For more, visit  www.drsnorthtexas.org.

Jacquelyn A. Flynt, JD
Executive Director
Who is Who?
Licensed attorney, Jacquelyn Flynt, joined Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. as Executive Director in May 2013. Ms. Flynt recruits, develops, and supervises DRS' field of over 200 professional volunteer mediators. Together with the DRS North Texas Board and her dedicated staff of four, she maintains relationships for DRS North Texas with government and referral agencies, courts, and the community.

As part of an expansive public education campaign initiated in 2015, she works to promote DRS North Texas programs and expand the practice of mediation, in general through public speaking and community education.
Prior to opening her own firm in 2011, Ms. Flynt worked as a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, where she gained valuable trial and appellate litigation experience. She provided advice and counsel in  matters involving family, consumer, probate, employment, landlord/tenant, and property law.
Ms. Flynt obtained her JD from TWU Law in 2002 and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Psychology in 1997. She is a trained mediator and parenting facilitator/coordinator.

Her specialty training, education, work experience, and history of working successfully with DRS North Texas as a volunteer mediator and attorney-consumer, positioned her well for her leadership role at DRS North Texas.

She is a member of the Tarrant County Bar and Family Law Bar Association as well as the Family and Poverty Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas.

Her hobbies include singing in her church choir, kayak-fishing, 
and spending time with family and friends.
Edited by Annette Mendoza


OCTOBER 9, 10, 23, and 24, 2015
A 30-Hour Family Mediation Training is scheduled for October 2015 to prepare trained mediators to mediate issues involving divorce, suits affecting the parent-child relationship, and other family law matters.
The training fulfills the requirements of Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 154.052(b) and will be conducted in accordance with the standards approved by the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable.

Continuing education credits for attorneys and social workers are available. If you are interested in registering, please email Annette Mendoza at 
"Negotiating A

On September 18, 2015, panelist Laurie Robinson, Sam Kayem, and Shari Barnes shared real life experiences on how they have negotiated their way through difficult mediations.

There was a small but mighty number of attendees who learned their conflict style and negotiation style. Each attendee put their skills to the test during the Life Auction. A fun time was had by all!
"The overall course evaluation is excellent. The course furthered my knowledge on negotiation theory." 

"This class was fun, informative, and professional."
"Understanding Diversity and Cultural Competency in Mediation"

On August 7, 2015, presenter Carrie Stewart taught on diversity and microagressions. The seminar was attended by 27 professionals including staff and volunteer mediators.
Attendees gathered in small groups to hear how incidents of discrimination had personally impacted them.

"[The course] went deeper into my understanding of cultural diversity."

Click below to view a video on Microagressions by author Derald Win Sue. 
Microagressions in Everyday Life
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