Association for Conflict Resolution Mediation - Houston Chapter


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A professional organization dedicated to  the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.

The Association for Conflict Resolution - Houston (ACR Houston) is a 501.c.3 organization dedicated to promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and conflict management, supporting and developing ADR professionals, and educating our community about the many uses and benefits of ADR.

"The Honorable Frank Evans (1928 - 2019)"
By - posted at 11/19/2019 5:08:44 PM

Judge Frank Evans
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Judge Frank Evans, commonly recognized as the “Father of ADR,” passed away on November 9, 2019.  The Honorable Frank G. Evans was honored with a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association Outstanding Credentialed Mediator for 2016, and Texas Association of Mediators Susanne C. Adams Award in 2008.

The obituary in The Austin American Statesmen and Houston Chronicle shares:

"FRANK GARRETTSON EVANS, III, retired Chief Justice of the Texas First Court of (Civil) Appeals passed away peacefully at his home in Bastrop, Texas, on November 9, 2019 at 91 years of age. A man who never met a stranger he didn’t want to get to know better, he always introduced himself simply as “Frank,” before starting an inquisitive line of questions to get to know his... [Read More]

"Joe Bontke (1957-2019)"
By - posted at 10/12/2019 4:42:17 PM

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The alternative dispute resolution (ADR) community bids farewell to one of its special envoys of peace. 

‘Joe Edward Bontke, known lovingly as Pop to his grandchildren, and Santa every Christmas, passed away at his home in the early morning hours of October 9, 2019. () Joe was a lifelong champion of equal rights for the disabled, working extensively as an advocate for promoting the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2002, Joe became the outreach coordinator and ombudsman for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a position where he fought for equal pay for women, immigrant rights, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, race equity, LGBTQ rights, and civility for all. Joe was a civil rights advocate and gifted public speaker. He traveled around Texas and the United States educating employers and human resource professionals on protecting equal rights... [Read More]

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
November 24, 2019 - Sunday
C. Hide - What’s Up with a Prenup?
Houston, TX - Seasons 52 Fresh Grill

What’s Up with a Prenup?

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Cindy K Hide
Family Law Attorney

What better way to avoid a contentious divorce than to begin marriage with a peaceful agreement about what to expect during life together? Prenuptial agreements do just that, and they are five times more common today than they were 20 years ago. Join Cindy Hide, a family law attorney who focused her boutique Galleria practice on prenuptial agreements and uncontested divorce. She offers you an intimate peek into these mysterious private contracts and discusses typical scenarios when a prenup is wise, common issues and solutions, reasons for creating a marital contract, and most importantly, how do you ask for one???  Find Cindy at and

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November 24, 2019
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill (4410 Westheimer)

$20 ACRH Members & Guest(s)*
$30  Non-members
* TAM and LERA members register at the ACRH member rate

December 10, 2019 - Tuesday
Houston, TX - Laurenzo’s Restaurant (part of the El Tiempo Cantina family)

Christmas Toy Drive for Houston Fire Department's

"Operation Stocking Stuffer"
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Laurenzo’s Restaurant
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5 - 7 p.m.


Get in the holiday spirit!  Please join LERA, TAM and ACR Houston for drinks and appetizers (appetizers are courtesy of LERA, TAM and ACRH, drinks are cash bar).  Enjoy the happy hour specials, relax and enjoy getting to know your co-laborers in the field.  A $25 donation or toy to contribute to the Houston Fire Department’s “Operation Stocking Stuffer” is requested.  A worthy cause! Please RSVP so that we may order sufficient appetizers. There will be a cash bar with happy hour prices for drinks and additional food.

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February 20-22, 2020; Thursday - Saturday
TAM Annual Conference 2020
Austin, Texas - Lakeway Resort and Spa

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