How Mediations Involving Public Entities are Different

1 hour of CE for registered neutrals (GA) & 1 hour of CLE for Georgia attorneys, including 1 trial hour

Session Information


This session outlines how mediation involving public entities is different.

Topics covered will include:

Georgia Open Records/Open Meetings law implications; Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution considerations; Georgia Uniform Mediation Act implications considerations; Media and political considerations; Specific examples of mediations; LOST/SPLOST; Hotel/Motel Tax revenue; Service Agreements between counties and cities; Budget disputes; Disputes involving overlapping jurisdiction of public officials; and Electric Membership Corporations.

In-person attendees can join the panel for How Mediations Involving Public Entities are Different in the Auditorium:

10:00am to 11:00am

This session will be live-streamed to virtual attendees.

Ted Baggett, Esq.

Ted Baggett practices law with the firm of Pereira, Kirby, Kinsinger & Nguyen, LLP in Lawrenceville, Georgia, primarily representing municipal clients. Ted was recently named city attorney by the Mayor and CityCouncil of Tucker in July of 2022. In addition, Ted assists the firm in representing other municipal clients, including Lawrenceville, Duluth, SugarHill, and Grayson, as well as numerous local authorities.

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Mark Dehler, Esq.

Born and raised in Georgia, Mark has practical political, legal, and governmental experience in all parts of the State and will travel anywhere inGeorgia at no charge to mediate disputes. Mark has significant trial experience on both the plaintiff and defense side of medical malpractice cases, general personal injury cases, stock fraud cases, and commercial disputes.

Raytheon Rawls, Esq.

At the Fanning Institute, Raye’s focus is in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes as well as dialogue. She is an attorney, a member of the State Bar of Georgia and has mediated and arbitrated thousands of cases in government institutions, court systems, corporations and with private parties. In addition, her courses have been approved by several state bar associations, the National Association of Social Workers and other professional organizations. In 2018, she received the Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution in Georgia.

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Full Agenda

The program will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (full agenda outlined below)

Those attending via livestream will not have access to view sessions presented in Room A, but will have access to a recording of these sessions (and all others) during the month of December (2023). Those attending the conference in person will have a choice between two breakout sessions, held at 10:00 AM and 2:15 PM. Like livestream attendees, a recording of all sessions will be available to in-person attendees for the month of December (2023).


7:30 am - 8:30 am

8:30 am - 8:45 am

8:45 am - 9:45 am

9:45 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 11:15 am

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

4:30 pm - Your call!

Continuing Education Information

How Mediations Involving Public Entities are Different is approved for 1 hour of CE for registered neutrals (GA) & 1 hour of CLE for Georgia attorneys (pending).

The total conference is approved for 6 hours of CE for registered neutrals and is approved by the State Bar of Georgia for 6 CLE hours, including ethics, trial, and professionalism credit.


All CE for neutrals registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution will be automatically applied by December 2.


Georgia Attorneys who purchase the appropriate ticket option will have CLE hours automatically reported to the State Bar of Georgia. The fee for CLE hours is included in the ticket price.


Attorneys from states other than Georgia: Upon request, we will be happy to assist you with needed documentation to self-report hours to your local State Bar. Please reach out to us at

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