Mediation Training

Summer 2013

Superior Court Mediation – Evening (2 hours)

Course #: 8605
Schedule of classes: TBA
Room: TBA
Prerequisite: none
Instructor: Adrienne Meddock

This course covers substantially the same as Superior Court Mediation – Day, but it is taught over a five-week period as part of the Evening Program’s regular Summer Session. The longer format and greater instruction time allow for additional readings and out-of-class assignments.

NB: Because of substantially similar content, students may take only one of the following courses for academic credit: Superior Court Mediation – Day, Superior Court Mediation – Evening, or Mediation.

Selected Topics in Dispute Resolution (1, 2, or 3 credit hours)

Course#: 9506
Schedule of classes: TBA
Room: TBA
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: TBA

This course will be used to address unique and timely topics, to accommodate one-time offerings, and to offer special seminar courses, such as ADR Systems Design, Family Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, and ADR in the Workplace.

DRI Externship I (2 credit hours)

Course #: 9803
Schedule of classes: TBA
Classroom component: TBA
Room: TBA
Clinical Component:  Throughout the semester
Instructor: Mark Morris

This course may be taken by any student. Students enrolled in the DRI Certificate Program will be given registration preference. The externship is conceived as a mechanism for linking students in meaningful ways to the practice of dispute resolution. The externship must contain a substantial dispute resolution component and provide significant opportunities for students to experience and learn practical dispute resolution applications and skills. Before registering for the course, the student must submit an application/proposal to the Director of the DRI, who has the authority to accept or deny the application. Students are responsible for proposing their own placement, though the DRI can sometimes make suggestions and provide ideas and introductions. Before completing the application, the student must have researched their proposed placement and talked in detail with someone within the organization about how the student’s externship will provide meaningful experience based learning opportunities. Credit for the course requires a minimum of 100 documented hours of work toward the externship and presentation of a final report (or weekly journal) that is reflective of the learning experience. Consult the Director of the Dispute Resolution Institute for more information. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Client Interviewing & Counseling  (2 credit hours)

Course#: 9310
Schedule of classes: M-F. 1:00 -4:00 PM, May 20-24, and May 28-31
Room: Mill Conference Room
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dorothy Nachman

This course will introduce students to a practice-oriented approach to interviewing and counseling. We will study the interviewing process, using assigned readings, video tapes, lecture materials, short exercises, and mock interviews as teaching-learning materials. The course also will involve the study of counseling. Counseling encompasses identifying, for the client, the various legal and non legal alternatives in order to provide the client with the information he/she needs to make an informed decision as to how to resolve his/her problem. We will also spend some time recognizing the barriers our own personalities erect to effective attorney/client relationships. The overall objective of the course is to enable students to effectively interview and represent clients.

Course topics will explore: 1) recognizing legal and non-legal dimensions of a client’s problems; 2) developing fundamental skills, including effective listening and questioning; 3) gathering information; and 4) understanding the decision-making process and helping clients make appropriate decisions. In addition, we will consider the additional skills necessary when working with clients via online technology and clients with special needs (ie: clients dealing with issues of aging, poverty, divorce or other significant family changes).

DRI Externship II (3 credit hours)

Course #: 9804
Schedule of classes: TBA
Classroom component: TBA
Room: TBA
Clinical Component:  Throughout the semester
Instructor: Mark Morris

This course is required for students seeking the Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution. The requirements are the same as DRI Externship I, except that the student must submit a 30 page final paper of publishable quality, the preparation of which will be supervised by the Director. This course is graded.

Theories of Conflict (2 Hours)

Course #: 8022
Schedule of classes: TBA
Room: TBA
Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Jessica Jameson

The role of the lawyer is increasingly understood to require core competencies in problem-solving and managing conflict. Therefore, effective representation is enhanced by a deeper understanding of the sources and nature of conflict. This course will examine conflict from a variety of theoretical perspectives including biological, psychodynamic, communication, social systems, and management. Implications for conflict escalation, de-escalation, and conflict transformation will be addressed. Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognize a variety of causes of conflict and conflict escalation, leading to greater ability to alter nonproductive responses to conflict
  • Recognize types of conflict that are beneficial and detrimental to individual, group, and/or organizational outcomes, leading to ability to foster productive conflict
  • Recognize the advantages, disadvantages, and potential outcomes of a variety of conflict management strategies
  • Analyze the characteristics of a given conflict, improving the ability to select appropriate conflict management strategies for different situations
  • Respond more productively to conflict through effective dialogue and negotiation