Conflict Resolution Program

The Conflict Resolution Program provides a rich array of academic activities that translate theory to practice. CRP offerings include academic courses, student competitions, workshops, conferences, and faculty scholarship emphasizing high tech, international law and social justice.

Santa Clara Law’s Conflict Resolution Program was established in 2017, through the generosity of John Bates, Jr., a prominent Bay Area mediator, Santa Clara Law class of ’74. He not only provided funding but also contributes his time, enthusiasm and considerable expertise to the program’s design. Significant gifts from additional donors have enabled the program to expand. This funding enables the Law School to expand its theory-to-practice academic offerings and activities for students promote connection and collaboration with Silicon Valley legal and business professionals. These activities include an array of workshops, conferences, internships and faculty scholarship. This funding also allows the Law School to extend the reach of conflict resolution educational programs to the greater University and Silicon Valley professional communities, as well as to the public generally.

Conflict Resolution Program academic offerings include courses in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, online dispute resolution and interviewing and counseling. It immediately attracted a large group of students eager to learn about dispute resolution and experience these skills and processes first-hand. The students’ energy and enthusiasm have resulted in other initiatives and programs, large and small, for this academic year.

Dana Curtis

Dana Curtis, Director

E. Gary Spitko

Gary Spitko, Faculty Director

Programs for Professionals – Executive Education and MCLE

The Conflict Resolution Program offers state-of-the-art training in communication, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, conflict management, problem-solving and online dispute resolution for legal, business and conflict resolution professionals. Our creative, engaging courses are highly interactive and incorporate current theoretical and practical developments in the field.

Conflict Resolution Program faculty are highly respected leaders in their fields, who are accomplished teachers as well as practitioners. For information about these talented teachers, click here.

  • Calendar of Events
  • Santa Clara-Stanford Conflict Resolution Workshops. Several times a year, on alternating campuses, the Conflict Resolution Program collaborates with Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution to present 1.5-hour workshops led by nationally recognized practitioners and scholars whose work encompasses mediation, negotiation, decision-making, arbitration or conflict theory. Please join us free of charge. For information about upcoming and previous workshops, click here.
  • Customized Management Training. Conflict Resolution Program staff and faculty will work with your organization to assess your needs and design engaging, effective and relevant training in wide ranging areas including negotiation, facilitation, mediation, arbitration, communication, team building, problem-solving and conflict management. For more information, contact Dana Curtis, Director of the Conflict Resolution Program,
  • Conflict Resolution Program Volunteer Opportunities. Opportunities to volunteer your services arise from time-to-time. We post our immediate needs here with instructions about how to volunteer. These opportunities generally involve:
    • Coaching teams of students for negotiation and representation in mediation competitions
    • Offering to work with student externs, if you are a mediator or arbitrator in need of research assistance
    • Mentoring students
    • Inviting students to “shadow” you as a mediator

    If you would like to volunteer, please let us know your areas of interest by contacting Dana Curtis at

  • Contribute. The Conflict Resolution Program welcomes contributions that enable us to expand academic offerings and activities and extend the reach of conflict resolution theory and practice to the greater Silicon Valley communities and the general public. For information about sponsorships and other opportunities for giving, contact Dana Curtis at (415) 535-8903, or