Certificate(s): Public Interest and Social Justice Law (Skills)
This course combines both theory and practice skills. A variety of readings, exercises, videos, and role-plays will be used to encourage in-depth analysis of mediation concepts and the application of these concepts in practice. Topics to be covered include negotiation theory, the mediation process, the role of the mediator, ethical issues in mediation, dealing with power imbalances, and the lawyer’s role in the mediation process. Students will participate in exercises at various stages of the mediation process. Starting Summer 2009, this course will be a graded course.
Mediation and alternative dispute resolution is a growing field as clients look to lawyers to be problem solvers and to expand the pie. This course provides students with the opportunity to develop their problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills; to examine the circumstances in which mediation is an appropriate form of dispute resolution; and to explore the role of the lawyer in mediation, either as mediator or as counsel to a client considering or participating in mediation. Attendance and full participation in role plays and demonstrations is mandatory. Evaluation is based on class exercises, participation, and short papers.