Pepperdine's acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution welcomed fifty-five judges from Thailand for a Mediating the Litigated Case training from August 27 through September 4.
Participants included junior and senior judges and justices from different courts throughout Thailand. Participants were chosen to attend the training in a highly-selective process by the judiciary of Thailand with the purpose of encouraging more judges to use mediation to resolve legal disputes.
The Straus Institute's Mediating the Litigated Case is six-day program that trains professionals to become mediators or better advocates. Taught by experienced trial lawyers who have made the transition from litigation to mediation practice, course participants learn the essential skills required to serve as mediators.
The program focuses on the various stages of mediation, identifying and working with different negotiation styles and facilitating problem solving regardless of whether the case involves contractual, tort, personal injury, employment, partnership, or securities issues.
The program also deals with issues specific to the adversarial setting including managing attorney advocates, the parameters of confidentiality, and concerns about discovery. It also covers issues of particular concern to attorney-mediators including the proscription against dual representation, providing legal advice, conflicts of interest, drafting mediation agreements, and other ethical dilemmas. The program offers participants opportunities to observe and mediate disputes and share those experiences during the advanced segment of the program.