Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
This course explores the various theories underlying and practices basic to mediation. The mediation process is organized into a series of stages, and basic mediation skills and techniques appropriate to each stage are identified and cultivated. Simulations and experiential exercises provide students with an opportunity to develop proficiency as mediators and to rigorously analyze appropriate roles and behavior as mediators and advocates taking into account the legal, ethical and public policy issues surrounding the practice of mediation.
Denise Madigan is with ADR Services, Inc., in Los Angeles, and was formerly with JAMS/Endispute for 10 years. She entered the field as an Associate Director for the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program back in the early 1980's. Madigan received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and has over twenty years' of experience mediating a wide range of litigation and public policy cases nationwide. In addition to her full-time practice, Madigan has taught mediation as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law, Hong Kong University Law School, City University of Hong Kong Law School, and Shantou University in mainland China. She is a regular lecturer for the California Judicial College, and has designed and taught courses for state and federal courts, government agencies and commercial entities over the past twenty years.
This 2-unit survey course will explore corporate and organizational litigation and conflict management on both a portfolio "macro" level and matter-specific "micro" level, and will emphasize the role of the attorney as a problem solver. Students will learn both the theory and practice, as well as the ethical implications, behind various techniques that can be utilized to prevent, manage, and resolve significant individual, multiparty, and class action disputes on behalf of a corporation or organization, as well as related theory and practice with respect to preventing, managing, and resolving large volumes of litigation and conflict on an enterprise-wide or similar basis. The format will include interactive lectures, discussions, role plays and videos designed to illustrate various dispute resolution processes. Students will obtain an overview and understanding of how to develop legal and business strategies and tactics in the context of detained case plans and the associated economics of such plans; the principles of early case assessment and exploring early resolution strategies; and an in-depth understanding of how a particular process is or is not appropriate for a given fact situation.
Phillip Armstrong is Senior Counsel for ADR and Litigation at Georgia-Pacific LLC headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been with Georgia-Pacific for 31 years, having previously served in numerous positions with the company. Since 1995, he has been in charge of Georgia-Pacific's nationally recognized ADR program. He serves as Budget Officer for the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Executive Committee for the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. Mr. Armstrong is also an adjunct professor, teaching dispute resolution and litigation management at the law schools of Emory University and Pepperdine, and formerly at Georgia State University.