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Block 1: One-week Intensives: May 28 - June 1, 2013

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Mediation Theory and Practice

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.

Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations

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.

Phil 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.

Block 4: One-week Intensives: July 1 - 6, 2013

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday : 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Psychology of Conflict

Based on findings from the social sciences, this course examines how individuals think about and relate to one another in the context of conflict. Students acquire a theoretical framework for understanding and assisting parties in conflict. Concepts explored for their usefulness in conflict resolution include the following: personality development and differences; neurotic styles; difficult people and psychological disorders; predictable cognitive biases; sources of psychological resistance to dealing with conflict such as fear of abandonment, shame, guilt and unresolved grief; stages of conflict including escalation, stalemate, de-escalation, and resolution; social origins of conflict, including differences in values, beliefs and morals; socialization of aggressive and cooperative behaviors; emotional intelligence, self awareness and empathy; trust and altruism; anger and the limits of argumentation and rationality; prejudice and the need for enemies. The course includes at least one self-assessment instrument to enhance student awareness of individual differences in psychological styles.

Richard C. Reuben is the James Lewis Parks Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law and co-director of the Missouri Center for the Study of Conflict, Law & the Media. Reuben is co-author of Dispute Resolution and Lawyers (4th ed. 2009), a leading ADR casebook; a reporter for the Uniform Mediation Act, a project of the American Bar Association and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; and is one of the leading authorities on confidentiality in ADR processes. He is also the founding chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Committee on Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy, a member of the Editorial Board of the Section's Dispute Resolution Magazine, and the American Law Institute.

Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:
Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation

This class will examine each of the themes of Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation. A spectrum of definitions and meaning of each theme will be explored. A variety of approaches on how to implement each theme will be discussed. The material will be addressed from the context of governing our own lives, providing professional advice to another as an advocate, and serving as a mediator. Class material will include religious and non-religious perspectives on these themes.

Peter Robinson is managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than 39 states and foreign countries. He has served on the boards of the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, Southern California Mediation Association, and California Dispute Resolution Council. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006.

Dispute Resolution and Religion

This course explores conflict in the context of religion, with a focus on how religious beliefs can generate and affect conflict as well as provide guidance on its resolution. It examines special considerations important in managing religious disputes and unique factors to be taken into account when facilitating the resolution of conflicts set within the context of religious organizations, including those that do not involve religious issues per se. Techniques to help parties integrate their own religious beliefs into their approaches to conflict are given special emphasis. The course uses the Judeo-Christian perspective as a starting point for examining other religious heritages, to gain an appreciation for how various religious beliefs can influence an individual's approach to conflict resolution and reconciliation and how religion contributes to regional and international political strife.

Timothy Pownall is an assistant director of the Straus Institute. Pownall focuses on the Institute's international initiatives, faith-based ministries, and cooperative joint-degree programs. He serves as the chair of the board of the Center for Conflict Resolution, a faith-based, non-profit enterprise that provides dispute resolution services in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Pownall has provided consulting services in conflict management and training programs in negotiation and dispute resolution skills as a senior associate with Strategic Resolutions Group, LLC. He earned the Master's in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law and his BA in Psychology and Religion at Pepperdine University.