Mediations are dynamic and fluid. Both aspiring neutrals and sophisticated advocates should know the predictable themes and stages of a mediation as well as the variety of styles and techniques used in each stage. Competence in the mediation approaches and techniques that are not intuitive for a particular mediator marks the differences between the serious professional practitioner and the causal volunteer. This course will survey how successful mediators use a variety of approaches in five fundamental stages of a mediation. The emphasis will be on encouraging the exercise of conscious professional judgment and strategies analysis for both mediators and advocates.
What you will learn:
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.
Deborah Thompson Eisenberg is an assistant professor of law and director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she writes and teaches in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and employment law. Prior to law teaching, she practiced complex civil litigation, especially employment and civil rights cases, for 15 years. Her diverse practice included work at a large corporate law firm, a public-interest advocacy organization, and a boutique firm where she was a partner representing primarily employees. Eisenberg represented clients at mediation in a variety of contexts, in individual and class action cases, at agencies and in state and federal courts. In addition, she is a trained mediator and mediates employment and civil cases. She is the former president of the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association and a graduate of Yale Law School.