Advanced Mediation: Skills and Techniques

Faculty:  Nina Meierding and Alexander Williams

**Includes 2 CLE hours of ethics and 1 CLE hour of elimination of bias.

Advanced mediation is a highly interactive course that moves far beyond introductory lectures and simple role-plays to draw upon the vast mediation work of the highly experienced trainers.  Nina Meierding has over 4,000 mediations in private practice and Alexander Williams brings experience from nearly a thousand settlement conferences as a judge and hundreds of mediations in private practice.  Much of the course will consist of comparing participants’ techniques and approaches to common problems in mediation. The course will be limited in enrollment.

Participants are accepted through application. They must have completed acceptable, basic mediation training, and have significant experience as a mediator.

Advanced Mediation Application

What you will learn:

  • Review of the "STAR" approach to mediation
  • Stages in complex mediations
  • Understanding how different techniques apply to early, mid-stage, and
    late-stage negotiations
  • Tasks and strategies in resolving difficult cases
  • Activities of experienced mediators in moving beyond impasse
  • Results that experienced mediators seek beyond just a settlement, including the art of the apology
  • The best advice from colleagues in the field who have financially successful practices--including what separates the trained mediator with no cases from the one who is in demand
  • What prominent mediation organizations tell panelists about procedures, practices, and ethical dilemmas

Nina Meierding, a former civil attorney, has been a national leader in the field of conflict resolution, training thousands of individuals in businesses, courts, school districts, governmental agencies, medical centers, corporations, and universities throughout the United States and abroad for almost 30 years. She has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law for over 20 years and Southern Methodist University for over 15 years and has taught at many other universities, as well as the National Judicial College and the California Judicial College.  She is a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the board of directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution and many other organizations. She was the director and senior mediator at the Mediation Center in Ventura, California, from 1985 to 2007 where she mediated over 4,000 disputes and is currently the mediation partner and consultant for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS).

Alexander H. Williams III is a mediator, arbitrator and discovery referee in private practice with ADR Services, Inc. in Los Angeles.  He served as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1984 to 2008.  He presided for 8 years in a felony criminal trial department and for another 13 years in a general jurisdiction civil trial department, handling thousands of cases and conducting hundreds of court and jury trials.  A trained mediator, he spent his final three years presiding over a full-time settlement court, where he daily conducted settlement conferences and settled hundreds of cases.  Williams was the chair of the Judicial Education Subcommittee of the Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.  Before taking the bench, he served as a police officer, Navy judge advocate, and federal prosecutor.

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