Block 1: One-Week Intensive
May 22 - 26, 2017
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. No class on Wednesday, May 24.
Program Courses and Faculty
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.
Lela Porter Love is Professor of Law and Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NYC). She started one of the first mediation clinics in the U.S. and regularly trains mediators both nationally and internationally. She has an active practice as a neutral, ranging from community disputes to complex litigated matters. Professor Love has written widely on the topic of dispute resolution, including three law school textbooks, many journal articles, and The Middle Voice (with Joseph Stulberg). She is past chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. In her chair year, she spearheaded the first International Mediation Leadership Summit in the Hague.
Daniel Weitz is the Director of the Office of ADR Programs for the New York State Unified Court System. As ADR Director, he oversees court-annexed ADR intiatives, the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program, and provides education and training programs for members of the judiciary, the bar, and court litigants.
This course surveys the impact that cultural differences, stereotypes and attributions have on key dispute resolution processes and on conflict generally. It is designed to build theoretical knowledge, to equip students with an analytical framework useful in determining suitable dispute resolution processes, and to instill practical skills and strategies to enhance effectiveness in cross-cultural contexts. Cultural differences in language, customs, values, legal systems and world-views are examined along various dimensions: orientation towards the individual or the collective community; importance of career success over quality of life; deference to authority; long vs. short term orientation; extent to which expectations for behavior are implicit or express;perceptions of time and personal space; and aversion to risk.
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 over 25 years. She has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law for over 15 years and Southern Methodist University for over 12 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 consultant for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS).