Sheila PurcellWelcome to UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution! CNDR offers superior education and cutting-edge scholarship in dispute resolution to law students, attorneys, practitioners and international visitors.  In the heart of San Francisco, steps away from Federal and State Courts, CNDR collaborates on projects and events with non-profits, commercial ADR providers and government agencies.  Over a third of the student body takes an elective course through CNDR each year.  We are shaping the future of dispute resolution and we invite you to join us.  -Sheila Purcell, CNDR Director and UC Hastings class of '86.

Upcoming Events

September 27 An Introduction to Conflict Coaching - this one-day workshop is for coaches, dispute resolution professionals, Human Resource and Organizational Development professionals, and others who are interested in exploring how conflict coaching can be used to help individuals and groups engage better in the midst of conflict.  More>
October 8 ADR Around the World - Join CNDR for a look at the use of ADR and Mediation across the globe. More>
October 10 & 11 The Practice of Conflict Coaching - this two-day course builds on the Introduction to Conflict Coaching workshop and provides an overview of the practice of conflict coaching as a means of assisting individuals and teams to work through specific conflict situations, and as a process for further developing personal conflict competence.  More>

Past Events

June 25-27

13th Annual Online Dispute Resolution "ODR" Forum - UC Hastings and Stanford University will co-host with significant collaboration from the ABA Internet Bar Organization and co-sponsorship from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. UC Hastings will host a Hackathon and ABA President James R. Silkenat will present a keynote address.  More>

June 11-14 & 16-17

Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation - This comprehensive mediation training provides a unique blend of mediation theory, hands-on mediation skills training and an exploration of the sensibilities and personal qualities required to be an effective mediator.  Taught by Jessica Notini, the course offers 40 hrs MCLE credit, including 1.5 hrs Elimination of Bias & 2 hrs Legal Ethics.  More>

May 12

Session One of UC Hastings Summer Legal Institute begins.  CNDR offers 2 sections of the popular Intensive Negotiation & Settlement course during UC Hastings' Summer Legal Institute. One section meets in the evenings; the other meets during the day.  Both are taught by experienced professionals. These courses are open to any J.D. student currently enrolled in law school and in good academic standing, and to UC Hastings LL.M and MSL students.  More>

April 19, 26 & May 3

Advanced Mediation and Conflict Resolution Practice with Teresa Carey - Looking to build upon your mediation knowledge, experience and skills? This thought provoking course will offer participants the opportunity to hone their skills by working through real world cases with personalized coaching, debrief and discussion.  18 hours MCLE credit available, including 4 hrs Ethics, 1 hr Elimination of Bias & 1 hr Substance Abuse.  More>


Sheila Purcell, Director and Clinical Professor at UC Hastings 'Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, and Janet Martinez, Director of the Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program at Stanford Law School publish their article "Mediator's in the Field: Experiences Around the Globe" in the ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine.  Read the article.

February 16

Great Lakes Champion TeamCongratulations to 1Ls Mary Chamaki, Danielle Bogaards and Maya Ziv, First Place Mediation Team at the Great Lakes International Mediation Competition at Michigan State College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan.

February 14

Director Sheila Purcell blogs on indisputably.org http://www.indisputably.org/?p=5352

February 8

ABA Negotiation National TeamCongratulations to 1Ls Justin Page and Danielle Chang, who advanced to the ABA National Negotiation Competition after their 3rd Place finish at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Berkeley last November. Justin and Danielle won their head-to-head match but did not advance to the National Finals.  Overall they finished in 7th Place out of 227 teams and ended up placing higher in the Nationals than anyone else from the West Coast, including the teams that finished ahead of them in the regional competition.

February - March

The Young & The Employed - This 4-part speaker series features young lawyers who have moved into solo, small firm and non-profit careers that include significant work in negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution.  Every other Wednesday, starting Feb. 5th.  For more information, click here.

February 1 

12th Annual Northern California ADR Faculty Teaching Conference  Save the Date!  CNDR and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford have secured Michael Wheeler from the Harvard Business School and Debra Gerardi to present at the annual Northern California ADR Faculty Conference.  Michael’s new book, “The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World”, examines negotiation agility and creativity from diverse fields such as jazz, sports, theater and military science.  He will explore how improvisation is its own discipline with its own mindset and techniques that can be learned with the appropriate attitude.  Debra, a healthcare conflict engagement specialist who has trained at Second City and Bay Area Theater Sports, will lead an interactive improvisation session for faculty to learn first hand how to incorporate improvisation into their teaching.

January 30

The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World  Harvard Professor Michael Wheeler's new book, The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World, challenges conventional negotiation theory, win-win or hardball approaches alike. He says that you can't script negotiation, whatever the context.  11am - 12 noon, UC Hastings Skyroom.  RSVP to attend.

January 26

Liberty U. 2014 Negotiation ChampionsCongratulations to Mike LaFond and Stacy Boven, Champions of the 2014 Liberty University School of Law's National Negotiation Tournament in Lynchburg, Virginia.

January 14, 2014 

"The Waiting Room: 24 Hours, 241 Patients, 1 Stretched ER"  Join us for appetizers, a movie and discussion of this timely, award winning documentary film.  The viewing and discussion are in collaboration with the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy.  Click here to RSVP.  

December 14

Last Chance MCLE - Ethics,  Elimination of Bias & Mental Health Awareness Through a Negotiation Lens  Lawyers in Group 3 (N-Z) must complete hard-to-get MCLE credits in legal ethics, substance abuse and elimination of bias by February 3, 2014.  In one action-packed day, Group 3 and other lawyers who want a head start will earn 6 specialized credits and gain understanding, skill and insight as a negotiator.  See more information and register.

October 27

2013 Jeffry Abrams Mediator Competition winnersHuge congratulations to Kyle Gertridge and Alix Pisani!!  Respectively, they won and placed 2nd at the 2013 Jeffry Abrams Mediator Competition in Houston, Texas.  Attorney-Mediator Jeffry S. Abrams is center.

October 7

2013 Southwestern Entertainment Law Negotiation TeamCongratulations to Brian Lowry and Kyle Bonacum, 2nd Place winners of the 2013 Southwestern Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition.  Justin Schultz and Pedrom Ghafoori took 4th Place at the competition.

October 2 

Conflict, Comedy and Cookies - Using Improvisation to Engage in the Midst of Conflict  Trained at Second City and Bay Area Theater Sports, Debra Gerardi, RN, MPH, JD, uses applied improvisation techniques to teach essential negotiation and conflict engagement skills including: staying present, recognizing and responding to offers, making the other person look good, listening fully, building on small agreements, and expanding options. This highly interactive student-oriented event requires experience nor special clothing or safety gear.  See more information.  RSVP for this event by 9/19 to jonesj@uchastings.edu.

October 1 

Breakfast with Peter Sims - Leading Innovation Expert and Best Selling Author  Join UC Hastings CNDR Director Sheila Purcell for a breakfast lecture featuring Peter Sims, the best selling author of "Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries."  Peter will share his insights gained from over 200 interviews with successful creators and innovators, demonstrating that the kind of linear problem-solving and fear of failure we were conditioned to embrace actively thwarts creativity.  See more information.  RSVP for this event by 9/19 to jonesj@uchastings.edu.

September 30

CNDR Directors' Reception and Exceptional Service Award  Current and former Directors of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) will celebrate and reflect upon the past ten years and all that took place to help make CNDR what it is today.  The first ever CNDR Exceptional Service Award will also be presented to Howard Herman, UC Hastings '83 and Director of the ADR Program at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, for his outstanding and significant contributions to the field of ADR and to CNDR.  See more information.  RSVP for this event by 9/19 to jonesj@uchastings.edu.

September 29

Robert McBride & Ida KhamsiCongratulations to Robert McBride and Ida Khamsi, 2nd Place Winners of the 2013 National Sports Law Negotiation Competition in San Diego, CA.

September 2013

The Mediation Society (TMS) will present to CNDR Director Sheila Purcell its Award for Outstanding Contribution In the Field of Mediation at its 15th Annual Membership Dinner on September 17.  For more information and to register, see theTMS Website.

ADR Around the World in 60 Minutes  Legal professionals from Afghanistan, Egypt, Malaysia and Portugal will share ADR developments and progress in their countries.  Representatives are four of the 2013 JAMS Foundation Weinstein International Fellows.  September 17, 12-1pm, Classroom K.

Aug-Sept 2013

Negotiation & Mediation Team Tryouts   For all interested law students.  Information sessions on 8/27 and 8/28 in Classroom A during the "free" hour.  See the webpage for further information.

June 2013

Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation  June 12-15 & 17-18, 2013 (8:30-5pm, except last day, 8:30-3pm)  40 MCLE credits, including 1.5 hrs Elimination of Bias & 2 hrs Legal Ethics.  This comprehensive mediation training provides a unique blend of mediation theory, hands-on mediation skills training and an exploration of the sensibilities and personal qualities to be an effective mediator.  Go to the webpage.

Envisioning, Designing and Implementing Court ADR   June 20-22 & 24-26, 2013, 9:30-5:00pm  This program, open to non-U.S. judges, attorneys and court administrators, will prepare participants to design and implement court ADR programs in their respective countries.  Go to the webpage.

 May 2013

eDiscovery Symposium  The symposium will feature some of the foremost experts on this subject nationally, as well as local judges, magistrates and attorneys who are experts in the field.  May 16, 2013  See the webpage.

Effective Negotiation CLE offered in San Jose  The program will blend current theory with hands-on skills and an opportunity for insight and practical experience.  Esteemed UC Hastings Adjuncts and practitioners Robert Fries and Jessica Notini promise a fun day with learning you can use at work.  This program is approved for 6 hours of MCLE credit.  May 17, 2013  For more information, click here.

March 2013

Careers in ADR: Pitfalls, Challenges and Triumphs from the Trenches  CNDR Director Sheila Purcell joins other panelists from the Queen's Bench (the Women's Bar Association of San Francisco) in a MCLE program at JAMS, Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, March 19.  See more information.

Patrick Cavanagh, mediator, consultant and Adjunct Professor of Law at Bond University in Australia, presents "Commercial Negotiation Tips: Down & Dirty from Down Under."  March 27, 2013  Mr. Cavanagh has been involved in over 500 mediations involving commercial disputes throughout Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.  This event is approved for 1 hour MCLE credit and is free, although an RSVP is required for entry.  RSVP to Jolynn Jones, jonesj@uchastings.edu, by March 22nd.

February 2013

New Frontiers in Alternative Dispute Resolution  CNDR invites you to hear from cutting edge practitioners and scholars on the New Frontiers of Alternative Dispute Resolution -   February 6: Collaborative Law, February 20: Restorative Juvenile Justice & March 6: Transitional Justice.  All events are in Classroom K from 3:30 to 4:30.

Northern California ADR Faculty Conference  Saturday, February 9.  CNDR hosts the annual conference which brings together ADR faculty from Northern California for a day of presentations, discussion and focus on ADR teaching. 

January 2013 Last Chance MCLE  Saturday, January 19, 8:30-4:00pm.  Lawyers in Group 1 (A-G) must complete hard-to-get MCLE credits in legal ethics, mental illness and elimination of bias by January 31, 2013.  In one action-packed day, Group 1 and other lawyers who want a head start will earn 6 specialized MCLE credits and gain understanding, skill and insight as a negotiator.  Go to the webpage.
November 2012 CNDR hosts the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, November 3 &4.  24 teams from law schools in California, Idaho, Utah and Colorado, and over 50 local volunteer judges participated.
October 2012

"ADR Around the World in 60 Minutes"  Four of the JAMS Foundation Weinstein International Fellows, from Bosnia, Cameroon, Macedonia and Spain share ADR developments and progress in their work.  CNDR Director Sheila Purcell presented highlights from her October trip to Asia, including ADR developments in Singapore, Dongguan China and Hong Kong.

CNDR Director Sheila Purcell speaks at the Asia Dispute Resolution Conference in Singapore, provides consultation and technical assistance to the Dongguan, China Court, and visits the Hong Kong Mediation Center.

Mediation Week: October 14-20.  Tabling on the Beach everyday for students who want to learn more about dispute resolution and mediation.  CNDR co-sponsors "Meet the Mediator" reception at JAMS.

September 2012 The Dui Hua Foundation, a human rights group, brings a delegation of Chinese Judges to visit UC Hastings to study juvenile justice reforms, including juvenile mediation.  The delegation includes two of China's Supreme Court Justices.
August 2012 New CNDR Director Reception.  The Hastings community welcomes Sheila Rose Purcell '86 as CNDR's newest Director.