Greetings! We at UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) hope this finds you well. We write to alert you to some of our upcoming programs and to provide a brief update on our fall activities.
Following the links below will give you program details, but allow us to briefly preview these:
January 19th: "Last Chance MCLE" We hope you will join us for a day that will both take care of getting those hard to find specialized MCLE credits and enrich your negotiation skills and efforts.
Summer 2013: CNDR will offer two certificate programs, a mediation training, "Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation" and "Envisioning, Designing and Implementing Court ADR", aimed at helping international judges, attorneys, mediators and court administrators develop court related ADR systems in their countries. In addition to our certificate programs, UC Hastings, as a whole, has expanded its summer offerings. Take a look
Lawyers in Group 1 (A-G) must complete hard-to-get MCLE credits in legal ethics, mental health issues 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 credits and gain understanding, skill and insight as a negotiator. Get more information and register.
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. We welcome those with no previous mediation training or experience, as well as experienced mediators who wish to enhance their effectiveness. This course will also be useful for any attorney who represents clients in mediation to understand the mediation process and to be more effective in representing clients in mediation. We also encourage participation of international attorneys, notaries and Hastings LL.M. students. Get more information and apply.
This program will prepare participants to design and implement court ADR programs in their respective countries. Instruction will involve a mixture of theoretical and practical classroom presentations and simulation exercises, as well as opportunities to observe selected court ADR programs in the immediate vicinity of the law school and to meet with ADR judges, practitioners, and scholars from the community. Participants will learn how to lay the groundwork for a successful court-based ADR program by working with local stakeholders; how to assess community needs, choose ADR processes suited to those needs, and develop the chosen program design; how to screen and select cases appropriate for ADR; and how to implement, evaluate and modify a program once it is underway. Get more information and apply.
Things have been busy at CNDR this fall.
In early October I was fortunate to have a Chinese court host me for a whirlwind Asia trip. It began with a site visit of the Singapore Subordinate Courts impressive ADR programs, followed by speaking at a large international ADR conference hosted by the Singapore Supreme Court.
Next it was off to Dongguan,China for 5 days where I provided consulting and technical assistance to a pilot court mediation program. With help from interpreters, I met with the court’s Presiding Judge for several hours, took a court tour and delivered a presentation for judges, mediators and attorneys who were working through the quality control and other start up issues of a new mediation program.
Back state side, CNDR co-sponsored with JAMS a "Meet the Mediator" Mediation Week event and hosted a session with four International Weinstein Fellows entitled "ADR Around the World in 60 minutes". Professor Clark Freshman spoke regarding the recent California Supreme Court construction defect arbitration decision in the Pinnacle case at a well-attended CNDR/Hastings co-sponsored reception and dinner event.
Staff attended a number of events, including the California Dispute Resolution Council Conference where Adjunct Jessica Notini was honored with the prestigious Don Weckstein Award and a Mediation Society Dinner with the Federal Judicial Center Director, the Honorable Jeremy Fogel.
More recently I facilitated a Hastings Faculty retreat and attended the American Association of Law Schools, "ADR Works In Progress" Conference at Ohio State University Law School where, in addition to learning about people’s forthcoming research and writing, I had a chance to reconnect with old friends and to meet new colleagues.
CNDR's ever-able Academic Coordinator Jolynn Jones successfully organized over 90 people, including judges and 24 teams of students, for an American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition. Hastings hard working Mediation and Negotiation Team and coach Clint Waasted participated in four competitions this fall, winning the Jeffry Abrams National Mediator Competition in Houston, TX, and placing third at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law National Sports Law Negotiation Competition in San Diego, CA.
We hope to see you and your friends/colleagues at the upcoming January MCLE event, and again this coming summer. Please let us know of any individuals or groups we should specifically reach out to with this information.
Thanks for your interest and support. We welcome your thoughts and visits.
Peace on Earth!
Director and Clinical Professor of Law
Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
UC Hastings College of the Law