Last Chance MCLE

Ethics, Elimination of Bias and Substance Abuse Detection & Prevention through a Negotiation Lens

Saturday, January 19, 2013
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
198 McAllister Street, Classroom A
San Francisco, California


Lawyers in Group 1 (A-G) must complete hard-to-get MCLE credits in legal ethics, substance abuse 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 specialized credits and gain understanding, skill and insight as a negotiator.

Ethics of Negotiation – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
8:30 am – 12:45 pm
Faculty – Jessica Notini, JD

Identifying and choosing your bargaining styles

  • Truth-telling - the ethics of bluffing, puffing, evading, omitting and lying in negotiation
  • Managing ethical tensions in the lawyer-client relationship
  • Dealing with unethical tactics without selling out
  • Identifying and addressing ethical challenges of representing clients in mediation
  • Making ethical choices in the context ofrules, standards and personal values

To Be Fair – Understanding & Addressing the Impact of Unconscious Bias in Negotiation
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Faculty – Claudia Viera, JD

  • Understanding how implicit, or unconscious, bias functions at a cognitive level
  • Reviewing data that investigate the impact of unconscious bias
  • Exploring our own potential assumptions and biases
  • Examining the effect of implicit bias in negotiation and mediation
  • Developing strategies and techniques to reduce bias in ourselves, our negotiation partners and our mediators

The Myth of Thinking – Detecting and Dealing Skillfully with Substance Abuse
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Faculty – Daniel Bowling, JD.

  • Understanding the neuroscience of addiction
  • Understanding how the habituated mind works
  • Developing practices to soothe the habituated mind
  • Negotiating with habituated minds


Daniel BowlingDaniel Bowling, JD, is a mediator/trainer for the ADR Program, US District Court for Northern California. He began mediating in 1986 and has lectured and taught in the dispute resolution field at law schools, conferences, bar and business groups, nationally and internationally. He is co-editor and an author of Bringing Peace into the Room: The Personal Qualities of the Mediator and How They Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2003. He has practiced yoga and meditation for thirty-five years and currently teaches mindfulness meditation.

Jessica NotiniJessica Notini, JD, is a mediator and facilitator in private practice in Lafayette, California, experienced in a wide range of disputes and now emphasizing work with probate and estate, employment and contract disputes. Before becoming a mediator eighteen years ago, Ms. Notini practiced environmental law in San Francisco. Ms. Notini teaches mediation and negotiation at Hastings and several other Bay Area schools and has trained mediators internationally, in Latin America and Europe. She is past Chair of the State Bar of California ADR Executive Committee and past President of the Northern California Mediation Association (now ADRNC).

Claudia VierraClaudia Viera, JD, has mediated hundreds of disputes in her twelve years as a practicing mediator, in a wide of subject matter areas. Ms. Viera also provides dynamic employment law training programs for organizations and also conducts workplace investigations. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Mediation Society and previously served as the five-term Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco, and three-term President, and member of the SEEDS Community Resolution Center Board of Directors. She lectures regularly in law school mediation courses throughout the Bay Area.


$250 - alums, government, non-profit
$275 - early registration (before December 19, 2012)


This activity has been approved by the State Bar of California for 6 MCLE credits, including all required credits in specialized areas: 4 credits in legal ethics, 1 credit in elimination of bias in the legal profession and 1 credit in prevention and detection of substance abuse.


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