March 19, 2016 (9 AM - 3 PM)
4.5 MCLE credits
Most professionals spend a significant amount of time in meetings and working in teams or groups for a variety of purposes, and many report that this can be a frustrating experience. We believe that group functionality can be significantly improved by any group member who has the awareness and skills of a facilitator, even when that person is not formally designated as a facilitator. In this interactive and highly practical workshop, we will examine group dynamics and learn skills used by professional facilitators to prevent common problems and elicit the best work of a group. We will explore how to prepare effectively with clear goals, collaborative problem definition, inclusive process design and a well-structured agenda. We will also discuss and practice core meeting management skills such as how to balance voice and participation, build consensus, inspire creativity and promote principled evaluation and decision-making. Finally, we will identify and apply communication skills that keep group sessions productive and tools to manage difficult moments and problem behaviors. The workshop methodology will combine discussion with exercises and roleplay, putting facilitation tools into practice every step of the way.
Jessica Notini, Mediator and UC Hastings Adjunct Professor of Law
Jessica Notini, J.D.., 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 18 years ago, Ms. Notini practiced environmental law in San Francisco. Ms. Notini teaches mediator and negotiation at UC 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).
Registration includes materials and box lunch.
Standard Registration Fee - $300
Early Bird Registration (ends March 18) - $225
Alumni Discount - $225
The Academic Dean's Office of UC Hastings College of the Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, and certifies that this activity has been approved for 4.5 hours of MCLE credit.