Mediating the Litigated Case Pepperdine University

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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In collaboration with Schonewille & Schonewille Legal Mediation the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University, School of Law, offers the unique opportunity to enroll in sophisticated programs for experienced litigators, in-house counsel, and other practitioners like Mediating the Litigated Case in Europe. Professionals can study mediating litigated cases either to enhance their mediation skills or to be a better mediation advocate or lawyer. Participants will receive the Pepperdine Strauss Institute certificate of attendance.

Since 2006 Pepperdine Has Been Ranked #1 in Dispute Resolution by U.S. News & World Report.


Become a better mediation advocate and understand how mediation really works

Professionals can study Mediating the Litigated Case to learn the skills of a mediator and to be a better advocate and negotiator. The recent surge in mediation’s popularity signifies a dramatic shift in the practice of law. Attorneys are now using professional neutrals to facilitate settlement negotiations for litigated cases. In the past, settlement efforts in the litigation arena have been limited to settlement conferences in which the focus is usually on the judge’s case evaluation.


Growing demand for professionals

As increasing numbers of courts around the world are requiring parties to mediate in order to accommodate an overburdened legal system, there is a growing demand for professionals who, in addition to being able to evaluate a case, can also facilitate negotiations between adversarial parties to reach innovative solutions. Now lawyers and other established professionals can use their expertise to break into a new area of practice with tremendous possibilities.


Learn the essential skills from experienced lawyers and international mediators

The Mediating the Litigated Case program offers a unique opportunity to learn about the mediation process in a format geared specifically toward civil litigation cases. Taught by experienced lawyers, jurists and mediators, who have made the transition from litigation to mediation practice, course participants will learn the essential skills required to serve as mediators and mediation advocates.


The program in short

The program will focus on the various stages of process, identifying and working with different negotiation styles, and facilitating problem solving regardless of whether the case involves contractual, tort, personal injury, employment, partnership, or securities issues. In addition to providing mediation skills training, the program will deal with issues specific to the adversarial setting including managing attorney advocates, the parameters of confidentiality, and concerns about discovery. It will also focus on issues of particular concern to attorney-mediators including the proscription of dual representation, providing legal advice, conflicts of interest, drafting mediation agreements, and other ethical dilemmas.

The Amsterdam course is the same course as taught in the US, altough less emphasis will be put on typical US legal phenomena like jury’s and discovery. Pepperdine includes unique modules in their courses that are tailored to the specific audience. For this international audience a module on intercultural aspects and cross border mediations, including mediation practices and regulatory aspects of mediation based on research in 60 states that will be published in May 2014 will be included. The editors of the book who conducted the research will lecture on this topic. During the course also experienced mediators will co-teach and share their experiences and best practices. Peter Robinson, managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will be the lead-trainer for this course.

Dates for a new course will soon be announced.

Register for a course in the US here.


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