Practical Lawyering Skills
856: Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution
The course will focus on the substantive and procedural elements of the various forms of alternative dispute resolution techniques in the United States. The class will cover arbitration, negotiations, mediation, mini-trials, non-binding arbitration using legal assistance, and the role of counsel in each of these processes. A significant amount of class time will deal with mediation as well as both administered and non-administered arbitration. The class will address established principles of arbitration law, the various types of arbitrations, the rules governing arbitration, the role of counsel in the processes, as well as the power, responsibilities and ethical requirements of both mediators and arbitrators. The course will combine a traditional lecture format with practical experience designed to provide the student with a strong substantive basis in mediation and arbitration, as well as clinical experience with several mock mediations and arbitrations interspersed during the course term.