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Advanced Dispute Resolution Writing Seminar

Alternative Dispute Resolution

This seminar provides an opportunity to explore emerging issues in dispute resolution through research and writing. The goal is to produce a publishable quality article.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution

This course presents the theory and practice of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration that constitute the foundation of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) through lecture and simulations.  Examines the different theories and approaches to ADR, as well as the wide range of issues that arise in the selection and application of these dispute resolution techniques.

Dispute Resolution Clinic I

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Trains students to mediate disputes through participation in local court mediation programs.  Weekly seminars focus on conflict theory, mediation techniques, litigation strategies, public policy and social justice issues, as well as ethical and licensing concerns. A portion of each class devoted to clinic-style rounds, enabling students to present the cases they have mediated for discussion and feedback. 

Dispute Resolution Clinic II

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Karen Borgstrom

Advanced clinic to further develop mediation skills throught participation in mediations in a variety of local court mediation programs and attend weekly seminars.

Environmental Dispute Resolution A

Alternative Dispute ResolutionEnvironmental

Explores the range of processes that are used to resolve environmental disputes with particular emphasis on consensual processes such as negotiation and mediation.  Instruction will be based on lectures and discussions of the theory of dispute resolution and environmental law and simulations to practice the skills needed to resolve environmental disputes.

 

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International Commercial Arbitration

Alternative Dispute ResolutionInternational Law
Curtis Pew

Explores the key legal and practical issues encountered when resolving international commercial disputes through arbitration.  Includes a  critical review and discussion of relevant treaties, statutes, rules, institutions, national and international cases, and awards; addresses the more global question concerning the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration as a method of dispute resolution.

Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

This simulation-based course introduces knowledge and behaviors needed to accomplish interviewing and counseling and negotiation tasks successfully.  Topics include working relationships with clients, gathering information from clients effectively, and helping clients make decisions in both dispute resolving and transactional contexts.

Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Karen Borgstrom

Examines the nature of mediation and explores theoretical and practical aspects of the process. The course analyzes each component of the mediation process and provides students with the opportunity to apply theories and skills in simulation exercises.

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Mediation Advocacy

EnvironmentalAlternative Dispute Resolution

Designed to teach students how to be effective advocates in the mediation setting. Students will learn to counsel clients for mediation, how to prepare a mediation plan, select a mediator, as well as effective participation in mediation.

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Negotiating Environmental Agreements

Alternative Dispute ResolutionEnvironmental

Examines the use of consensual processes such as negotiation and mediation to resolve environmental disputes and manage environmental conflict.  Instruction will be through lectures to discuss the theory of dispute resolution and through simulations to practice the skills.

Negotiation

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Sean Nolon
Donald Powers

A hands-on introduction to the theory and practice of negotiation.  Explores the tension that is created in every negotiation between cooperating to create value with the other side and competing to claim value against the other side.  While there is a lecture component of this course, instruction relies heavily on the use of simulations. 

UPDATE: The summer 2014 Negotiation course has been cancelled.

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Summer 2013
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