Commercial Mediation Workshop
This five-day intensive course fosters an understanding of the nature of mediation and develops skills for mediators and representatives in the commercial mediation process. It uses exercises and role plays throughout. Beginning with interviewing, the class will move into exercises relating to the mediation process emphasizing good listening skills. Students will be encouraged to recognize tendencies in conflict scenarios and to consider approaches that might open participants to other choices or enhanced self-understanding. Role plays drawing on primarily (but not exclusively) commercial mediation scenarios will require students to assume the roles of mediator, counsel, or parties. These role plays provide opportunities to practice mediation skills and to gain insight into the process and approaches taken by the participants in these various roles. These are opportunities for reflection, understanding of inter-party dynamics, and growth.
This upper level elective course is an intensive simulation-based course compressed into five full days and typically offered during the May Intersession. There are numerous exercises and role plays throughout and multiple opportunities for reflection and feedback. This course mirrors the materials and exercises used used in the five-day training, approved under Part 146 of the Chief Administrative Judge, that has been used for the past 20 years to train mediators serving on the ADR Panel of the Commercial Division, which handles large business cases in the NY State Court system.
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Corporate Transactions and Governance; Financial Services and Compliance; Health Care Management and Compliance; International Business; Labor and Employment (Corporate Perspective); Government/Public Sector; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution