Organizers of the nationally renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, in Malibu, Calif., wanted to hold a mediation skills program in the mid-Atlantic. They sought a partnership with a law school with its own well-established, highly regarded alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program. They chose the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and the two will present an intensive ADR workshop on March 14-16 in Baltimore.
"Maryland has been a leader in the development of ADR in courts, workplaces, and communities," says professor Deborah Thompson Eisenberg, JD, director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland (C-DRUM). "Having this high-level training in our backyard will enhance conflict resolution skills across the board."
The Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution is aimed not just at lawyers, but also business people, human resources specialists, judges, government employees, and others who need proficiency in mediation, negotiation and related skills. The program includes both beginning and advanced mediation workshops, plus specialized courses on ADR in the public sector, collaborative family law, and representing clients in mediation. It will be held at the UM Carey School of Law and will be led by professors from UM Carey Law and Pepperdine Law as well as other local and national ADR experts.
The UM Carey Law program includes the Mediation Clinic and other academic courses that teach law students to be problem-solvers. C-DRUM, celebrating its 10th anniversary, has provided conflict resolution services and training in the legal community, in K-12 public schools, and in workplaces and organizations throughout the region.
"Bringing the top-notch Straus training program to our law school is the logical next step in continuing C-DRUM's role as a leader in ensuring quality dispute resolution processes," says Eisenberg.
Early enrollment in the Professional Skills Program is recommended since many of the sessions fully subscribe. A program brochure with further details is available. Contact Tess Marme at 310-506-6342 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll.