Course Dates: TBA
You’ve handled dozens of mediation sessions with ease. You are confident in your mediation skills, especially between two parties who want a fair resolution. But how do the dynamics change when their legal counsel joins the session? What is the best way to handle principal-agent issues, clashing values, and highly emotional cases? What happens when the field expands to three or more parties who are bringing many issues to the table? Reaching resolution requires experience in handling complex, multiparty disputes.
The new Advanced Mediation Workshop, created in response to many requests for advanced mediation training, helps you take your mediation skill set to the next level. Over the course of five days, you’ll gain a toolkit for tackling even the most challenging multiparty disputes.
During this highly interactive program, you will:
• Explore the role of counsel and learn how to manage differing interests within the lawyer-client relationship
• Assess the risks and opportunities of facilitative versus evaluative mediation styles
• Examine the emotional dimensions of mediation for the parties, counsel, and mediators
• Manage the complexities of distributive bargaining situations
• Develop strategies for multiparty disputes by examining cases from public and corporate sectors
• Learn to identify power inequities among stakeholders and deal with back-table agendas and coalitions
• Acquire techniques and hands-on experience for dealing with future contingencies
• Analyze and evaluate your own practice foundations
During this intensive, five-day program, you will:
- Sharpen your mediation skills with in-depth, real-time feedback from master practitioners
- Broaden your understanding of complex principal-agent issues that arise when lawyers engage in mediation sessions
- Deepen your awareness of the emotional reactions of all parties involved in mediation – especially your own
- Increase your ability to manage complex technical issues across multiple parties
- Enhance your understanding of multiparty power dynamics and the negative/positive effects of coalitional behavior
Who should attend?
Specifically designed for professionals with prior mediation training and experience, this program is well suited for those who wish to take their mediation practice to a master level. To qualify for participation, individuals must have prior experience serving as a professional mediator or have successfully completed the Harvard Negotiation Institute (HNI) Mediating Disputes course (or a comparable equivalent).
To deliver HNI’s highly personalized experience, enrollment is limited to 48 participants. All participants must commit to attending all five days of the training. Due to the interactive nature of this program, participants must demonstrate proficiency in English, as the program is taught solely in English. Participants must converse fluently with the instructor and other students.
To bring the lessons to life, participants will engage in several role-play simulations that mirror real-life disputes. The program also includes lectures, debrief sessions, and interactive discussions, as well as opportunities to watch the faculty demonstrate their own mediation techniques.
In advance of the class, participants are encouraged to read: Breaking Robert’s Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus and Get Results by L. Susskind and R. Cruikshank, (Oxford University Press, 2006); Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals by David A. Hoffman (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2013) ; and Civic Fusion: Mediating Polarized Public Disputes by Susan Podziba (2012). Participants will receive an advance memo one month prior to the course start date.
Harvard Negotiation Institute (HNI) programs are led by a distinguished team of educators, authors, thought leaders, and practitioners. Acknowledged experts in their fields, HNI faculty draw on the latest thinking and research to deliver practical techniques and real-world strategies for effectively conducting personal and professional negotiations.
David A. Hoffman teaches the Mediation course at Harvard Law School, where he is the John H. Watson Jr. Lecturer on Law. He is an attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and founding member of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC. As mediator and arbitrator, he has handled over 1,000 cases involving family, business, employment, and other disputes. David’s cases range from divorces to complex litigation matters involving Fortune 500 companies. David is past chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators. In July 2014, David received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. David has published three books and more than 75 articles / book chapters on law and dispute resolution. Prior to founding Boston Law Collaborative, David was a litigation partner at the Boston firm Hill & Barlow, where he practiced for 17 years. David also served for a year as staff counsel for the ACLU of Massachusetts. David is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1970, summa cum laude), Cornell University (M.A. 1974, American Studies), and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1984, magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Lawrence E. Susskind is Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT where he has been a member of the faculty of more than 40 years. He is one of the founders and directors of the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School where he is Vice-Chair for Instruction. Professor Susskind created the Consensus Building Institute in 1993 and has been delivering mediation and organizational development services on a worldwide basis ever since. Through the executive training programs at PON he has offered specialized negotiation training (e.g., Technology Negotiation, Dealing with an Angry Public, Teaching Negotiation in the Corporation) to more than 40,000 people. He has published more than 70 teaching simulations and dozens of teaching videos. He has been a visiting lecturer at more than 50 universities in 20 countries. He is the author or co-author of 18 books including Good for You, Great for Me: Finding the Trading Zone and Winning at Win-Win Negotiation (Public Affairs), Breaking Robert’s Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus and Get Results (Oxford University Press), Built to Win: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization (Harvard Business School Press) and Multiparty Negotiation (Sage). Two of his books, The Consensus Building Handbook (Sage) and Dealing with An Angry Public (Free Press), won best dispute resolution book of the year awards. He received a BA from Columbia University in English Literature in 1968, a Master of City Planning from MIT in 1970 and a Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT in 1973.
Susan Podziba is the Founder and Principal of Podziba Policy Mediation. She has designed and mediated scores of cases across the policy spectrum including international relations, governance, security, labor standards, public health, and education. Susan has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace and Conflict Resolution and currently serves as Director of the newly established Sacred Lands Project at MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. Susan is author of Civic Fusion: Mediating Polarized Public Disputes and The Chelsea Story: How a Corrupt City Re-Generated Its Democracy. She holds degrees from University of Pennsylvania and MIT.
Audrey J. Lee is a Senior Mediator and Training Director at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC and the founding Principal of Perspectiva, LLC. Audrey’s mediation practice is focused on resolving conflicts in employment, business, and family cases. She has mediated employment discrimination cases for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and is a member of a panel of Title IX Adjudicators for Harvard Law School. She has facilitated executive education programs at the Harvard Negotiation Institute and taught negotiation at Northwestern University School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and UMass Boston. Audrey is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Samuel “Mooly” Dinnar is an experienced strategy, venture and negotiations consultant to businesses, investors, non-profits and individuals. Along with providing negotiation services, training, coaching, mediation, and dispute resolution assistance, Dinnar has conducted hands-on strategy work, re-positioning, marketing and entrepreneurial initiatives with entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors. Dinnar brings over 20 years of general management, strategic growth and operations team leadership with a track record of corporate growth, mergers and acquisitions, value-creating product management, multifaceted sales and business development in hi-tech and aerospace. In addition to being part of two start-ups that revolutionized their industry, Dinnar has international experience as an entrepreneur, executive, board member and venture capital investor, based on technical degrees in aerospace engineering and computer sciences, as well as business management education from the Harvard Business School.