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.
This 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 and when lawyers engage in mediation sessions
- 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
- Increase your ability to manage complex technical issues across multiple parties
- Acquire techniques and hands-on experience for dealing with future contingencies
- Analyze and evaluate your own practice foundations
- Sharpen your mediation skills with in-depth, real-time feedback from master practitioners
- Exchange ideas on implicit biases, diversity and working in a divided society
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.
To deliver this 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.
This live, online program will run on Zoom from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET daily with breaks throughout the day. Given the highly interactive nature of this program, participant attendance at all sessions is required. On Zoom participants will engage in several role-play simulations that mirror real-life disputes.
In addition, participants will be required to review asynchronous content outside of class (approximately one hour per day) which will include preparations for mediation role-play simulations, post-simulation reflections, supplementary readings and additional videos.
Participants that meet attendance requirements will receive a certificate of completion.
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.
The Advanced Mediation Workshop is led by a distinguished team of educators, authors, thought leaders, and practitioners. Acknowledged experts in their fields, the 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 is the John H. Watson Jr. Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on Mediation; Diversity and Dispute Resolution; and Legal Profession: Collaborative Law. He is also an attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and founding member of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC. As mediator and arbitrator, he has handled over 2,000 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. David has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, the D’Alermberte-Raven Award from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the inaugural Frank Sander Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the inaugural Founders’ Award from the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. David has published three books and more than 100 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 50 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 founded 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 over 20 books including Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success (Palgrave), 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 Principal at Podziba Policy Mediation, has served as a public policy mediator for 30 years. Her clients have included the United States Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Senate, U.S. Institute for Peace, United Nations, The World Bank, British Council, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, Emilia Romagna Regional Authority of Italy, and Negotiation Strategies Institute of Jerusalem. She is listed on the United Nations Mediator Roster and is recipient of a National Partnership for Reinventing Government award. Most of her projects include working with senior leadership of governments, stakeholders, civil society, and the general public. Recently, she created a process design tool for World Bank mediators and assisted with the process design for a national economic policy dialogue in Sudan. Ms. Podziba is author of Civic Fusion: Mediating Polarized Public Disputes and Our City: From Corruption to Participatory Democracy as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is director of the Sacred Lands Project and an expert for the course, Religion and Conflict Transformation, which is organized by SwissPeace at the University of Basel. She has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace and Conflict Resolution, taught graduate seminars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and guest lectures internationally. She has a Master of City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Audrey Lee Lee is a Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School teaching Mediation. She is also Executive Director of the BLC Institute, a non-profit dedicated to providing education and training in all aspects of dispute resolution. Audrey mediates workplace, discrimination, organizational, business and family disputes. Previously, she served as a mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and as a member of a pool of Title IX Adjudicators for Harvard Law School. Drawing on her experience as a mediator and conflict management consultant, Audrey leads interactive implicit bias workshops for mediators, attorneys, law enforcement, orchestra leadership and HR professionals. Audrey is featured in the Harvard Business Review’s “Insights” series on Leadership and Managing People and has published articles in the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and most recently, “Implicit Bias in Mediation” in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review (Spring 2020). Previously, Audrey practiced law as an intellectual property and litigation attorney at Winston & Strawn in Chicago and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. Audrey is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Samuel “Mooly” Dinnar is a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches negotiation and engineering leadership. Dinnar is also an instructor for the Harvard Negotiation Institute (HNI) and the Program on Negotiation (PON). He has contributed to the development and delivery of several courses, including PON Global and HNI’s Mediating Disputes and Advanced Mediation courses. He is co-author with Lawrence Susskind of the 2019 award-winning book Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success (Palgrave). For more than 25 years, Dinnar has been an entrepreneur, executive, board member, and venture capital investor. As the founder of Meedance, Dinnar is a strategic negotiation advisor, corporate trainer, and an experienced mediator who specializes in solving complex, high-stakes commercial disputes and resolving highly emotional business conflicts. He also continues to provide executive and venture strategy consulting to businesses, investors, nonprofits, and individuals in various domains including hi-tech, software, consumer products, medical devices, and biotechnology. 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.