Live-Mediation Teaching Video A Landlord-Tenant Small Claims Mediation


Charles Doran

Video featuring an actual landlord-tenant small claims mediation


In May 2009, the Program on Negotiation hosted the first Mediation Pedagogy Conference. A new Podcast captures some of the attendees' reflections throughout the conference. Running time is 27 minutes. Click here to listen

Negotiation Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (NP@PON) produced video of an actual landlord-tenant small claims mediation – from start to finish, including side bar conversations – for its 2009 Mediation Pedagogy Conference. It is rare that an actual (as opposed to staged or acted) mediation is available for instructional purposes. Of the many different styles of mediation that could have been employed, this is just one example – an unscripted video showing how one professional mediator handled a real small claims mediation. The mediator in this case is Charles Doran, Executive Director of Mediation Works, Inc. (MWI) in Massachusetts.

Three versions of the live mediation are available for purchase from the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC). The edited 25-minute version can be downloaded for $100 or can be purchased on DVD for $150. The full, unedited 90-minute version can be downloaded for $200 or purchased on DVD for $250. A custom-edited version which offers instructors an opportunity to create a video that meets their specific teaching needs is also available for a minimum of $150, plus cost of editing the video. The final price depends on the extent of the editing that needs to occur.

To order the custom-edited video, contact the TNRC. The Teaching Negotiation Resource Center will work with Reelife Productions’ award winning producer and editor, Tom Adams, to provide an on-line look at the full-length (un-edited) video. You will then be provided with an "edit decision list" spreadsheet asking you to choose the exact sections of the video that you want to include in your version of the mediation video. You can then download or receive a DVD of your edited video file. Contact the TNRC if you have any questions.

Live-Mediation Teaching Video Attributes

Time required: Less than 30 minutes
Teaching notes available: No
Produced by: Charles Doran & Reelife Productions for the Program on Negotiation (2009)
Run Time for Edited Version: 25 Minutes
Run Time for Full Version: 90 Minutes