Washington Council of Lawyers Litigation Skills Series: Mediation

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We are excited to again offer our Mediation Skills Training on Friday, February 7, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Mediation is an important skill to learn as it can effectively resolve disputes between parties with minimal costs and significant advantages to both parties in a wide variety of types of cases.

The training begins with a presentation focused on mediation and negotiation theory. Melissa Reinberg, mediator and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Executive Director of Negotiation Works, will explore tips for effective client preparation, using leverage in negotiations, and identifying the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA).

Then, each participant will have the opportunity to participate in two different mock mediation sessions of a typical Landlord Tenant case. In one mediation, participants will play the role of the lawyer representing one of the parties, and in the other, they will play the role of the client. The meditations will be conducted by experienced mediators, including from the Multi-door Dispute Resolution Division of D.C. Superior Court.

The training will conclude an opportunity to debrief and ask questions over a light lunch.

Cost; $45 for Washington Council of Lawyers members, $90 for non members. Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the D.C. Bar Foundation. Please email Nancy Lopez at nlopez@wclawyers.org for more information on applying for a scholarship.