A Training Workshop on Mediating Civil Cases

23.0 MO MCLE hours, including 1.2 hour of Ethics
Limited Enrollment

These mediation trainings are provided by the faculty of MU Law School’s nationally-recognized Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. Experienced mediators will coach you in simulated mediations and provide immediate, individual feedback. The CIVIL MEDIATION TRAINING provides 23.0 MCLE hours including 1.2 hours of ethics and qualifies you to be listed on the Missouri Court’s Rule 17 roster. This training fulfills the requirements of Rule 17 and the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. An additional 9 hour training will be offered in St. Louis for individuals interested in qualifying for the U.S. District Court for the East District of Missouri.

The March training is co-sponsored by the UMKC and MU Schools of Law and is conducted by faculty of MU Law School’s nationally-recognized Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. In addition, experienced mediators from the Kansas City area coach the simulated mediations and give personalized feedback.

Program Agenda

Registration is at 8:30, and instruction begins at 9:00 and adjourns at 4:30 each day.

There is a 15-minute break during the morning and the afternoon and an hour lunch break (included in the tuition).

Program Topics

  • Overview of alternative methods of resolving disputes
  • Stages and tasks in mediation
  • Communication and active listening skills
  • Negotiation, adjudication and the settlement mix
  • Conflict Theory
  • Court Rules
  • Ethical standards and issues
  • The mediator’s role
  • Legal issues in mediation
  • Confidentiality
  • Evaluative/Directive mediation
  • Uniform Mediation Act
  • Caucus
  • Breaking Deadlock

MU Faculty

Paul Ladehoff is director of the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution program at the University of Missouri School of Law and director of the MU Campus Mediation Service. Paul teaches Mediation at the Law School and Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution for MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs. He previously served as training coordinator for the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and was a project leader of MU’s Difficult Dialogues program. Paul graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska College of Law, served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and directed several community-based mediation centers in Nebraska.

James H. Levin is the associate director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and an adjunct associate professor of law. Levin joined the Center in 1995 after serving six years as the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. After receiving his J.D. in 1986 from Northeastern University, he clerked for a federal district court judge in Minnesota. He is an experienced practitioner having mediated thousands of cases. He has also provided training to federal, state and municipal agencies, state and national associations, attorneys, and community volunteers. Levin has served as co-director of the MU South Africa Summer Abroad Program since its inception in 2003. From 2001 -2006, Levin was a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on ADR Services in Domestic Relations Cases. He was a founding member of the National Association for Community Mediation and served on its Board of Directors from 1994 to 1998.