ADVANCED MEDIATION SYLLABUS
Professors Linda Morton & Susan Garrett
1. Thurs Aug 29: Orientation
2. Thurs Sept 5: Tour of Juvenile Hall – 3:30 – 4:30
3. Tues Sept 10: Tour of Small Claims Court – 12:30 – 1:30
Thurs Sept 12: Training begins
Fri Sept 13 & Sat Sept 14 - Weekend Training ***
4. Thurs Sept 19: Video Review
*** Week of Sept 23 - Begin Mediation Fieldwork ***
5. Thurs Sept 26: Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing; Facilitation topics due; We will arrange dates and discuss process in class
6. Thurs Oct 3: Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing; Journal #1 due
7. Thurs Oct 10: Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing
8. Thurs Oct 17: Facilitation; Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing
9. Thurs Oct 24: Facilitation; Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing
*** Week of Oct 29 - Switch Mediation Placements ***
10. Thurs Oct 31: Facilitation; Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing; Journal #2 due
11. Thurs Nov 7: Facilitation; Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing
12. Thurs Nov 14: Facilitation; Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing
13. Thurs Nov 21: Facilitation; Advanced Mediation Techniques; Debriefing
No class and no mediations week of Nov 25. Happy Thanksgiving!
14. Thurs Dec 5: Wrap Up; Journal #3 due
ADVANCED MEDIATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS
One goal in the Advanced Mediation course is to have you learn and practice advanced mediation techniques. Through our class discussions, field practice, and class facilitations, we hope to enhance your skills as creative problem solvers. A secondary, and equally important goal, is to have you learn how to self-evaluate. In other words, we want you to be able to analyze your use of mediation techniques: learn which techniques you find most useful in what contexts; learn on your own how to improve in your mediation skills; and finally, learn more about yourself as a mediator. Your weekly journals and class discussions should help you in this skill of self-evaluation.
1. MEDIATION FIELDWORK - SMALL CLAIMS COURT & JUVENILE HALL
Every week you will be mediating cases at either Small Claims Court or Juvenile Hall. We will assign placements according to your schedule of availability. All students will switch placements mid-trimester Attendance at your mediation placement is required. If an emergency causes you not to be able to attend, you must notify the placement immediately, and schedule a make up date through your professor and the field placement. (Missed placements constitute missed classes.) For information and directions regarding each placement, see Appendix A, attached.
There will be a mandatory advanced mediation training on Friday Sept 13 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday Sept 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 2G at the law school.
3. MOCK MEDIATION:
You and a classmate will conduct one mock mediation between Sept 14 and Sept 19, which I will review and critique with you during class time on the 19th. I will discuss details concerning the mock mediations at the week-end training.
4. LEGAL MEDIATION OBSERVATIONS:
You must observe 1 legal mediation (3 hrs) no later than Nov 18. Each week in class, we will circulate a list of attorneys who have meditations available to observe. As soon as you sign up, you must call the attorney immediately to inform him or her you will be attending a certain mediation. Always call the attorney again the day before the mediation to ensure it has not been canceled.
In lieu of a research paper, you are to keep a weekly journal throughout the semester, which you will turn in 3 times during the trimester. The journal should be analytic, as well as reflective. The focus should be on what you’re learning, not mere descriptions about what happened. Each journal you turn in should have at least 3 dated entries, and be no more than 4 pages long (typed and double-spaced). Put your social security number, not your name, at the top.
Your journal should address, at a minimum, the following topics:
1. Your expectations and goals for the course
2. Your impressions of Juvenile Hall and Small Claims Court
3. Analysis of techniques you are using in your fieldwork;
4. Analysis of the attorney mediation you observed; and
5. Analysis of your course work overall:
a.) what you learned (or didn’t learn) and
b.) how the course might affect your future work - personally or professionally
Other topics you might want to address are 1.) your impressions of your field placements, 2.) what you learned in class discussion, 3.) your views of the effectiveness of mediation in your field placements.
Remember, I am interested in your analysis of what you’re learning, not just descriptions of what happened. For example, if you are discussing caucus as a technique you practiced, focus your discussion on how it worked (or did not), what you learned from its use, and how you will use it (or not) in the future. Use only the facts necessary to your analysis. The purpose here is to have you learn how to conduct your own evaluation of the variety of mediation techniques you will be using.
At some point during class time, you and a partner will conduct a 30 minute class Facilitation on a current problem or issue (not previously researched) relating to mediation. The week prior to your facilitation date, distribute an article to the members of the class on your topic. Your article must come from a dispute resolution journal, such as the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, the Pepperdine Journal, or the Harvard Negotiation Journal. Bring copies of the article for every class member one week prior to your facilitation date. (Faculty Support will make copies for you, but you must submit the article to them at least 3 days prior to the date you will distribute it.) You must also submit a focus question with your article for the class members to prepare.
I will explain the facilitation process in more detail on the date we discuss our topics and dates.
7. CLASS ATTENDANCE:
It is critical that you attend every class. If you miss more than two classes, you will be dropped from the class. Professionalism, including punctuality, is also very important. Be sure to be on time for class and for your mediations every week.
The grading for this class is as follows:
Copyright 2003 Linda Morton. Teachers are free to copy these materials for educational use in their courses only, provided that appropriate acknowledgment of the author is made. For permission to use these materials for any other purpose, contact the author.
DIRECTIONS AND RULES REGARDING FIELDWORK PLACEMENTS
Boys Unit 1000 (Mon pm): Supervisor – Mark Gonzalez
Girls Unit 400 (Tues pm): Supervisor – Wendy Wade
GRF (Wed pm): Supervisor - Lisa Donaho 858 694 4511
163 North, (past 8) to Genessee East exit
Turn right off ramp to Genessee Ave. Continue to head east to Meadowlark.
Turn left on Meadowlark. Juvenile Hall is immediately on your right.
Park in the lot to the left of Juvenile Hall, or on the street.
If you’re going to GRF, turn right into the driveway toward the courthouse, just past Juvenile Hall. Park and walk to the brick building behind Juvenile Hall
Bring a photo i.d.--California Driver's License is best.
Bring as little with you as possible. No briefcases, purses, backpacks etc.
Dress professionally (no shorts, etc.)
SMALL CLAIMS COURT
Supervisor: Prof. Susan Garrett 619 297 0733
From 5 south, take the H Street exit east to Third Avenue.
From 805 south, take the H Street exit west to Third Avenue.
The court is located on the southwest corner of Third and H.
There is ample parking south of the courthouse.
On the first day of mediation, arrive at the courthouse by 1:00 p.m.
Meet Prof. Garrett in front of Dept. 5 on the second floor.
Wear appropriate office attire. (Ties are recommended for men)
Bring a notebook, pen, and a small calculator, if you have one.