A Training Workshop on Mediating Civil Cases

23.0 MO MCLE hours, including 3.0 hour of Ethics
Limited Enrollment


June 5-7, 2024

January 13-15, 2025


This three-day mediation training is provided by the faculty of the 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 CLE hours including 3.0 hours of ethics for Missouri or Kansas. It also 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 or online at a later date for individuals interested in qualifying for the U.S. District Court for the East District of Missouri.

The training is conducted by faculty of the MU Law School.

Program Agenda

The program will begin at 8:30 am each day and adjourn no later than 4:30 pm. Participants will be assigned to take part in two out-of-class simulations. Afterward, we will debrief those simulations as well as discuss mediation ethics. The final class will end no later than 1:00 pm.

There will be breaks during the morning and the afternoon sessions, and a  45-minute lunch break.

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


Includes: instruction and materials

$1,000 – Regular Rate
$800 – Non-Profit / Government / Student Rate
15% discount for groups of 3 or more from the same organization.

MU Faculty

Paul Ladehoff is director of the LLM 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 retired former associate director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and currently serves as 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.