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Mediation Clinic (4/4)

Type of Clinic: Full year, with Mediation Clinic I in Fall (4 credits) and Mediation Clinic II in Spring (4 credits); Must take both classes to satisfy Cardin requirement.

In the Mediation Clinic, students are trained to mediate real legal disputes and other community conflicts, including civil cases in the Baltimore City District Court, employment discrimination cases referred by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, business disputes, and community conflicts. Students also work in various K-12 public schools in Baltimore City to mediate conflicts, train public school students to be peer mediators, and support other conflict resolution education programs.

In Mediation Clinic I in the Fall, students receive intensive training in mediation theory and the skills required to be a facilitative mediator. These include, for example, active listening, negotiating, facilitating communication, asking effective questions, identifying the interests and goals underlying a conflict, building trust, working as a team, problem-solving, managing cases, and drafting settlement agreements. Students go through an apprentice process, first observing faculty mediate cases, then co-mediating with faculty, then co-mediating with a classmate under faculty supervision. Students will go to district court for day-of-trial mediations (typically on Monday or Friday afternoons), visit their assigned public school weekly, and receive a new pre-trial mediation case each week. By the end of the Fall semester, students will be prepared to mediate cases on their own, satisfying the training requirements of Maryland Rule 17-104 for court-appointed mediators.

In Mediation Clinic II in the Spring, students will continue their mediation practice and mediate on their own in courts, schools, and the community. Students will also explore how conflict resolution applies in various contexts, working closely with a particular mediation partner.

The Mediation Clinic requires a substantial commitment of time. If you do not have a flexible schedule, this clinic may not be right for you. The minimum time requirements to consider before you enroll in the Mediation Clinic are:

  1. All Mediation Clinic students must attend a mandatory training at the law school on Wednesday, August 17, from 9:30 am- 4:30 pm. This is in addition to the General Clinic Orientation on August 18 and 19. Students who cannot attend these trainings may not enroll in the course.
  2. The Mediation Clinic meets as a class every Tuesday from 1:05-4:10 pm in the fall semester and Wednesday from 2:10-5:15 in the spring semester.
  3. The Clinic mediates cases at the Baltimore City District Court on Monday and/or Friday afternoons from 1-4 pm. Students must go to court at least six times throughout the semester on Monday and/or Friday afternoons. In addition to day-of-trial mediations, students mediate pre-trial civil cases at the law school on dates mutually convenient for the parties and mediators, and visit a public school weekly.

Current & Previous Instructors:
Deborah Thompson Eisenberg; Toby Treem Guerin;

533C (CRN: 96546)       Credits: 4
    Eisenberg; Guerin.
    Fall, 2016 (Day).
    Tues: 1:05-4:10  
    Room 310.
    Booklist.    
533C (CRN: 26106)       Credits: 4
    Guerin.
    Spring, 2017 (Day).
    Wed: 2:10-5:15  
    Room 307.
    0 enrolled. Limit: 10 continuing.
    Booklist.    


Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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