Mediation Theory and Practice Clinic

In the Fall: Enroll in the Mediation Theory and Practice Seminar (3 credits). A prerequisite for the Mediation Clinic, this simulation-based course will provide you with the academic underpinnings and training necessary to serve as a mediator in real civil cases during the spring Mediation Clinic. Students who successfully complete this seminar fulfill the requirements for court-approved mediators under Maryland Rule 17-104 and will receive a certificate of completion.

The Seminar meets on DAY and TIME. Students also may have the opportunity to observe mediations either on Friday afternoons at the district court or scheduled mediations at the law school. The seminar is an exam-based course. Students may enroll in Mediation Theory and Practice without taking the clinic (space permitting), but the seminar is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Mediation Clinic.

This is a spring semester clinic with a fall semester seminar pre-requisite.

In the Spring: During the spring semester, students who have completed the prerequisite and wish to satisfy the Cardin requirement, will enroll in the Mediation Clinic (4 credits). The clinic provides students with intensive experience as a mediator in civil, non-family cases. Students serve in the role of neutral mediator in real legal disputes, including civil small claims cases in Baltimore City District Court and employment and housing discrimination cases referred from the Baltimore City Community Relations Commission.

Students receive intensive training in conflict resolution and communication skills and complete an apprentice process before sitting in the mediator’s chair. Students first observe faculty mediate two cases (which likely can occur during the Fall seminar), then co-mediate two cases with faculty, and then advance to full practicing mediator status, co-mediating with peers under faculty supervision. Students receive intensive feedback after each mediation they conduct. Students submit weekly reflection journals and are responsible for managing a docket of pre-trial mediation cases. Students will be evaluated based on a combination of demonstrated educational responsibility, time and case management, professionalism, and self-reflection and progress.

The Mediation Clinic puts students in the role of practicing neutral mediators. The four credits require students to dedicate approximately 12-15 hours per week, which includes preparing and engaging actively in the weekly class seminar, managing a docket of pre-trial mediation cases, and mediating cases at court on Friday afternoons and in the clinical law office (at various dates/times convenient for the parties). At a minimum, students in the Mediation Clinic will be required to: •Complete the pre-semester law practice orientation prior to the spring semester; •Attend a 3-hour weekly clinical class seminar Tuesdays from 1:05pm – 4:10pm; •Staff the afternoon mediation docket at the District Court for Baltimore City every other week on Friday afternoons (from 12-5 pm); •Co-mediate at least one mediation referred by the Baltimore City Community Relations Commission; •Schedule and conduct pre-trial mediations referred by the ADR Program of the District Court for Baltimore City and other community referral sources; and •Monitor and address mediation-related legislation in the Maryland General Assembly. Students should contact Professor Toby Guerin at tguerin@law.umaryland.edu with any questions.

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