Arbitration, Family Mediation, and Other Alternatives for Resolving Disputes



Conference Fee




Course Location

Reno, NV

Course Fees



Conference Fee


Reno, NV

August 15, 2022 to August 17, 2022

This course has been cancelled.

Reduced court hours and increased case filings are pushing family law and civil law departments to the breaking point. This course provides participants with information on evolving methods of dispute resolution including mediation for family and civil cases, judicial settlement methods, arbitration, and other innovative devices used to solve disputes more efficiently and effectively. You will be provided checklists, tips and suggestions that will help, especially with an increasing number of self-represented litigants. Participants will also participate in skills-building exercises.


Course $899

Conference Fee $259

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Define and use the various dispute resolution devices;
  • Evaluate and decide which dispute resolution device is appropriate for the individual dispute given the nature of their courts, the attorneys and their legal cultures;
  • Recognize those cases that are not appropriate for alternative dispute resolution; and
  • Adopt an appropriate role consistent with emerging legal and ethical restraints.

Who should attend?
Judges and court-affiliated mediators who have responsibility for areas such as complex litigation, small claims, or family disputes, where traditional dispute resolution methods have been the source of dissatisfaction, have found the course particularly useful. Judges who want to strengthen their own understanding of negotiation or settlement techniques have also found the course useful.

Who are the members of the faculty?
Judges who have been active in managing their dockets through the use of alternative dispute resolution are the primary faculty members.

How is this course taught?
The participant should expect to be actively engaged throughout the course with small group discussion and simulated settlement negotiations. The course will use many role-play scenarios to practice dispute resolution skills in a variety of settings.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?
This course will provide the judge with tools to be able to resolve more disputes at earlier stages in the proceedings allowing the judge to concentrate on those cases that should be tried. The course will acquaint judges with the variety of systems being employed throughout the country for resolving disputes inside and outside of court, as well as each system’s advantages and disadvantages. The course will also give judges an opportunity to experience and practice various forms of dispute resolution.

Whom should I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

This course is open to judges and court-affiliated mediators only. The curriculum is designed for all adjudicators who wish to improve their writing through application of logic constructs and writing techniques. This course will assist anyone who writes judicial opinions become a more skillful and effective opinion writer.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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