July 20-23, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

The course explores dispute resolution methods and the ways in which they may be used by judges to reframe, determine approaches for case resolution, and move beyond impasse. You will apply new techniques in class through facilitated discussions, role plays, and other hands-on exercises designed to improve dispute resolution skills. You will also learn about court-annexed programs, settlement techniques, and the real-life ethical issues that can accompany mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and other forms of dispute resolution.

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Why should I take this course?

In light of ever increasing court dockets and limited time, judges are being asked to use alternative methods of dispute resolution to avoid trials. This course provides you with information on the newest methods of dispute resolution including judicial settlement methods, mediation for family and civil cases, summary jury trials, and other innovative devices used to solve disputes more efficiently and effectively.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Define and use the various dispute resolution devices, including mediation, arbitration, and hybrid processes.
  • Evaluate and decide which dispute resolution device is appropriate for the individual dispute given the nature of the courts and the parties involved.
  • Recognize those cases that are not appropriate for alternative dispute resolution.
  • Adopt an appropriate role in settlement proceedings consistent with emerging legal and ethical restraints.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for general jurisdiction judges, limited jurisdiction judges, administrative law judges, as well as other court personnel. Judges 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. The faculty is led by Judge Reba A. Page, of Falls Church, Virginia.

How is this course taught?

You 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. You will also participate in skill-building exercises.

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 registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.