Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective, 5/19-5/23

Open to: All law students

Date & Time: Monday, May 19 – Friday, May 23, 2014, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: King County Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution: 401 Fifth Avenue, Suite 135, Seattle, WA

Cost: $400 for Seattle University students

Registration Process: Send Vivien Sharples an email at expressing your interest in attending and to request an application

Registration Deadline: May 3, 2014


This institute offers participants:

  • A basic mediation training with social justice principles and strategies infused throughout each step of the process
  • Advanced mediation practice, certification of completion, and CLE credits (applied for)
  • Frameworks for understanding how identity and institutional practices can impact mediation processes and lead to the unintended privileging of some parties
  • Hands-on strategies for program coordinators and mediators to help ameliorate common patterns of disenfranchisement in mediation services

$500 registration

Some fee reductions available. $100 off for Seattle University students

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved. (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

The institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques. We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary. Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties. Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

While this training qualifies as a 36 hour basic mediation training, it does not automatically gain you entrance into a mediation practicum leading to certification by WMA. Call us (206-615-1692) for more information.