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Advanced Mediation Clinic (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-894
  • Class Number: 03669
  • Instructor: Lisa Klerman

Course Description


The Advanced Mediation Clinic is a two semester course[1] that is open to students who have previously completed the Mediation Clinic in a prior semester. In this second Clinic, students learn additional skills that enable them to mediate more sophisticated and complex cases, including those where attorneys typically represent the parties in the mediation.  The Advanced Mediation Clinic course runs concurrently with the regular Mediation Clinic. Students will be expected to do the following:

·         Attend training workshops on advanced mediation topics, held at times convenient to students’ schedules.

·         Attend class meetings and periodic one-on-one meetings with the instructor and if applicable, with mediation coaches.

·         Conduct “live” mediations. Mediation opportunities include the following:

1.      Civil Limited Jurisdiction “same day trial” cases in Department 77 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court

2.      “Wage theft” cases filed with the Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement

3.      Employment discrimination and harassment cases, in partnership with the Department and Fair Employment and Housing

4.      Internal affairs and EEO disputes involving the Los Angeles Fire Department

5.      Arts and Entertainment mediations in partnership with California Lawyers for the Arts
 

6..      ADA disability access cases filed in the United States District Court

7.      Unlawful detainer cases, typically where lawyers represent at least one party in the lawsuit

8.      Cases of a more sophisticated nature that come to USC by private referral

9.      Students may also have the opportunity to “intern” for a semester in the Dispute Resolution division of the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs

·         Write a reflection paper (approximately 5 pages) highlighting five lessons  learned during the mediations. The paper is due at the conclusion of the Spring semester.

·         Students may enroll between 1 and 4 units each semester, depending on the level of responsibility that the student wishes to assume. The instructor will then tailor the assignments appropriately.
 

Students may also choose to assist with the running of the regular Mediation Clinic by taking on one or more of the following assignments, typically during the beginning of the Fall semester:

·         Assist in training the students enrolled in the regular Mediation Clinic, including participating in class exercises and simulated mediations.

·         Allow Mediation Clinic students to observe them as they conduct mediations at the Los Angeles County Superior Court and/or other types of mediations.

·         Co-mediate  cases with other Mediation Clinic students.

·         Act in the senior mediator role in our employment mediation program, with a student enrolled in the Employment Dispute Mediation class participating as the junior co-mediator.

·         Participate in class discussions to debrief court mediations, offering tips and techniques to improve performance.

B. Instructor

Professor:  Lisa Klerman

Phone:  (310) 386-9612

Email:  lklerman@law.usc.edu

Office Hours:  Thursdays 4:00-5:00, or by appointment

C. Textbook

There will be special materials and handouts prepared by the instructor.

D.    Time and Place

Varies.  Most class meetings are held in Room 436.

E.     Credit and Grading

Students may enroll between 1 and 4 units each semester, depending on the level of responsibility that the student wishes to assume. The instructor will then tailor the assignments appropriately.

There will be no final exam.  Grades will be based upon attendance, active and meaningful contributions to class discussions, the quality of the written work, and skill proficiency in carrying out assignments

F.     Prerequisites

Students must have first completed the regular Mediation Clinic.

G.    Class Recording

Classes will never be recorded, either routinely or upon student request.

H.    Course Objectives

By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to independently and competently mediate the cases identified in Section 1(A) above. 

II.  Course Requirements & Guidelines

A.    Class Preparation and Participation

Class discussion will commence with the assumption that everyone is thoroughly familiar with the assigned materials and is prepared to participate in discussions in a professional manner. 

B.     Attendance and Classroom Behavior

Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students.  Please note that all communication and entertainment devices such as cell phones, iPods, and iPads are to be turned off and kept off throughout the class session.

C.    Grading Criteria

There will be no final exam.  Grades will be based upon attendance, active and meaningful contributions to class discussions, the quality of the written work, and skill proficiency in carrying out assignments:



[1]  With permission and for good cause, students may elect to take the Advanced Mediation Clinic for a single semester.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 1-4
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Exam: No exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
  • Participation: Required and graded