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Family Law Mediation Clinic (Spring 2018)
- Course Number: LAW-869
- Class Number: 03638
- Instructor: Marilyn Mordetzky
The Family/Dependency Law Mediation Clinic is a Spring semester course open to a subset of the students who enrolled in the Mediation Clinic I course in the Fall 2017 semester. Students will be taught the unique skills and substantive area of the law necessary to successfully mediate these important and challenging cases in the Edelman Children’s courthouse in Monterey Park. Mediations will be conducted in a co-mediation style and assisted by Supervisory staff of lead mediators at Edelman Children’s courthouse. In addition to substantial field work conducting mediations, the class will also have regular meetings at USC, where the students and the instructor will debrief the court mediations, discussing the challenges encountered as well as effective techniques and strategies to use in future mediations. In addition, a limited amount of LLM in ADR and MDR students will be allowed to take the class by petition.
D. Course Objectives
By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to co-mediate competently dependency cases in the Edelman Children’s Courthouse in Monterey Park.
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.
There will be no final exam. Grades will be based upon the following three sets of criteria, weighted as ndicated:
(30%) Class attendance, active and meaningful contributions to class discussions, and skill proficiency in preparing for and conducting roleplays and other in-class exercises.
(30%) A journal entry of each mediation conducted by the student is due at the class preceding the completed mediation. Four (4) total mediations are due at the conclusion of the Spring semester. Mediations may include mock mediations done in class. The journals shall describe one new important lesson learned in conducting that mediation at the Edelman courthouse or mock mediation.
(40%) Knowledge and skill in preparing for and conducting court mediations. Your grade for this component of the course is not dependent upon whether you actually achieve settlement at mediation, but will instead focus on your efforts to help the parties reach settlement, with an emphasis on demonstrated creativity, practical problem solving, working collaboratively, professionally, and productively with the parties (and your co-mediator), and application of the mediation techniques studied and practiced in class. Also important is the ability to reflect on your performance and devise strategies for improving your techniques.
- Unit Value: 4
- Grading Options: Numerical Only
- Schedule: Th 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
- Room Number: Room 12
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
- Participation: Required and graded
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