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Course Revision Effective Date: February 12, 2020

Course Description:

This course isn’t exactly what the title sounds like. It is intended to challenge even the most experienced mediators and shake them out of their rut and nudge them off of the plateau they may have landed on. We begin by listing all of the typical causes of impasse in mediation, and then operate on the assumption that the mediator should accept responsibility for the majority of these roadblocks and can avoid an impasse by taking action in their convening process or in the early stages of the mediation to assure that impasse never occurs. This workshop is a highly interactive, high energy training that is seriously practical, as the goal is for each attendee to leave with a list of 50 new tools that they are going to implement immediately in their next mediations. The more experienced the audience is, the more we work in small groups, building off of each others’ experience. It inspires and creates “aha” moments as mediators are exposed to new paradigms and ideas that will make them more effective in their work, and have them facing impasse much less frequently.

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for all settlement program judges, both newly appointed and existing.


Lee Jay Berman, Mediation Offices of Lee Jay Berman

Continuing Education Credit:

5.0 mediation and CLE, includes 2.0 ethics. (Certificate of Completion required to receive continuing legal/judicial education credit.) NOTE: CLE credit for this course is approved through December 31, 2024, and then will be stale dated.


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