Straus Institute: Tools of Mindful Awareness for Lawyers, Mediators, Negotiators, Judges, Arbitrators, and Managers
Tools of Mindful Awareness for Lawyers, Mediators, Negotiators, Judges, Arbitrators, and Managers
The course is part of Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution's 3-day Summer Session Professional Skills Program, Thursday to Saturday, June 23 - June 25, 2011:
Faculty: Leonard Riskin and Rachel Wohl
Conflict resolvers aspire to provide high quality service and to derive satisfaction in the process, but often face barriers to fulfilling such aspirations. One major barrier in our fast-paced lives is stress. Stress often causes us to have trouble concentrating and listening. And stress is associated with a welter of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and habitual modes of reacting. Mindfulness -- a systematic method of paying attention, deliberately, in the moment, without judgment -- can help us gain awareness of our mental and emotional processes, our habitual reactions, and their manifestations in our mind, body, breath, and voice. Such awareness opens the door to developing ourselves in ways that will enable us to perform better and to get more satisfaction from our work. [For further information, see Riskin, The Contemplative: On the Potential Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation to Law Students, Lawyers, and their Clients, 7 Harvard Negotiation. Law Review 1 (2002.]
What you will learn:
To better understand and deal with your own reactions to conflict
Mindfulness meditation, a highly-refined, systematic method of moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness, which develops both calmness of mind and body and deep insight into an array of mental and physical conditions The Taking STOCK technique, which you will practice to integrate and maintain mindfulness in various negotiation and dispute resolution roles
Leonard L. Riskin, Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, previously served at the University of Missouri as director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. A practicing mediator, he has taught both dispute resolution and mindfulness around the world. Professor Riskin has a J.D. from N.Y.U. and an LL.M. from Yale. He has published several books and numerous articles on dispute resolution (some dealing with grids of mediator orientations facilitative-evaluative/broad-narrow), and several articles on the potential contributions of mindfulness to law and mediation practice.
Rachel Wohl is the director of MACRO, Maryland's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office. She is a mediator and attorney who successfully designed and implemented a large-scale (700-person) collaborative process that catapulted Maryland to the forefront of the conflict resolution field. She cochaired the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality and is a founding board member of an exciting new organization, Mediators Beyond Borders. Wohl received the Association for Conflict Resolution's Mary Parker-Follett Award for innovation. She has practiced meditation for over 17 years and has taught mindfulness courses at several law schools and in Scotland.
Register for three days of a unique educational opportunity for practicing professionals. Early enrollment is recommended since participation in this session is limited. Contact Lori Rushford at (310) 506-6342 or e-mail Lori.Rushford@pepperdine.edu to enroll or to request a brochure.
Tuition, including meals and materials, is $1,295. Registrations received prior to May 13, 2011, will be given a $100 discount ($1,195). A reduced rate of $895 is available for employees of governmental and non-profit organizations. (No early discount rate applies). Payment is due at the time of registration to hold your space. Should a paid participant be unable to attend tuition, less a non-refundable fee of $200, will be refunded or a substitute may attend the program.