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Mediation Advocacy

Summer Course

Professional advocates invariably find themselves in mediation or mediation-like settings.  Lawyers and social workers, for example, often advocate in such formal settings as court-annexed mediations, and activists and journalists in such informal settings as disputes involving neighborhood problems and news access.  How do such situations differ from litigation?  And how should we advocate in them?  Taking an expansive view of “mediations”, this seminar will look at the characteristics of extra-legal dispute resolution mechanisms and introduce effective advocacy strategies appropriate in such settings.