Mediation Clinic Info
Welcome to the Mediation Clinic at The University of Montana School of Law. This web site will provide you with information about mediation, the Clinic, and the services we provide. The Mediation Clinic trains students to intervene and resolve disputes out-of-court. During their tenure, Clinic interns, under the supervision of the faculty director, collaborating attorneys, and mediators, provide pro bono mediation services (as third-party neutrals and as attorney-advocates); undertake advanced study in the fields of alternative dispute resolution, problem-solving, and conflict management; and pursue a range of related projects. In the process, students provide a valuable community service and gain a deeper understanding of relevant areas of law, including family law, landlord and tenant law, consumer law, and professional responsibility.
The Clinic’s primary goal is the study and practice of alternative dispute resolution. Toward this end, the Clinic:
- identifies and analyzes sources, causes, and dynamics of societal, community, and interpersonal conflict;
- promotes the prevention and just, efficient resolution of destructive conflicts and disputes;
- develops innovative conflict- and dispute-resolution methods; and
- fosters best mediation practices.
The Clinic has particular expertise in mediating domestic, parenting, landlord-tenant, debtor-creditor, employer-employee, intra-organizational, victim-offender, neighbor-neighbor, and small claims disputes.
The Clinic provides these services primarily to train students in mediation practice. The Clinic is therefore selective in accepting cases.
The Mediation Clinic was established in 1996 to provide opportunities for University of Montana law students to study mediation and conflict resolution in action. During the academic year, the Clinic works with the Community Dispute Resolution Center of Missoula, the Justice and District Courts, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, the University, area public schools, and other organizations.
The Clinic is staffed by third-year law students who have completed basic—and often advanced—training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, including coursework in negotiation, mediation, advanced dispute resolution, family law, and landlord and tenant law.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is an informal, voluntary, and confidential process by which an impartial third party—here the Clinic—intervenes and facilitates communication and settlement.
The Clinic typically employs the facilitative method but, depending on the nature of the dispute and wishes of the parties, may also be evaluative or transformative in its approach. Clinic interns are trained in these three general mediation approaches.
The Clinic can also design and tailor other methods and systems by which parties can resolve their disputes.
To learn more about mediation, visit http://www.abanet.org/dispute/flash/abadr_gettingtoknowmediation.html.
If you are interested in our services, please call or e-mail us at 406.243.2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then conduct an interview with you to determine whether your situation is one in which we can get involved. Please note that we can provide services either as third-party neutrals or as advocates.
Director, Mediation Clinic
Professor of Law
Clinic Program Coordinator
Clinical Interns 2014-2015