College of Law Offers Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution in May

Thursday, April 12 2012

By Donna Emert

MOSCOW/BOISE, Idaho – Effective dispute resolution requires an understanding of the law, effective communication skills, psychological insight and solid people skills.

The demand for dispute resolution is growing. Practitioners serve as mediators, consensus builders, negotiators, facilitators, and ultimately, problem solvers—skills valued both inside and outside of a courtroom.

To meet a growing demand for dispute resolution education and training in the Northwest, the University of Idaho established the Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution (NWIDR) in 1997. 

The 16th Annual NWIDR is scheduled for May 14-18 at Moscow and May 22-23 at Boise. 

“Whether the controversy concerns family, business, environmental, health care or employment conflicts, more and more people are resolving their disputes outside of the courtroom,” said Maureen Laflin, director of College of Law Clinical Programs and professor of law. “Advocates and dispute resolution providers need to know how to navigate these processes in order to help parties resolve their conflicts.”

This year, the Institute offers a broad array of courses covering facilitation, mediation and arbitration:

Mediation training will be offered in Moscow at the Menard Law Building, delivered as two, 40-hour mediation courses: one to be focused on family dispute mediation, May 14-18; the other on civil mediation, May 14-16. Coursework is designed to meet federal and state requirements for basic mediation training.

In Moscow, May 14-16, the Institute also is offering a two and a half day course titled, Facilitating Agreement in Environmental and Public Policy Disputes, designed for those who wish to facilitate agreements in public policy and natural resource disputes, or to become better equipped to counsel or represent people in collaborative, agreement seeking public policy discussions. 

In Boise, May 22-23, the Institute and The US Courts District of Idaho are sponsoring training in arbitration and law practices. That course will be offered at the James A. McClure Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 550 West Fort Street, Boise.

Five renowned law and mediation practitioners and educators will be teaching the courses.

They include: Lela Porter Love, professor of law and director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York;  Joseph B. Stulberg, the John W. Bricker Professor of Law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law;  Bob Collins, adjunct professor and director of the Divorce Mediation Clinic at Cardozo Law School; Merlyn W. Clark, senior partner in the Boise office of Hawley, Troxell, Ennis & Hawley, LLP; and Donna Silverburg, owner and principal of DS Consulting, a Portland, Ore. based facilitation, mediation and consensus building firm focused on public policy and natural resource issues.

To find out more about NWIDR offerings at Boise and Moscow, or to sign up for courses, go to:
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