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Conflict Management in Legal Practice

The goal of this course is to help students develop certain skills and perspectives for managing conflict and managing themselves that will enable them to provide better service to their clients and gain more satisfaction in professional practice. The course will involve two principal tracks, which we will frequently weave together. Track one, Tools for Managing Conflict, focuses on developing theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for understanding and dealing with conflict and disputes and negotiating deals. Track two, Tools of Awareness, focuses on strategies that will allow you to function more effectively in a wide variety of settings. The two tracks can reinforce each other: The Tools of Awareness enhance our ability to negotiate, mediate, and advocate well; and Tools for Managing Conflict foster our ability to develop and maintain present-moment, nonjudgmental awareness. During the semester, we will frequently undertake experiential exercises that combine dispute resolution, mindful awareness (currently employed in the U.S. in a few law firms and law schools, corporations and government agencies), and various meditation practices. Evaluation: Journal entries, short writing assignments, a case study, and class participation Teaching Method: Some lecture, discussion, and simulation Prerequisites: None Text: Doug Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most


Catalog Number: LITARB 611
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionLegal Skills Development


Course History

Fall 2013
Title: Conflict Management in Legal Practice
Faculty: Riskin, Leonard L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24



Fall 2012
Title: Conflict Management in Legal Practice
Faculty: Riskin, Leonard L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25



Fall 2011
Title: Conflict Mgmt in Lgl Practice
Faculty: Riskin, Leonard L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24



Fall 2010
Title: Conflict Management in Legal Practice
Faculty: Riskin, Leonard L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 18