Conferences and Events


October 19, 2017 | The Power of Persuasion - 20 Years of Civil Rights Successes Without Lawsuits

Lainey Feingold and Chicago disability rights lawyer Andrés Gallegos will share stories and answer questions about Structured Negotiation. Andrés, along with his clients and co-counsel have had great successes with Structured Negotiation in improving health care services for disabled people. Lainey and Andrés will share stories of their cases and clients, and talk about how Structured Negotiation trades the stress, conflict, and cost of litigation for a process focused on solution and relationship-building.

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Past Events


July 8-9, 2017 | Managing the Negotiation Within: Internal Family Systems Training for Mediators and Lawyers Conference

This two-day training centered on the theory and practice of the Internal Family Systems model as a tool for conflict resolution, with simulations and written materials.  When embattled parties come to the mediation or negotiation table, they are often awash in emotions and impulses that make for difficult interactions and impasses.  The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model provides a language and framework for helping each party identify and speak for the fearful, enraged, or wounded parts of themselves that are driving the conflict, and feel witnessed by the other. Once these behind-the-scenes feelings are revealed, the atmosphere in the room often shifts and the parties are more willing to de-escalate their conflict and discuss their issues from a calmer, more mindful place. 

In addition, IFS offers mediators and lawyers clear, practical ways to work with their own emotions. This program, which has received stellar reviews in Boston, is led by IFS Founding Developer Dick Schwartz and BLC Founder and Harvard Law School Lecturer David Hoffman. No prior IFS training required.

The Conference is hosted by The Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Boston Law Collaborative Institute.

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