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2023 Northern California ADR Faculty Conference (Faculty Only)

February 24

For 20 years, the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) and our co-host, the Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School, have gathered law, business school, and undergrad ADR and Negotiation faculty from throughout Northern California to explore new topics and innovations in pedagogy in dispute resolution. It is also an opportunity to connect with others in the field and build relationships.

For faculty and ADR instructors only, not open to the general public. Contact us with any questions.

The 2023 NorCal Conference theme is Mediation: Bridging Theory and Practice, and will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023.


ADR skills courses have been offered in law schools for the past two decades or more, yet the courses themselves have remained largely unchanged: We continue to use many of the same texts, the same role plays, and the same methods of delivery that we did twenty years ago. Have our theoretical and pedagogical models kept up with the times? Do they adequately reflect the current demands and realities of the legal profession? How can we as educators help bridge the gap between theory and practice, both in the classroom and beyond its boundaries? This year’s conference will explore some of these questions and provide a forum for sharing pedagogical techniques to engage student learning and skill-building.

2023 Conference Theme: Mediation: Bridging Theory and Practice
Date: February 24, 2023 from 9:00am – 2:30pm (PST)
Location: UC Law San Francisco, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (in-person only)
Registration: $30
MCLE Credit: 3 (three) California MCLE credit hours available for a single additional specially discounted processing fee

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2023 Speakers and Program:
Program 1:

Does the Standard Law School ADR Curriculum Effectively Prepare our Students for the Realities of Mediation Practice?

Moderator: Hiro N. Aragaki, Professor of Law, UC Law SF & Director of CNDR; Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS

Panelists: Angela Agrusa, DLA Piper (Los Angeles); Bruce Edwards, JAMS (San Francisco); Joan Stearns Johnsen, University of Florida (Gainesville); Stephanie Sheridan, Benesch Law (San Francisco)

Program 2:

Should we adapt our teaching to prevailing changes in mediation practice? If so, how?

Moderator: Janet Martinez, Director, Gould Negotiation & Mediation Program, Stanford Law School

Panelists: Dwight Golann, Suffolk Law School, Research Professor; Jessica Notini, Stanford Law School, Lecturer in Law; Juan Walker, Stanford Law School, Lecturer in Law

Program 3:

Tricks to Engage your Classes: An Interactive Resource Share

Moderator: Jasmine Blackmeir, Adjunct Professor, UC Law SF


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