Events and Conferences

As a leading center in the dispute resolution field, CNDR hosts a variety of professional and academic events and conferences annually.

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) hosts a variety of conferences, symposia, workshops, and events open to students, academics, and the public; our staff and faculty also attend a variety of conferences locally and around the globe. Learn more about our international work here.

CNDR provides public training to practitioners and judges, more information here. Find the UC Law SF Master Calendar of events here.

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Upcoming CNDR Events

Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation Certificate Training

CNDR presents its’ annual 40-hour comprehensive mediation practitioner training. Held completely in-person on the UC Law SF Campus.

Jul 15
Event Date July 15th
8:30 am
Event Location UC Law SF, 200 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

International Training Program

September 9-13, 2024 International Training Program: Promoting Mediation Through Private and Court-Connected Mediation Centers The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) at UC Law SF, in partnership with the […]

Sep 9
Event Date September 9th
8:00 am
Event Location Deb Colloquium Room

Advanced Practitioner Mediation Training Series: Breaking Impasse: How to Close the Deal

UC Law’ San Francisco’s Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) offers high-quality dispute resolution training on in-depth topics for practitioners. This Certificate is designed to engage participants in advanced […]

Nov 15
Event Date November 15th
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Event Location 333 Deb Colloquium and Sky Deck, 5th Floor Cotchett Law Center


The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the University of California College of Law, San Francisco (CNDR), in partnership with the JAMS Foundation, is proud to present “Promoting Mediation through Private and Court-Connected Mediation Centers: Lessons from the U.S. and other Leading Mediation Jurisdictions.” This international training program is intended for lawyers, judges, court administrators, and others interested in learning how to cultivate a robust mediation ecosystem in their home countries through the establishment of effective mediation centers. Top-level U.S. and international experts drawn from the court system, private ADR institutions, and universities will share best practices and lessons learned from decades of ADR reform experience—information that is rarely available to the public.

Save the Date: September 9-13, 2024

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ADR Speaker Series

In collaboration with key institutional partners, the CNDR Spring 2024 ADR Speaker Series will include influential thought leaders from around the country and abroad, to present new ideas and cutting edge research to members of the UC Law SF community and the general public. The ADR Speaker Series is held in conjunction with an Advanced ADR Colloquium course for students, taught by CNDR Professor Clark Freshman.


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ABA Dispute Resolution Conference

The American Bar Association hosts an annual Spring Conference for the Dispute Resolution Section. A long time attendee, CNDR will again sponsor and attend the 2024 conference, April 10-13, 2024 in San Diego, CA. The theme is Mastering the Future: Revolutionizing Dispute Resolution in a Dynamic World.

CNDR Director Hiro Aragaki (Mediating Across Cultures – How Legal Mediation Changes Outside the US), Deputy Director Mattie Robertson (Exploring the Future: The Power of Self-Awareness and Disrupting Bias in Dispute Resolution), & Professor Clark Freshman (Overcoming Bias In Detecting Lies in Negotiation: Tech and Mindfulness) will all be presenting at this year’s conference. 

We hope to see you there!

Northern California ADR Faculty Conference

The NorCal ADR Faculty Conference is an annual gathering to share best teaching practices for ADR and Negotiation. With our co-host, the Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School,  we gather law, business school, and undergrad ADR and Negotiation faculty from throughout Northern California to explore new topics and innovations in pedagogy.

2024 Date: Coming Soon

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ADR Around the World

An annual CNDR event honoring Weinstein JAMS International Fellows. This Fellowship Program provides opportunities for qualified individuals from out-side the United States to study dispute resolution processes and practices in the U.S. to assist them in their efforts to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries. Dozens of countries have been represented at ADR Around the World.

New Frontiers in ADR

Our virtual “lunch and learn” speaker series! All sessions for the school year have been held. Click the link to view recordings and learn more.

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Events for Current UC Law SF Students

Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab is a summertime practical skills series hosted by CNDR focused on professional skills building. For current UC Law SF students only, and by application.

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons is collaboration between the Career Development Office (CDO) and the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR). Creative Commons is a regular series of events designed for current UC Law SF students that focus on using creative tools to develop lawyer skills through experiential learning.

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Healthy Conflict Resolution: A Certificate Training for Student Leaders

The shift to online learning has impacted how we communicate with each other. Much is lost when we are not face to face, and misunderstandings can happen easily. Law school is an opportunity to practice bringing differing viewpoints together, instead of diverging. Join us for an interactive two-part workshop that tackles the ways we communicate with each other, and how we can more effectively engage in difficult conversations for mutual benefit. We will discuss tools and practice techniques you can use to improve your interactions and deepen understanding.

CNDR Events

A sampling of our many events and conferences.

  • Northern California ADR Faculty Conference
  • International Court ADR Institute
  • ADR Around the World Annual Conference
  • American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Spring Conference
  • Global Pound Conference
  • eDiscovery Symposium
  • Online Dispute Resolution and Hackathon
  • ABA Asia Pacific Mediation Summit
  • Resolving Disputes with Companies in Asia
  • Rwanda Mediation Fundraiser
  • Meet the Masters: Special Panel Discussion
  • Negotiation Salon
  • Lie to Me (Lie Detection) Conference
  • Integrated Lawyer Conference
  • New Frontiers in ADR Speaker Series
  • Four Under Forty Career Panel
  • Structured Negotiation Book Party
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The commitment of the participants and the faculty…was powerful and brought us insight, knowledge, many ideas and hidden experience (wisdom). It was really an inspiring and enriching week.

-ADR Around the World Conference Participant

The University of California College of the Law, San Francisco is committed to making its facilities and events accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need reasonable accommodations, please contact CNDR at 415-581-8941 or, or the Disability Access Hotline at 415-581-4848 or at least two weeks before the event.