Training for Practitioners & Judges

Superior education and cutting-edge training.

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) offers a variety of mediation and dispute resolution programs to the public, ADR professionals, judges, attorneys, and court administrators. We collaborate on projects with local trainers, non-profits, commercial ADR providers, and government agencies. CNDR also offers customized training to suit your needs – we have you covered from basic certification to advanced ADR topics. MCLE Provider #9545.

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Master the Fundamentals of Mediation Certificate

Hosted at UC Law SF annually and open to the general public, this 40-hour comprehensive mediation certification training provides a unique blend of mediation theory, hands-on mediation skills training, and an exploration of the sensibilities and personal qualities required to be an effective mediator. This highly interactive and dynamic program is useful for a range of professionals who deal with people in conflict, and any attorney who represents clients in mediation, to understand the process and to be more effective in representing clients in mediation. No prior training or experience required.

Dates: July 15-19, 2024

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International Training

International Training Program: Promoting Mediation Through Private and Court-Connected Mediation Centers: 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.

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Advanced Practitioner Mediation Certificate Series

An in-depth, advanced mediation skills series designed to engage participants on specific topics that are essential in any mediator’s toolkit. Taught by an experienced team of faculty and practitioners, the series will be held 2-3 times annually and sessions range from 2 – 4 hours each. First offered in 2020, sessions will continue through 2026.

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Past Sessions: How to Assume the Neutral’s Role; Increasing Effective Communication; Handling Emotions Productively; Legality and the Neutral’s Basis in Law; Dynamic and Technical Mediation Approaches; Tackling Biases in Mediation; Playing for the Long Game: Negotiation Skills

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International Cross-Border Family Mediation Training

Taught by Melissa Kucinski, this program is open to family mediators who want to advance their mediation skills to work more productively with families where cross-border parenting issues arise. This training will help family mediators spot potential issues that require additional discussion and consideration between the parents, and help the mediator have a more sophisticated understanding of how to approach these complex multi-jurisdictional situations. The training will cover the legal and practical aspects of international custody, child relocation, and child abduction that may arise when a family’s background includes more than one jurisdiction.

Dates: 2025 Dates TBA

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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

Customized Training

CNDR can work with you to design a specialized training that meets the needs of your organization or team, or any of our other training offerings can be provided privately and customized to your group.

Some past sample customized training topics: Effective Communication, Conflict Styles Assessment, Power Imbalances, Bias, Negotiation Techniques, Mediation Basics, Dispute Resolution Laws & Statutes, Trauma-Informed Mediation, and much more!

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Select Past CNDR Trainings

  • Mastering the Fundamentals, Basic Mediation Certification
  • Mediation for HR Professionals
  • International Court ADR Institute: Envisioning, Designing, and Implementing Court ADR: A Practical and Theoretical Program
  • International Cross Border Family Mediation
  • Spanish Mediation
  • Advanced Mediation Training
  • Effective Negotiation
  • Mastering the Difficult Negotiation
  • Practice of Conflict Coaching
  • Stealth Facilitation
  • Leadership Academy

Cancellation Policy

For all CNDR events, cancellations on or before 30 days prior to the event will receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations after 30 days prior to the event will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations on or after 5 days prior to the event will not receive a refund.

ADA Accommodations Statement

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.