Through discussion, simulations, and role play, this course focuses on the structure and goals of the mediation process and the skills and techniques mediators use to aid parties in overcoming barriers to dispute resolution. The course also examines the underlying negotiation orientations and strategies that mediators may confront and employ, the respective roles of party and party representatives in the mediation process, dealing with difficult people and power imbalances, cultural considerations, and ethical issues for mediation participants and mediators. In addition, special attention is devoted to the art of successful representation of parties in mediation. (3 credits)