Mediation Clinic News

  • Mediation Clinic Students Teach Conflict Management Skills to Undergraduate Student Leaders - More than 30 leaders of student organizations from across campus gathered on March 1 to learn practical skills for managing conflict. The workshop was led by students in the law school's Mediation Clinic. Our students asked attendees to take a "conflict styles assessment" and then discussed the different styles we use when confronted with conflicts in our lives. Students practiced strategies for effectively managing conflict such as active listening and open-ended questions.
  • - The University of Washington School of Law will be presented with the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Education Award at the 2010 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, an annual gathering of the federal bench and bar from the western United States.
  • - On March 2, 2010, students in the US School of Law Mediation Clinic conducted a "Conflict Management" workshop for campus student leaders at the Ethnic Cultural Center.
  • UW School of Law Students Succeed in Regional ABA Mediation Competition - Congratulations to Mediation Clinic students Heather Coldwell and Megan Winder who came in second in the regional American Bar Association Mediation Competition held at the University of Oregon School of Law last weekend. The winning team was also from the University of Washington School of Law!
  • - KCBA Bulletin Julia Gold, senior lecturer and director of the University of Washington’s Mediation Clinic, came to the University of Washington in 1995. The Mediation Clinic, founded by Professor Alan Kirtley, was three years old at the time. Under her direction, and with the help of enthusiastic faculty and students, the clinic has grown to provide services to many kinds of parties.
  • Shellan Bequest to Support Mediation Programs - Prof. Julia Gold and The Hon. Gerard Shellan

    A pioneer in alternative dispute resolution, The Honorable Gerard M. Shellan may be off the bench, but he continues to hear cases as a mediator and an arbitrator. He has heard more than 3750 cases, everything from marriage dissolution to construction matters, and remains one of the most sought-after mediators in the United States.

    In talking to law school students from Professors Julia Gold and Alan Kirtley’s classes, he stressed the importance of mediation. Not only does mediation make the court system more efficient, but clients benefit, in time and money, from a respectful process and the successful resolution of their issues. Judge Shellan also emphasized that today’s lawyers need to understand how to prepare for mediation, as opposed to preparing for a trial.

    Shellan, who graduated from the law school at Columbia University and retired after a long career on King County Superior Court, strongly believes that mediation is a critical component of the judicial system and that students need a solid foundation in the practice and principles of dispute resolution. To this end, he recently included a $250,000 bequest and a gift of real estate property in his estate plan to support arbitration and mediation education at the UW School of Law. This newest gift is in addition to the $200,000 charitable remainder unitrust he funded in 1993 to benefit the law school. For Gold, director of the Mediation Clinic, this stable funding will allow the clinic to provide services to more people in the community while giving law students important hands on experience with clients.

    “Alternative dispute resolution is now an equal part of the judicial system and handles more cases than public courts,” Judge Shellan told the students. “The Mediation Clinic is giving us new lawyers who are prepared for this component of our court system.

Last updated 5/5/2014