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Family Law Mediation Workshop

Meeting Rule 8s training requirements for mediators

8:30am-5:00pm, Monday, July 11 through Thursday, July 14, 2011
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
30 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

In January 2005, Rule 8 of the Uniform Rules of Dispute Resolution took effect, providing system-wide standards for court-connected alternative dispute resolution services in Massachusetts. Rule 8's guidelines establish training, evaluation, mentoring, and continuing education requirements for mediators, among others. MCLE is pleased to present this four-day, thirty-hour workshop for mediators with a knowledge of basic divorce law.

Special focus

This workshop trains mediators in the area of family law practice. Mediation is widely used in domestic relations matters, including divorce, custody, adoption, visitation, paternity, and other family law litigation. This training enables you to serve as a family law mediator incompliance with state requirements.

What it covers

Basic mediation training emphasizes interactive participation and encourages "learning by doing." It includes a mixture of theory and practice that enhances the performance of trainees and provides a variety of learning techniques that reflect a sensitivity to individual learning styles. Lecture and role-play sessions cover basic considerations in the types of disputes addressed by mediation.

Selected skills checklist

MCLE's Family Law Mediation training teaches you how to:

  • Manage the Process: Explain the mediation process and role of mediator; Set a tone that helps put people at ease; Be flexible in tailoring the process to the needs of the parties; Respect the parties' rights to make their own decisions; Uphold the parameters of confidentiality
  • Manage Interactions: Maintain an open, honest, and supportive atmosphere; Treat parties with respect and affirmation; Maintain neutrality; Avoid the appearance of bias or favoritism; Handle conflict and strong emotions effectively; Help parties to see problems from others' points of view; Avoid giving opinions or making judgments; Keep discussions focused on issues relevant to the negotiations; Demonstrate patience and persistence
  • Manage Information: Ask relevant and open-ended questions; Present and reframe information clearly; Seek understanding of underlying needs; Determine areas of flexibility; Introduce brainstorming or role reversal to encourage reevaluation of positions and development of options; Encourage parties to develop new solutions; Identify common interests; Encourage collaborative efforts between parties; Support parties' control of the outcome; Help to frame a clear, balanced, specific, and future-oriented agreement.

Table of Contents


Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg, Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Community Legal Aid, West Newton


Israela Adah Brill-Cass, Esq.,, Boston
David A. Hoffman, Esq., Boston Law Collaborative LLC, Boston
Oran E. Kaufman, Esq., Amherst Mediation Services, Amherst
Susan J. Matthew, Esq., Healy, Fiske, Richmond & Matthew LLP, Cambridge
Hon. Gail L. Perlman, Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Northampton
Sheila F.G. Schwartz, Esq., Needham
Hon. Eileen M. Shaevel, Dispute Resolution Alternatives, Boston
Vicki L. Shemin, Esq., Boston Law Collaborative LLC, Boston
Norman J. Sherman, Esq., Law Office of Norman J. Sherman, Swampscott
Richard N. Wolman, Ph.D., Boston Law Collaborative LLC, Boston



  • $1,295
  • $1,095 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $895 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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