Summer 2014 SDR Course Offerings

  • Dates and Times for 2014 Summer Institute Courses


    Dispute Resolution (2 cr. hrs.)   July 28-August 1, 8:00 am to 1:10 pm 

    This course covers the study of the major alternatives to litigation for the resolution of disputes including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and court-annexed procedures. Theoretical materials applied in simulated exercises.

    Labor & Employment Arbitration (2 cr. hrs.)   July 21-25, 12:00 pm to 5:10 pm 

    This course will cover the origin and development of labor arbitration as well as examine state and federal labor arbitration laws, arbitration rules, and major arbitration decisions. The mechanics of the arbitration process and evidential and due process issues will also be covered. This course will conclude with a mock arbitration hearing, including the writing of a brief for arbitration and an arbitration opinion. 

    Mediation (2 cr. hrs.)   August 4-8, 8:00 am to 1:10 pm  

    This course approaches mediation from the mediator as well as the advocate’s perspective. Students will develop a sophisticated understanding of mediation and will learn when to use mediation as a settlement process. Learning objectives will be met through in class role-plays, reading assignments, written analysis of mediation role-plays, and a final examination.

    Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (2 cr. hrs.)  *Not Offered Summer of 2014* 

    This course is offered to law students and graduate level social work students to provide a mutual understanding of the legal and sociological principles central to child welfare practice. ICWI will cover such topics as: Constitutional rights of parents and children and the responsibility of the State to protect children from maltreatment; history of child welfare law; child welfare systems in the United States, including: key federal policies, statutes and state structures; legal definitions and practice implications; child development and interviewing children; family dynamics of child maltreatment; ethical and professional considerations for interdisciplinary practice; preparing for trials and providing expert testimony; and permanency planning and negotiating for the best solutions for children and families.

    Divorce Mediation (3 cr. hrs.)   August 11-15, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm 

    This course combines a thorough understanding of the basic skills of mediation with the substantive knowledge of the relevant issues on divorce such as custody, visitation, support and property division. The student will receive education and training that will explore these areas as well as provide the necessary educational requirements to comply with the standard divorce/domestic mediation certification. Prerequisites or co-requisite: Mediation. Note: Course approved by Ohio Supreme Court requirements for a 40 hours of actual class time/ 40 hours CLE. 

    Health Care & Dispute Resolution (2 cr. hrs.)    August 4-8, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm  

    This course seeks to offer a framework for understanding dispute resolution in healthcare by providing a historical perspective on American healthcare's evolution to its present structure. It identifies major players interacting in the current American healthcare setting, highlights key components in healthcare dispute resolution, underscores ethical considerations endemic to healthcare, and anticipates future evolution in health care and dispute resolution. An examination of the use of dispute resolution in the health care industry with emphasis on issues of mediating bioethica1 disputes such as how much care to provide, the allocation of scare recourses, death and dying, the suspension of care, the interaction of the family and the health care provider, medical ethics, including a review of case studies of different existing models of dispute resolution currently being used and an examination of emerging and future issues affecting dispute resolution in the health care industry 

    Summer Adoption Law Institute (2 cr. hrs.)   August 4-8,  8:30 am to 3:00 pm

    This course will cover the basics of adoption including the background of American law of adoption, parental rights and the U.S. Constitution, wrongful adoption, and race and cultural issues in adoption. Exciting, cutting-edge topics such as sexual orientation issues in adoption and assisted reproductive technology will also be covered. Discussion of issues will come from both an academic and practitioner perspective.

    Negotiation (2 cr. hrs.)   July 21-25, 8:00 am to 1:10 pm    

    This course covers selected materials in negotiation, the process by which lawyers resolve 90% of their clients' legal problems. Topics include selecting appropriate strategies for a particular negotiation, planning for a negotiation, and implementing strategy, selecting tactics and considering ethical issues of misrepresentation and zealous advocacy.

    Mediating Workplace Disputes (2 cr. hrs.)  August 11-15, 12:00 pm to 5:10 pm  

    This course will expose students to various theoretical and practical approaches to mediating workplace disputes. Students will explore how the use and application of the mediation process can be used as a tool to resolve workplace disputes in lieu of protracted litigation.The major focus of the course will be on the challenges and limitations of resolving workplace claims filed under various employment statues and common law, e.g., wrongful termination, Title VII, Family Medical Act, American With Disabilities, Sexual Harassment, etc. Students will identify the causes of workplace disputes which could lead to a violation of various employment laws and regulations. More importantly, students will explore how such disputes can be resolved through mediation.

    The course will also exam how state and federal courts, governmental agencies, and corporations use mediation to resolve internal and external workplace disputes. Students will examine controversial issues such as mandatory mediation of workplace disputes, fairness and imbalance of power in workplace mediation, emerging ethical issues in the use of workplace mediation, and cultural competence in workplace mediation. Through demonstration, structured exercises, simulations, role-play and group discussion, student will explore how to effectively represent clients during mediation. Students will also draft legal settlement agreements, prepare demand letters, and case evaluations for mediation.  

    Business Negotiations (2 cr. hrs.) July 28-August 1, 12:00 pm to 5:10 pm  

    This course is designed for students who have taken the Negotiation course and wish to learn about the use of negotiation in the business environment. A student who completes this course will acquire: a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of business negotiation necessary for successful negotiation in business; the skills and abilities necessary to engage successfully in negotiation in various business and organization settings; an understanding of how the discipline of law relates to business negotiation; the ability to identify problems, create solutions, innovate, and improve current practices in business negotiations; and the ability to think creatively to reach mutually satisfactory negotiated outcomes in business. Prerequisites: Negotiations.