Summer Institute in Dispute Resolution 2014

Summer Institute in Dispute Resolution 2014The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law hosts a Summer Institute geared to give law or graduate students, attorneys, and other professionals the chance to take intensive short courses on dispute resolution in Las Vegas. Courses offer one to two law school credits or 12 to 24 hours of Nevada CLE credit. This year’s offerings, provided by experts in the field, focus on the following:

Public Policy & Environmental Dispute Resolution
Securities Dispute Resolution
Conflict Resolution in the Criminal Context
Mediation Advocacy

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$854 per one-credit course for Nevada residents
$1,708 per two-credit course for Nevada residents
$1,246 per one-credit course for non-residents
$2,492 per two-credit course for non-residents

Submit a completed application form and a $150 non-refundable application fee to:

Ngai Pindell
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
William S. Boyd School of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1003

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Application deadline: April 21, 2014

The Summer Institute courses are part of the law school's summer course offerings. Boyd students will be able to register for these courses when summer registration opens in late April.

One-credit courses qualify for 12 NV CLE credits.
Two-credit courses qualify for 24 NV CLE credits.

All courses are held at the William S. Boyd School of Law on the UNLV campus, which is centrally located in sunny Las Vegas. A sparkling oasis nestled in the beautiful Mojave Desert, Las Vegas offers world-class entertainment, dining, shopping, and nightlife.

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For more information about the Summer Institute, contact Sandra Rodriguez at (702) 895-2428.

The Saltman Center, established in 2003, is nationally recognized for its dispute resolution program. The center hosts a variety of conferences, lectures, workshops, competitions, clinics, and courses. For more information about the center, click here.

Summer Institute in Dispute Resolution Course Grading Bases
For all courses prospective students should assume their final grade will also be based on class participation, attendance, and class preparation.

Public Policy & Environmental Dispute Resolution
2 credits or 24 hours of NV CLE credit
Letter grade 
Tuesday, May 27 – 12:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28 – 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 29 – 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 30 – 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Sean Nolon
Professor of Law and Director of Dispute Resolution Program, Vermont Law School

Resolving public policy and environmental disputes is notoriously difficult. Effective lawyers need skills and knowledge to navigate the many challenges. Dealing with multiple parties, understanding complicated factual matters and advocating for the most effective processes are what this course will focus on. This course will compare the use of adversarial and collaborative processes in public policy disputes and explore the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches. This course will rely heavily on simulations to explore theories and build the skills needed to be effective negotiators. Through this course students will develop an understanding of how to create an effective problem-solving climate in public policy and environmental disputes.

Sean Nolon is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and director of their Dispute Resolution Program. He has designed and taught courses on land use law, environmental law and dispute resolution at Pace Law School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Pepperdine Law School, Dartmouth College and the Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. He is also an experienced litigator, mediator and arbitrator, specializing in public policy, environmental, and complex commercial disputes. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications including the recently published text “Land in Conflict: Managing and Resolving Land Use Disputes.”

Securities Dispute Resolution
1 credit or 12 hours of NV CLE credit
Letter grade
Friday, June 13 – 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 14 – 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 15 – 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Jill I. Gross
James D. Hopkins Professor of Law and Director of Legal Skills, Pace University

This one-credit course will explore the processes of dispute resolution most utilized in the securities industry. The course will focus on the resolution of disputes between investors and their broker-dealers, and will cover in detail arbitration and mediation at FINRA Dispute Resolution, the primary forum for resolution of arbitrable securities disputes. Students will participate in a simulation of a securities mediation, and parts of a securities arbitration. The course will also provide an overview of other methods of dispute resolution utilized in the securities industry, including SEC enforcement proceedings and securities class actions.

Jill I. Gross is the James D. Hopkins Professor of Law and has been a director of the Investor Rights Clinic (formerly the Securities Arbitration Clinic) since 1999. Professor Gross teaches the Investor Rights Clinic and Seminar, Mediation and Arbitration, Professional Responsibility, and Securities Litigation and Enforcement. She has published numerous law review articles in the area of dispute resolution and investor justice, and has been quoted in the national media on issues relating to securities arbitration. As Director of Legal Skills, Professor Gross oversees and provides leadership on all matters related to curricular skills training, including writing programs, advocacy programs, and all clinics, externships, and simulations. Professor Gross previously taught as an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School (Arbitration Law) and at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Legal Writing). She is an arbitrator for FINRA Dispute Resolution and the National Futures Association, and is a former Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual Securities Arbitration continuing legal education program.

Conflict Resolution in the Criminal Context
1 credit or 12 hours of NV CLE credit
Letter grade
Thursday, June 19 – 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 20 – 12:40 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.
Saturday, June 21 – 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ellen Waldman
Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Peace or Justice, Pardon or Punish: these are the polar opposites criminal justice scholars consider when thinking about ADR in the criminal context. In this course students will discuss the different values that underlie traditional retributive approaches as compared to restorative justice theories and practices. Students will review two of the most famous experiments in restorative justice responses to massive human rights abuses: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and the Gacaca forums in Rwanda. Student will assess the benefits and risks of deploying mediation and other “soft” interventions in everyday crimes and misdemeanors. Finally, students will survey the growing use of “problem-solving courts” and hear from a local judge working in one of Las Vegas’ “specialized” courts about the degree to which therapeutic interventions can be incorporated into the criminal justice system’s “business as usual.” Throughout the course, students will try to determine if peace and justice must remain in tense opposition to one another or whether there are ways in which responses to transgression can encompass and reconcile these twin aims.

A member of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty since 1992, Ellen Waldman founded and supervises the school’s Mediation Program, which affords students an opportunity to mediate disputes in small claims court. In that capacity, she has secured grant funding from federal and local agencies, foundations and non-profits. She has taught mediation-related courses nationally and internationally and has published over 25 articles and book chapters in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and bioethics. Most recently, she has published the text “Mediation Ethics: Case and Commentaries,” an in-depth treatment of the many hard cases that can arise in mediation practice. Following law school, Professor Waldman clerked for the Honorable Myron Bright of the Eighth Circuit in Fargo, North Dakota and joined a litigation firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in insurance defense. While practicing in Washington, D.C., Professor Waldman received mediation training and subsequently was awarded a scholarship in 1990 to pursue an LL.M. in this area. While pursuing her LL.M. degree, she was a fellow at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mediation Advocacy
2 credits or 24 hours of NV CLE credit
Letter grade
Friday, July 11 – 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12 – 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 – 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Friday, July 18 – 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 – 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 – 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

David M. Doto
Adjunct Professor, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

This course is designed to maximize attorney effectiveness in the mediation setting. Topics will include, among others, mediator styles and selection, mediation preparation, crafting an effective opening statement, the importance of fostering collaboration, harnessing the power of the mediator, using the mediator to manage the flow of information and to influence the bargaining process, working through impasse, overcoming psychological bias and developing a strategic self-awareness of decision-making errors, using the mediator to educate or help deal with an unreasonable or difficult client, when to seek a mediator’s substantive case evaluation and how to use it to your advantage, and the effective use of a mediator even if the case is not initially resolved.

David M. Doto had a distinguished legal career spanning two decades as a civil litigator and business legal consultant representing clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nevada. David is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and a co-founder of the LCA’s American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution. David is currently the Director of the Conflict Transformation Institute of CoralBridge Partners, LLC, a private consulting firm, and is a Judge Pro Tem in Clark County, Nevada. David is an experienced conflict management consultant and trainer, litigation prevention systems designer, conflict coach, group facilitator, and mediator able to employ facilitative, evaluative, and transformative techniques to litigated and non-litigated commercial, business, employment, and serious/catastrophic personal injury matters nation-wide. David is a graduate of Villanova University, and the Villanova University School of Law. In 2012, David earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine School of Law, and he expects to complete his LL.M. from the same institution in 2014.