CLE: The Art and Science of Mediation and Decision Making


Friday, November 9, 2012 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm


BSL Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility

This event is approved for 3 CLE credits.

The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law will host Dan Weitz, Deputy Director, Division of Professional and Court Services and Coordinator, Office of ADR and Court Improvement Programs for a CLE event focused on “The Art and Science of Mediation and Decision Making.” 

Students are welcome and encouraged to attend. 


Attendees may park in any student, staff, or metered parking spaces after 1:00 p.m. on Fridays (this excludes any handicapped or reserved parking spaces). For more information, go to:


2:00-2:45 p.m.   Introduction to Neuroscience and Decision Making
Participants will explore the structure of the brain including the prefrontal cortex and limbic system and how these and other areas of the brain are associated with specific aspects of behavior and decision making. Participants will also explore the difference between Agut feelings and reason. 
2:45-3:15 p.m.   The Science of Mediation and Decision Making
Participants will explore the intersection between neuroscience and the process of mediation and decision making. With lessons from neuroscience, participants will discuss the impact of opening statements, gathering information, the nature of non-verbal communication, and barriers to effective listening.
3:15-3:30 p.m.   Break
3:30-4:15 p.m.   The Science of Mediation (continued)
Participants will continue to explore the intersection between neuroscience and the process of mediation and decision making. Discussion will also focus on framing negotiable issues, separating positions from interests, and specific techniques for generating movement.  
4:15-4:45 p.m.   The Nature of Conflict and Cooperation
Participants will explore the nature of conflict, including the role of mirror neurons, the role of perceptions, and the cognitive costs of expertise. Participants will also explore the differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain as they impact cooperation and problem solving. 
4:45-5:00 p.m.   Questions, Answers, Conclusions
Participants will connect all of the information shared during the presentation and have time for questions and clarification.  


Weitz assists the Director of Court Operations in overseeing the statewide responsibilities of trial court operations, legal information, records management, alternative dispute resolution, parent education, and operational issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. As Coordinator of ADR/CIP, Weitz oversees a statewide program of court-annexed ADR initiatives involving mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, and summary jury trials. He also directs the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program (CDRCP), the federally funded Court Improvement Project (CIP), the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Assistance Program, and the Children's Centers Program. Weitz serves as Co-Counsel to the Board of Governors of the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, Chair of the New York City Bar Association ADR of the NYC Family Court Advisory Council, ADR Subcommittee. He also served as a member of the United Court System's Matrimonial Commission. Weitz has more than nine years of experience as a Court Administrator and more than 18 years of experience in the field of ADR, serving as an Administrator, Professor, Trainer and Practitioner. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Cardozo School of Law, and has taught ADR and conflict resolution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Long Island University. He has served as mediator in a wide range of matters including General Civil, Family, Employment, Human Rights, Community, and Police Conduct cases. Weitz received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he participated in the Mediation Clinic and was a Teaching Assistant in Legal Negotiation. He has worked at JAMS, Clerked for the Mediation Program of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (The Civil Appeals Management Plan), and served as an original member of FutureLinks, Inc., working in South Africa with youth leaders from all backgrounds to conduct workshops in non-violent social change, conflict resolution, and community development. 


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