Summer Institute in Dispute Resolution 2016

Summer Institute in Dispute Resolution 2015The 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, taught by experts in the field, offer either law school academic credits or Nevada CLE credits. This year’s offerings focus on the following:


  • Settling Legal Disputes - Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy  

    2 law school credits or 26 NV CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit
    Letter grade
    Dates: June 7-11; Tues-Fri: 12p.- 6p.; Sat: 10a - 3p.

    Harold Abramson Professor of Law, Touro Law Center, New York

    This course covers how to settle legal disputes in negotiations and mediations-where most legal disputes are resolved. Students will learn how attorneys need to depart from their advocacy practices in the courtroom and employ distinctive practices suitable for the settlement room. This course examines the theoretical foundations for effective representation as well as gives students the opportunity to develop and practice the relevant skills. Students will first fashion appropriate negotiation approaches. Then students will examine how to enlist assistance from mediators and develop and implement tailor-made mediation representation plans. The course gives special attention to the choices students should weigh when representing clients throughout the negotiation and mediation processes. This course is based on the professor’s award winning and widely used book, Mediation Representation-Advocating as a Problem Solver (3d ed. 2013).

  • Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution  

    2 law school credits or 24 NV CLE credits
    Letter grade
    Dates: June 20-24
    Times: 9a - 12p and 1:30 - 3:30p

    Rishi Batra, Assistant Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law; Director of the Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession

    In the intellectual property arena, alternative methods of dispute resolution are increasingly used to solve both international and domestic disputes. This course covers the application of the different ways that arbitration, mediation, and negotiation are used to create intellectual property deals and resolve intellectual property disputes both domestically and abroad. This course uses a combination of video, online and printed documentation, and interactive negotiation roleplays to give students a background in Intellectual Property dispute resolution and to prepare students for the type of dispute resolution they will see in their IP practice.

  • Mediation Essentials  

    2 law school credits or 33 NV CLE credits, including 3 ethics credits
    Letter grade
    Dates: August 18-20 and 22-23
    Times: 8:30a - 4:30p

    David Doto, Esq., LL.M. and Selina Shultz, Esq., LL.M.

    Participants will be trained in basic mediation skills and encouraged to begin developing their own mediation styles. As part of their mediation training, participants will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the psychology of conflict and negotiation.


Law or graduate students seeking academic credit:
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Attorneys and other professionals not seeking academic credit:
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The Summer Institute courses are part of the law school's summer course offerings. Boyd students do not need to complete an application as they will be able to register for these courses when summer registration opens in April.

Each course has been approved for NV CLE credit:
Settling Legal Disputes - Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy - 26 NV CLE credits, which includes 1 ethics credit
- Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution - 24 NV CLE credits
- Mediation Essentials - 33 NV CLE credits, which includes 3 ethics 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.