Summer Institute in Dispute Resolution 2018

The 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 (pending). This year’s offerings focus on the following:


  • Dispute System Design   (30 CLE credits)

    Dates: June 8-9, June 15-16, June 22-23, and June 29-30 (Fridays 6:00pm - 9:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am - 4:00pm)

    David Doto, Esq., Adjunct Professor, LL.M.

    Dispute system design (DSD) is the applied art and science of designing the means to prevent, manage, learn from, and resolve streams of conflicts. Consider these examples: Senior management asks counsel to propose ways to decrease the large number of discrimination claims employees file. Customers making purchases online internationally seek cost-effective recourse for defective products. Judges ask court staff to propose additional dispute resolution methods and integrate them into court procedure to reduce time cases spend on the docket. Following war, people struggle with how to address a large number of war crimes and prevent future violence. In each example, lawyers and other professionals address a stream of disputes over time; they do DSD. This course will introduce you to DSD in the contexts of courts, administrative agencies, organizational conflict management (labor, employment, contractors, and consumers), environmental collaborative governance, and international applications. Topicsin this broad overview include the spectrum of dispute resolution processes (negotiation, mediation, arbitration); applying the analytic framework for understanding an existing system (goals, stakeholders, context and culture, structures and processes, resources, and accountability); the steps in DSD for improving or creating a system (assessment, engagement, design, ethics), and evaluating a system’s function and effectiveness (access, efficiency, justice).

  • Mediation Essentials   (32 CLE credits, which includes 2 ethics credit)

    Dates: August 20-24 from 8:00am - 5:00pm

    Margaret M. Crowley, Esq., Adjunct Professor

    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.

  • Mediation Representation   (26 CLE credits, which includes 1 ethics credit)

    Dates: June 11-14 (Noon-6:00pm) and June 15 (10:00am - 3:00pm)

    Harold AbramsonProfessor 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).

  • Negotiation   (24 CLE credits, which includes 2 ethics credits)

    Dates: June 1-2, June 8-9, and June 15-16 (Fridays 1:30pm - 6:00pm and Saturdays 11:00am - 3:30pm)

    Eleissa Lavelle, Esq., Adjunct Professor

    This course examines the theory, practice, and skills used by attorneys as effective negotiators, whether in dispute resolution, transactional practice or planning contexts.

Program Application & Cost

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Boyd Students

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.


The cost per course is $1,100 (CLE students only).

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CLE Credit

  • Dispute System Design - 30 CLE credits
  • Mediation Essentials - 32 CLE credits, which includes 2 ethics credit
  • Mediation Representation - 26 CLE credits, which includes 1 ethics credit
  • Negotiation - 24 CLE credits, which includes 2 ethics credits


All courses are held at the William S. Boyd School of Law on the UNLV campus, which is centrally located in Las Vegas. For a campus map, click here


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