Continuing Legal Education

40 Hour Mediation / Arbitration Training

February 18, 2013 to February 22, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. each day
40.00 MCLE hours, including 40.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center
13653 Lodge Blvd.
(map and directions)

Masters Series

Mediation is designed to resolve differences both in and out of the courts. It requires a very different mindset than courtroom litigation. This Master Series program trains practitioners to resolve conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-confrontational manner, allowing peaceful resolutions between parties.

The program is taught by Richard Calkins and Fred Lane—two nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators. Until 20 years ago, both Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane were well-known and highly regarded litigators. Since then, however, they have successfully mediated over 5,000 cases.

Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane have developed an approach that encourages the mediator to be a peacemaker, deemphasizing the antagonism involved in formal litigation. Their five-day course has considerable hands-on training and requires each participant to complete two full mediations as a mediator. Course topics include an introduction to mediation, caucus form of mediation, qualities of a peacemaker, ethical considerations, other Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, advanced mediator techniques, and arbitration.

Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane are co-authors of the “Mediation Practice Guide” (published by the ISBA) and “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide” (published by Wolters Kluwer/Aspen). [The “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide” is included with the purchase of this program.] They are co-founders of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, which was established in 2001. The academy offers courses in mediation methods and techniques, and also conducts national and international mediation competitions for students in undergraduate school and law school. For more information about the academy, visit

This course is now a Cook County Court-Approved Mediation Training Program to become a Law Division and/or Chancery Division Court-Annexed Mediator*


Richard M. Calkins, Calkins Mediation Services and Training, Former Dean of Drake Law School, West Des Moines, IA
Fred Lane, Lane & Lane, Past President of ISBA, Chicago


Past Attendee Comments:
The best CLE I have ever attended! The instructors are fantastic!   David Magee, Spring 2012

Quite simply the best combination of hard work, good experience, and great fun I’ve had in 20 years.  David Applegate, Spring 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed the training. I had no experience with the mediation process and I left the training with the confidence of being able to serve as a mediator.  Nolan Lipsky, Fall 2011

The book for this course is excellent and it was a privilege to learn from the authors. The practical experiences gained are probably the most valuable than anything I’ve gotten from a CLE before.  Attendee, Fall 2010


(Each day includes two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon)

Monday, February 18, 2012
8:30 a.m. – Noon       Introduction to Mediation
Noon – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 5:45 p.m.       Caucus Form of Mediation

Tuesday, February 19, 2012
8:30 a.m. – Noon       Caucus Form of Mediation (Cont.)
Noon – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 5:45 p.m.       Ethical Considerations

Wednesday, February 20, 2012
8:30 a.m. – Noon       Other ADR Mechanisms
Noon – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 5:45 p.m.       First complete mediation (each participant will mediate)

Thursday, February 21, 2012
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.         Self Critique
9:30 a.m. – Noon       Caucus Form of Mediation (Cont.)
Noon – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 5:45 p.m.      ClosingTechniques

Friday, February 22, 2012
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.       Arbitration
10:00 a.m. – Noon     Conference Mediation
Noon – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 5:45 p.m.       Final mediation (each participant will mediate)


(This course may or may not satisfy the requirements to be a family law mediator in your circuit. Please check your local rules.)

*Upon completion of the course, you may visit for application details to be certified in the Law Division and/or the Chancery Division of the Cook County court.