Continuing Legal Education

40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

September 16, 2013 to September 20, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. each day
40.00 MCLE hours, including 40.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St, Suite 900
(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

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:
One of the most enjoyable and informatives seminars I have ever attended.  Fred and Dick are the Laurel and Hardy of CLE presenters.  Troy Roberts, Spring 2013

This course is really helpful, not only for mediation but for networking and general legal discussions.  Mark E. Ferguson, Spring 2013

Quite simply the best combination of hard work, good experience, and great fun I’ve had in 20 yearsDavid 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

I had 32 years as a circuit judge, and absorbed every kind of a seminar that the judicial Conference subcommittee on education tossed at judges. [Yours] is the best seminar I have ever attended. I carried away more that is of value than you can ever be thanked for.  David Slocum, Fall


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

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

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)

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.       Closing Techniques

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
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.)