Continuing Legal Education

40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

January 13, 2014 to January 17, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. each day
40.00 MCLE hours, including 40.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, 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” and “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide.” [The “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide 2nd Edition” 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



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


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.        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.)

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval