Continuing Legal Education

40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

September 29, 2014 to October 3, 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 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” and “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide.” [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:
This course was amazing. It exceeded my expectations. My experience was minimal and I now have a much better understanding of mediation.

Kelly Hoffman, Spring 2014

Instructors were incredible teachers and examples of how to be the best mediator, attorney, and person you can be. The course is filled with real-life examples, hands on training and plenty of good humor. You will also enjoy the camaradere of a week spent with your fellow attorneys-being peaceful for a change.
Maya Fombelle, Spring 2014

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 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


(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.
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

**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.