Continuing Legal Education

40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

February 13, 2017 to February 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. each day
40.00 MCLE hours, including 40.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

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 “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


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:

Just fantastic! Thank you so much for making this one of the best programs, if not the best, I have ever attended!
Antonio DeBlasio, Spring (February) 2016

Fantastic program! I wish I would have done this sooner! Whether you want to mediate cases or just learn more about the process, this program is worth every penny!
Rowen E. Themer, Spring (March) 2016

Excellent program! Dick and Fred do a great job in not only providing points on how to mediate, but in illustrating the real cases do’s and don’ts in mediation practice. These guys are the best storytellers!

Barbara A. Farrell, Fall 2015

This was a great course and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in mediation.
Amanda D. Howland, Fall 2015

Thank you so much for broadening my future practice as a mediator. I'm ready to shift from courtroom to peace room.
Janaan Hashim, Fall 2014

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


(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.)