May 24, 2013 – More than 20 law students are benefiting from an opportunity to take part in a 40-hour mediation training this week at the University of Houston Law Center. Since 2009, UH Law Center has offered the training to all law students free of cost except for a small administration fee. Lead by Alternative Dispute Resolution Director Tasha Willis, the course will conclude Sunday.
“Almost all litigation is referred to mediation at some point. As such, most law school graduates even if they never serve as a meditator will represent clients in mediation. So the training prepares them to know how to mediate, to represent clients in mediation, and to know how to most effectively utilize the mediation process, said Willis.
The training consists of lectures followed by simulated mediation sessions. After completing the course, participants are required to conduct a small number of actual mediations to receive the mediation certificate. The program meets the statutory requirements for mediation training under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §154.052 (Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures Act of Texas), as well as the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable Standards for Mediation Training. The course also qualifies participants for court referred cases upon graduation.