McGeorge School of Law

Mediation Training Attracts Professionals

November 16, 2011

Professors Gregory Weber and Michael Colatrella

Professor Gregory Weber explains the finer points of mediation as Professor Michael Colatrella looks on.

McGeorge's second annual Executive Mediation Training program attracted a variety of attorneys, business executives, and administrative law judges to campus this fall.

Professors Michael Colatrella, Maureen Watkins and Gregory Weber conducted a series of intensive, interactive seminars over the weekends of Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16, 2011, offering a step-by-step approach to helping parties to manage and resolve differences in legal and organizational settings.

"We received rave reviews again this year from the participants," said Colatrella. "Mediation is a much more cost-effective way to settle legal disputes and avoid litigation, and the techniques we employ are very useful to those seeking a marketable set of skills increasingly valued by clients and organizations."

"The workshop provided information that was instantly useful in any business, association or organization," said Michael Heenan of Heenan Communications. "The professors did an outstanding job of making the information compelling and easy to digest. It was a fast-paced environment that got all the participants involved and was never boring."

The program, which is approved for 40 hours of MCLE credit, is expected to be offered again next year. The same three McGeorge professors will be conducting a one-day session on negotiation training on Feb. 11, 2012, and a weekend program on advanced negotiation on April 27-29, 2012.