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ABA Section of Family Law

ABA Section of Family Law and Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, proudly offer 40-Hour Family
	Mediation Training November 8-12, 2010, in Boston, MA

NOTE: This program is being rescheduled. Check back soon for more updated information.

Only 30 participants will be able to attend this special 40-Hour Mediation Training program presented by the ABA Section of Family Law and Boston Law Collaborative, LLC.

Read more about the training below; testimonials are from attendees of the 2009 program.

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Accommodations & Transportation | Registration | Contact Information

About the Program

This is the best training I've been to in 22 years of legal practice!

The 40-Hour Family Mediation Training program is designed to provide you with an overview of the mediation process, including the various types of mediation and mediators, as well as strategies and skills you might consider using.

You'll learn how mediation is used to address a variety of family law issues, including divorce, post-divorce modification, asset division, and custody and parenting arrangements.

This training will involve active participation in addition to lectures and multimedia presentations. Participants will be provided with at least five opportunities to role-play as a mediator over the course of the five-day training. Training and role-play coaching will be provided by experienced practitioners and mediators.

  • 40 Hours of Training
  • Role-Playing and Critique: Each participant will have at least 5 opportunities to role-play
  • Materials Notebook: Notebook of resources, articles, forms and template materials will be provided
  • Experienced Faculty
This training is also beneficial for those who do not have a legal background.
If you aren't sure whether or not you should attend, please e-mail Israela Brill-Cass for more information.

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Take a look at what will be covered each day of the program.

This is the best, most comprehensive training seminar I have ever attended. Every trainer and every expert was completely dedicated to what they were doing...I would recommend this training even to people who have been mediators for several years.

    Day One
    • What Is Mediation?
    • Basic Structure of a Divorce Mediation
    • Fishbowl Exercise: First Meeting with Divorcing Couple
    • Role-Play—Mediation Skills

    Day Two
    • Intake and Information Gathering
    • Psychological Impact of Divorce
    • Domestic Violence Screening
    • Parenting Issues in Divorce
    • Caucusing
    • Reframing
    • Fishbowl Exercise: Working with Challenging Personalities
    • Role-Play—Mediating Parenting Issues

    Day Three
    • Property Division: Assets and Liabilities
    • Alimony and Child Support
    • Open-Ended Questions
    • Gender and Diversity Issues
    • Fishbowl Exercise: Who Gets the House?
    • Role-Play—Mediating Property Division Issues

Great experience. Probably the best seminar I've ever attended...The days were long but well worth it.

    Day Four
    • The Agreement to Mediate
    • Legal Issues in Mediation
    • Ethical Dilemmas and Standards of Practice in Mediation
    • Impasse and Tools to Avoid/Break Impasse
    • Mediating the Future: Life Insurance and Estate Planning
    • Bringing Peace into the Room
    • Fishbowl Exercise: Breaking Impasse
    • Role-Play—Mediating an Interim Agreement

    Day Five
    • The Divorce Agreement
    • Basic Structure of a Divorce Mediation
    • Mediation in the Age of Technology
    • Alternatives to Mediation
    • Fishbowl Exercise: Discussions Process Options
    • Role-Play - Mediating the Final Stages of Divorce
    • Where Do You Go from Here?
    • Marketing Your Practice

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You'll be trained by experienced mediators in areas of finance, parenting and agreement drafting. To read faculty biographies, click on a name. (A new browser window will open.)

The instructors were wonderful. They balanced practical tips and theory very well and addressed each topic at the appropriate level of detail.

Trainers include:


Space is limited to 30 participants.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • Early-Bird Fee ABA Family Law Section members (postmarked by July 30, 2010): $1600
  • Standard Fee for ABA Family Law Section members (postmarked after July 30, 2010): $1675
  • Standard Non-ABA Family Law members: $1800

Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, a written request must be received on or before September 7, 2010. No refunds will be issued after that date. Contact Section staff at norrisa@staff.abanet.org.

Please note that the ABA reserves the right to cancel a program for any reason. In the event of such cancellation, ABA will refund any advance registration fees paid.

Accommodations & Transportation

Boston Law Collaborative, LLC Training will take place at Boston Law Collaborative's offices at 99 Summer Street, Suite 1600, Boston, MA. (Venue subject to change.)

Below is a list of hotels that are nearby. (You are responsible for making your own lodging reservations.) To visit a hotel's website, just click on its name.


Boston Logan International Airport (Recommended Airport)

Boston Logan International Airport is accessible via public transportation (the Blue and Silver Lines), multiple taxi-cab and water taxi companies (Metered-rates from Logan to the Boston-area range from approximately $25 to $50), private limousine service (reservations recommended), shared ride vans (AAA Boston Limousine, Boston Logan Super Shuttle, Day & Knight Transportation, Easy Transportation, Kings Shuttle & Limousine, and Star Shuttle), and all major car rental companies.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)


If you have questions about the program, please contact Israela Brill-Cass at 617-439-4700, x203 or via e-mail.

If you have questions about registration or cancellation, please contact ABA Section of Family Law staff at 312-988-5613 or via e-mail at norrisa@staff.abanet.org.

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