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244.83 sec. 001 - Mediation Practicum Seminar (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Darshan Brach  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 111
From January 20, 2022
To February 17, 2022

Course Start: January 20, 2022
Course End: February 17, 2022
Class Number: 32572

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 6
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 6
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

This seminar is offered in conjunction with Law 244.8B Mediation Practicum, which provides students with the opportunity to mediate California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) discrimination cases and to observe mediations at the Alameda Small Claims Court (SCC). The seminar will include orientation to discrimination law under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), preparation for interfacing professionally with mediation parties, review and analysis of student mediation experiences, and learning about processes and procedures for observing SCC cases and mediating at the DFEH. Students will be required to write short analytical memos relating to their experiential learning. Students must have taken the Mediation class (Law 244.8 Mediation) prior to enrolling in the Mediation Seminar and Practicum.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY: Darshan Brach began her legal career in 1988 as an environmental attorney in Connecticut and later in Massachusetts. She left the practice of law and, in 1995, initiated her career as a mediator and mediation trainer. She began teaching Negotiation and Mediation at New England School of Law in 1998. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2005, she has taught Negotiation and Mediation at Stanford Law School, Hastings College of the Law, Santa Clara School of Law and Mills College of Business. Between 2008 and 2014, and again in 2019, Professor Brach has primarily taught as part of the Mediation Clinic at Hastings College of the Law, where she has trained and guided law students in hands on, experiential learning through fieldwork in the San Francisco Superior Court Small Claims Department and in several city, county and state agencies. In addition to her private mediation practice and teaching work, she has conducted numerous trainings in both the public and private sectors, including trainings for the California Public Utilities Commission, the San Francisco Superior Court, for the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Most recently, Professor Brach has mediated as a panelist for the United States District Court, California Northern District. Professor Brach also holds a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Law 244.8 Mediation is a prerequisite. Law 244.83 is a corequisite.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
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