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244.8 sec. 001 - Mediation (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Shirish Gupta  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 111
From January 10, 2023
To April 18, 2023

Course Start: January 10, 2023
Course End: April 18, 2023
Class Number: 32811

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

Professional mediator Shirish Gupta will help you explore mediation, its value, usage, limitations and varieties, as well as how to best represent clients in mediation. Although negotiation is not a prerequisite, familiarity with negotiation prior to taking this class will be helpful. We’ll negotiate or mediate in nearly every class, with different partners using real-world business-oriented scenarios.

What You’ll Learn:
● Negotiation theory & terminology
● Distributive & integrative bargaining
● Information gathering and giving
● Identifying weaknesses in partner’s strategy/tactics/positions
● Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system
● Using time and scarcity to your advantage
● Preparing a mediation statement
● Preparing your client for mediation
● Effectively using a mediator
● Effectively using mediation confidentiality
● Documenting a mediated settlement
● Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession

Professor Gupta is an award-winning neutral known for his legal acumen and economic prowess, which makes him particularly adept at diving into complex financial/technical disputes, including IP, securities and accounting, and class actions. He is sought out by Silicon Valley startups, as well as Fortune 500 companies. In 2014, The Recorder conducted an extensive survey of Bay Area attorneys and named Shirish the Best Independent Mediator.

Professor Gupta has been teaching Negotiation and/or Mediation since 2015 and has taught at UC Berkeley Law, UC Hastings and Santa Clara Law. At the 2020 Northern California ADR Faculty Conference, Professor Gupta was recognized for his teaching and mentoring of other ADR instructors.

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.

Having taken Negotiations is recommended but not required.

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
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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