Roy J Baroff
May 29, 2014
I used this book when teaching an ADR Representation Class at Elon School of Law in North Carolina in Fall 2013. The course was focused primarily on mediation and arbitration. I had two sections of 12 students who completed 4 mediation simulations with practicing mediators. Students got to play both attorney and client roles. Overall the book worked quite well. I've been in the dispute resolution field for 30+ years and have been teaching mediation related courses and conducted mediation trainings for many years. I chose this book because it offered many ideas, both the author’s, and those of other practitioners, on how to handle representation. The differing views provided many opportunities to analyze and discuss how to best handle a given situation. And, given that the subject matter is process, I find when teaching, that it’s about helping students learn how to think about the issues as opposed to presenting material that is the "answer" to how to represent folks. Thus, the book was an excellent fit. The student feedback was also positive; although one student felt he could not relate to some of the practitioner ideas and I think this was because of a lack of experience on his part. Finally, I selected this book because I felt that students could also use it in the future as a reference when they get into practice.