Mediation Clinic

What We Do

Students in the Mediation Clinic get real world experience in assisting parties to reach resolution, if possible, in a wide variety of disputes. The civil cases in which students serve as third party facilitators include disputed matters as diverse as:

  • landlord-tenant
  • contract
  • employment
  • consumer disputes
  • school truancy

Why We Selected This Clinic

Through this clinical experience students are able to develop and refine a variety of interpersonal skills that are important to effective problem solving and practical lawyering. As they learn by doing, students also explore the rapidly developing field of alternative dispute resolution and contemporary law practice with its emphasis on settlement.

While most law school clinical experiences have students perform the role of advocate or representative, in this setting students act as neutral third-parties. In their role as mediators, students help disputants to reach a resolution to the conflict that the parties themselves design. The student-mediator assists the parties in that process by conducting a facilitated negotiation.

 Who’s Involved

Debra Berman

Debra Berman
Director, Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution

Organizations / Partners

  • Justice of the Peace Courts in Harris and surrounding counties
  • Houston Better Business Bureau
  • Houston Independent School District in conjunction with the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center
  • Regional Houston office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution