Policy Practicum: Court Online Mediation Service Practicum
California is a leader in the ADR domain and significant changes in its policies regarding mediation have the potential to affect mediation law in other state courts as well as the federal court system. In this practicum students will work collaboratively to assist the San Mateo Superior Court develop and implement an online mediation process for the Small Claims and Family Law divisions. Students will work with the instructor, Court staff and Modria Inc. (a mediation software provider that is donating the technological platform we will be using), as well as other relevant stakeholders. The students will transform the off-line mediation process to an online flow (including procedural simplification and adaptation), creating the supporting legal and procedural educational materials for disputants and mediators, and developing an evaluation protocol to measure the success of the program and inform its future improvement. Special Instructions: Enrollment in Thinking Like a Policy Analyst (Law 444) strongly encouraged. Preference given to students who have taken LAW 615 Negotiation, LAW 613 Dispute System Design, LAW 545 ADR Law Policy & Practice, or demonstrate substantial equivalent coursework or experience in ADR, or law and technology. Students have the option to write papers for W or R credit. If the paper involves independent research, then it will be eligible for R credit. The instructor and student must agree whether the student will receive an R or a W. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from the W writing section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments. Students may normally receive no more than four units for a Policy Lab practicum and no more than a total of eight units of Policy Lab practicums and Directed Research projects combined may be counted toward graduation unless additional units for graduation are approved in advanced by the Petitions Committee. A student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and e-mail the Consent Application Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students) to the instructors. See Consent Application Form for submission deadline.