Guided by Professor Shields, a Rule 31 Listed Mediator and Tennessee Supreme Court
Approved Rule 31 Trainer, students in the Mediation Clinic will study mediation from
the inside-out, analyzing in detail the communicative, strategic, and ethical dimensions
of specific interventions that mediators make in the context of particular cases.
The Clinic will primarily focus on the students as the mediators, but the students
will also be asked to consider the issues from other points of view: as the disputant,
as an attorney representing a client in mediation, and in the capacity of advising
an organizational client about dispute resolution options. The Clinic will have four
primary components: (1) the training that is required by Tennessee Supreme Court Rule
31 before one may become listed as a Rule 31 Mediator; (2) ongoing student observation
of mediations conducted by Rule 31 Mediators in General Sessions Court cases, Federal
Court cases, and EEOC administrative proceedings; (3) student participation as co-mediator
with Rule 31 Mediators in Shelby County General Sessions Court cases; and (4) weekly
classroom seminar and case rounds designed to give students further training and feedback
throughout the course of the semester.
Faculty: Stephen Shields, Adjunct Professor of Law