• Summer Institute


    Expand your credentials with DRI Summer Institute courses

    Summer is a great time to expand your skills and experience, and perhaps even add a certificate to your resume as you prepare yourself for professional advancement. DRI Summer Institute courses are available to degree and non-degree seeking students with their future in mind. In these courses, you are among a broad cross-section of law and graduate students, practicing lawyers, human resources and business personnel, and other professionals, which mirrors the contemporary, multidisciplinary workplace.

    Summer Institute courses are taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty actively involved in ADR practice, research, publication, and teaching. This rich diversity of professors gives you the best possible experience and education, while enriching and complementing the efforts and expertise of our own dedicated faculty.

    US-NewsHamline's Dispute Resolution Institute has been ranked 3rd in the
    nation in dispute resolution by U.S. News and World Report (2015 Edition).


    Certificate in International Business Negotiation

    June 24-July 25, 2014

    Residential Negotiation Course: June 24-30, 2014
    June 24, 25, 26, 29, 4:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
    June 28, 9:00 a.m.-5: p.m.

    Online Advanced International Negotiation Course: July 7-25, 2014
    In cooperation with the International Institute for Conflict Engagement and Resolution (IICER), Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute offers students the opportunity to complete a 6-credit integrated in-residence and distance learning program in international business negotiation. Simultaneous residential courses in the fundamentals of international negotiation are taught in St. Paul, MN and Hong Kong, featuring faculty from both institutions. Following the one-week residential portion of the program, students from both continents complete an advanced international negotiation course in a distance format which will engage students in the way that international business negotiations really occur - enabling students to navigate technology, time zones, and language and cultural differences.

    Course Descriptions

    Trial Advocacy

    May 27-June 2, 2014

    May 27, 28, 29, 30, (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
    May 31, (8:00 a.m.-Noon)
    June 1-2 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

    3 law school credits. Qualifies for 35 CLE credits; not eligible for MN Rule 114 continuing education credits.

    This course provides training in trial advocacy skills for each stage of trial. Areas covered include ethics, psychology of persuasion, opening statement, direct examination, exhibits, objections, cross examination, and closing argument. The teaching methods will include lecture, demonstration, discussion, simulation, instructor critique, and video critique. The final exam will be a trial.


    Faculty: James Morrow, Senior Fellow, Hamline University School of Law; Senior District Judge

    Theories of Conflict

    June 2-7, 2014

    June 2, 3, 4, 5, (4:30-9:15 p.m.)
    June 7 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

    2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits applied for

    This interdisciplinary course introduces students to important theoretical perspectives on our understanding of conflict and conflict response. Specifically, students explore the biological/physiological, psychodynamic, social psychological, communication, and sociological/political perspectives on conflict by reading and discussing major theoretical works within each perspective. Emphasis is on comparing and distinguishing key dimensions of these theories, such as the nature and sources of conflict, conflict escalation, conflict response, and the nature of the third party role. Classes follow an interactive format. Using case studies, exercises, and group discussion to draw upon personal experiences, including those involving race and social identity, the course explores the usefulness of each perspective to understand the experience of conflict.

    Faculty: Ken FoxProfessor, Hamline University School of Business; Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute, Hamline University School of Law


    June 9-14, 2014

    June 9, 10, 11, 12 (4:30-9:15 p.m.)
    June 14 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

    2 law school credits; Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits applied for.

    This course examines the skills, constraints, and dynamics of the negotiation process. A theoretical framework for understanding negotiation practice in a variety of contexts will be developed through readings, highly interactive exercises, and role-plays. The course addresses fundamental skills such as systematic preparation, management of the negotiation process, and identification of optimal agreements. Ethical constraints of negotiation also are considered. Course content is drawn from the fields of law, psychology, business and communication.

    Faculty: Giuseppe De Palo, International Professor of ADR Law and Practice, Hamline University School of Law, Co-Founder, ADR Center, Italy.

    Dispute Systems Design

    June 16-21, 2014

    June 16, 17, 18, 19, (4:30-9:15 p.m.)
    June 21, (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

    2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits applied for

    Dispute systems design integrates conflict resolution principles with organizational development practices. Organizations ranging from private multinational corporations to public education agencies and non-profits have tailored dispute systems to address conflict internally and externally. Through constructive approaches to conflict anticipation, management, and resolution, these organizations have realized the benefits of ADR to include higher morale, lower turnover, and less frequent litigation. This course examines the historical evolution of dispute systems design and offers a step-by-step application of best practices in assessment, system design, implementation, and evaluation. Course exercises and readings emphasize stakeholder involvement, organizational culture audits, appropriate dispute resolution processes, and strategic program implementation.

    Faculty: Timothy Hedeen, Professor of Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University

    Addressing Conflict in Complex Healthcare Organizations

    June 23-28, 2014

    June 23, 24, 25, 26, (4:30-9:15 p.m.)
    June 28, (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) 2 law school credits.

    2 law school credit. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits applied for.

    The delivery of health services in the United States has become increasingly complex. Medical technology is developing more rapidly than it can be mastered; demand for services is increasing as the population ages; workforce shortages are beginning to impact access to care; ethical debates occur daily; and there is an expanding demand for improved quality and safety among patients, payers, and regulators. Improved access to healthcare information for consumers, direct marketing of pharmaceuticals, and changes triggered by the Affordable Care Act are functionally shifting traditional relationships between health service providers and those who seek their help. In the midst of all this change, conflict has become a routine component of healthcare delivery.

    The course will include a look at conflict in the context of the delivery of health services in complex healthcare systems with an emphasis on disputes among care providers, administrators, patients and their families. The course will also look at conflict in the context of changes in healthcare delivery associated with the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for those with conflict expertise to facilitate conflicts associated with major changes in the provision of health services in the United States.

    Faculty: Debra Gerardi President and Chief Creative officer, Emerging Healthcare Communities

    Bridging Chasms: The Power and Practice of Dialogue

    June 28-29, 2014

    June 28-29, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    1 law school credit. Qualifies for 12 CLE credits; 12 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits applied for.

    Constructive conversations about divisive issues are often in short supply in the US today, especially where the issues touch on differences of identity, values, religion and fundamental worldviews. Patterns of dysfunctional discourse have corroded relationships in families, organizations and society at large, preventing people from living and working together in the most beneficial ways. This class will explore the theory and practice of Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD), an approach to deep identity differences with roots in family therapy, communications theory and interpersonal neurobiology. Created in 1989 by the Public Conversations Project, RSD provides the means for opponents to shift their communication practices and change their relationships while retaining their passionate perspectives. It has been refined in conflicts over abortion, sexual orientation, gender, social class, religion and race as they present in organizations and in society at large in the US, Nigeria, Liberia, Burundi, Mexico, The Philippines and many other countries.

    We will examine the theory roots of dialogue in general and RSD in particular. Students will learn the fundamental components of dialogue practice through study and in-class experience. Learning modalities will also include lectures, readings, case studies and video clips. Special emphasis will be given to achieving clarity of purpose, preparing participants in advance, and using structure and agreements to prevent in-meeting problems and enable people to speak and listen in fresh and constructive ways.

    Faculty: Robert Stains Senior Vice President for Training, Public Conversations Project

    Mediation Clinic

    June 30-August 7, 2014

    Mondays, June 30-August 7, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    3 law school credits

    The Mediation Clinic is a six-week, intensive introduction to the practice of mediation. Students will advance from observation to participation as co-mediators, and ultimately as independent mediators, with the supervision of Hamline law faculty. In addition, students will be asked to consider critically the mediation process from the standpoint of an advocate/representative of a client in order to become an effective problem-solving lawyer.

    Prerequisite or concurrent: Mediation or Family Mediation

    Faculty: Sharon Press, Professor and Director, Dispute Resolution Institute and Lynn LeMoine, 2011 Hamline Law Alum


    July 7-14, 2014

    July 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, (4:30-9:30 p.m.)
    July 12, (8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

    3 law school credits. Qualifies for 35 CLE credits. This course satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standards for civil facilitative/hybrid neutrals.

    Through discussion, simulations, and roleplay, this course focuses on the structure and goals of the mediation process and on the skills and techniques mediators use to aid parties in overcoming barriers to dispute resolution. The course also examines the underlying negotiation orientations and strategies that mediators may confront and employ; the roles of attorneys and clients; dealing with difficult people and power imbalances; cultural, race, and social identity considerations; and ethical issues for lawyers and mediators. In addition, special attention is devoted to the art of successful representation of clients in mediation.

    Faculty: James Coben, Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law and Lela Love, Professor of Law, Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution and the Cardozo Mediation Clinic, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

    Family Mediation

    July 9-14, 2014

    July 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, (8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.)

    3 law school credits; Qualifies for 40 CLE credits. This course satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standards for family law facilitative neutrals.

    This is a challenging, high-energy course in basic divorce mediation skills and practice development. Along with the basic content areas of divorce settlement — property division, parenting, child and spousal support, divorce tax issues — the course also addresses the role of consultants and lawyers, conflict theory, psychological issues, power balancing, domestic abuse, drafting agreements, and mediation ethics. Although designed with the law student and family lawyer in mind, the course also is an ideal training and specialization opportunity for therapists and other social service professionals. This course emphasizes experiential learning with the opportunity for individual feedback from experienced coaches.

    Faculty: Aimee Gourlay Director, Mediation Center, Hamline University School of Law

    Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution

    July 17-23, 2014

    July 17, 21, 22, 23, (4:30 p.m.- 9:15 p.m.)
    July 19, (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)2 law school credits.

    2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits, 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits applied for.

    This course examines how obvious and no-so-obvious cultural difference impacts resolution of inter-personal and inter-state (international) disputes. Specifically, the course will bring an international perspective to understanding the impact of culture in the most commonly used international and domestic dispute resolution processes (negotiation, mediation and arbitration). It will follow a three-step approach to know and understand the influence of culture on decision-making, including: awareness and knowledge of one's own culture; knowledge and understanding of another party's culture; and knowledge and impact of either on the desired goal/outcome of the dispute. This course will help students be more culturally aware and better equipped for effective participation in dispute resolution processes that increasingly involve different languages, customs, values, nationalities, and states of origin.

    Faculty: Sukhsimranjit Singh, Associate Director, Center for Dispute Resolution; Director, LL.M. in Dispute Resolution, Willamette College of Law


    July 26-31, 2014

    July 26, (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
    July 28, 29, 30, 31, (4:30-9:15 p.m.)

    2 law school credits; Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standard for civil adjudicative/evaluative neutrals.

    This foundation course covers the salient points of U.S. arbitration law as it relates to domestic and international matters. The course curriculum begins with an introduction to the basic legal concepts that make up arbitration law and to the institutions that are central to arbitration practice. Consideration of the Federal Arbitration Act follows, along with a systematic treatment of the role of contract in arbitration and the function of subject matter inarbitrability. Problems relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards, the role of the arbitrator (focusing on the arbitrator’s functions, duties, and responsibilities), and other practice issues are examined. The basic facets of international commercial arbitration also are introduced. Through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and simulations, this interactive curriculum is designed to foster effective use of contemporary arbitral processes.

    Faculty: Allen Blair, Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law

    Restorative Justice

    August 2-7, 2014

    August 2, (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
    August 4, 5, 6, 7, (4:30-9:15 p.m.)

    2 law school credits; Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits applied for.

    Restorative Justice offers a refreshingly different framework for thinking about crime and other wrongdoing. It moves beyond the confines of traditional justice systems to embrace social justice principles. Restorative Justice acknowledges the damaged relationships, as well as the injuries sustained by victims, that result from any wrongdoing and focuses on healing for all those involved. This course offers students an opportunity to study the four leading Restorative Justice practices: (1) Victim-Offender Dialogue (formerly called Victim-Offender Mediation; (2) Group Conferencing (sometimes called Family Group Conferencing); (3) Talking Circles (sometimes called Peacemaking Circles); and (4) Truth Commissions. The course will examine the principles underlying these practices and explore the possibilities they offer to move beyond the limits of a retributive sense of justice toward embracing the importance of social healing in the community including the potential they have to encourage reform of judicial systems, and to address the individual and collective pain associated with profound ethnic conflict. Through case study and dialogue exercises students will be invited to draw on their own experience of conflict as they explore the dynamics of different kinds of conflict. The class will be highly experiential in nature with the talking circle serving as a core modality for class discussion.

    Faculty: Howard Vogel, Emeritus Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law

    Course Requirements

    Students must attend all class sessions and complete an advance reading assignment. Degree-seeking students must submit a written paper or complete an exam, except for the Trial Advocacy course for which the final graded exercise is a simulated trial. Students may take one or more courses. With the exception of Trial Advocacy, no course requires a prerequisite. Hamline Law students may take either the Mediation or Family Mediation course but may not take both for academic credit. Enrollment is limited to enhance the interactive nature of each course.

    Course Materials

    All courses require completion of a reading assignment prior to the first class meeting. Syllabi for all courses will be made available the first week of May and will include a list of the text/course materials which students will need to purchase for each course. The advance reading assignment will be provided prior to the start of each course.


    Law/Graduate/Hamline Law Certificate Students: Degree-seeking students currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school should complete Part A of the application form and return it with a letter from their school's registrar reflecting the applicant's status as a student in good standing with permission to take the Hamline course(s) as a visiting student. Note: Hamline Law students and certificate students do not need a letter of good standing from the registrar.

    Attorneys: Attorneys may apply for summer courses by completing Part B of the application form. Attorneys will be granted special student status. CLE and MN Rule 114 credits will be granted upon completion of each course.

    Others: Other professionals may apply to take summer courses by completing Part C of the application form. To be considered, applicants must furnish a transcript indicating completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.


    Tuition for degree-seeking students is $1,260 per credit. This includes students seeking credit for a graduate degree or those seeking credits to complete the Hamline Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution.

    Tuition for audit students is $630 per credit with the exception of the Mediation and Family Mediation courses which are offered at a flat fee of $1,100.

    A $150 per course, non-refundable tuition deposit must accompany all applications. The tuition deposit will be deducted from the total tuition amount. This deposit will only be returned if the applicant is not accepted into the course. The balance of the tuition is due one week prior to the beginning class session for each course after which no refund will be made. Any request to drop a course must be made in writing.

    Applications are accepted on a first-come/first-registered basis. Students will receive confirmation of enrollment via email. Hamline University School of Law reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirement


    On-campus short term summer housing is available for Law Students. Learn more from the Office of Residential Life.

    Learn more about additional short-term housing options including special area hotel rates and Guest House accommodations.

    Hamline University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

    2014 Summer Application