Dispute Resolution

Through the College of Law’s Dispute Resolution curriculum and experiential learning opportunities, students develop thoughtful, professional and skillful approaches to managing and resolving client problems and legal disputes. Dispute resolution concepts and skills are basic dimensions of legal education and as such, are a required component of first-year law studies. Further study in this area is available to upper-year students at our college through a number of courses. After first-year, students can build their own complement of advanced courses in Dispute Resolution to become skilled and reflective advisors, mediators and negotiators.

Video: Case-based learning in the College of Law - A look at how Assistant Professor John Kleefeld uses case-based (problem-based) learning in his upper-year negoation class (Law 430).

Excellence in Dispute Resolution

  • Law students Christine McCartney and Natasha Singh earned bronze at the International Negotiation Competition held in Belfast, Ireland on July 3-7, 2012.  
  • Our college was the very first recipient of the national Louise Otis Award for Excellence in Mediation Education – a reflection of both the high calibre and advanced nature of our Dispute Resolution program. 
  • The Mediation Advocacy Moot team has enjoyed a high degree of success at the national and international level.

 

Dispute Resolution Curriculum Information

First year:

Dispute Resolution: Client-Centred Advocacy

This is a mandatory, intensive one-week course. First-year students do not have any other classes during this week, which typically takes place in January each year… more 

Upper years:

LAW 430.3 – Negotiation

This is the core, foundational upper-year course in Dispute Resolution, building on the first-year introduction and providing a good foundation for other specialized electives in mediation and multiparty negotiation. The course addresses negotiation and conflict theory through hands-on simulations, encouraging students to develop problem-solving skills.  

LAW 439.3 – Mediation

Building on the first-year introduction and the fundamental concepts explored in LAW 430-Negotiation, this course provides students with an understanding of how mediation fits into a system that tends otherwise to be rights-based and adversarial. NOTE: LAW 430-Negotiation is essential for this course, and must be taken in advance.

LAW 493.3 – Multiparty Negotiation

This course explores problem-solving in the multiparty and cross-cultural context, often involving complex situations and larger social conflict. Students participate in extensive simulations, as they integrate theory and practice. NOTE: Ideally, LAW 430-Negotiation should be taken in advance of this course, though the two courses can be taken concurrently.

LAW 498.3 (Special Topics) – Conflict Resolution Theory

This course offers advanced theoretical work in the nature of conflict resolution across diverse legal and cultural contexts. While content will vary, typically students are provided with an in-depth study of dispute resolution policy issues, including transactional negotiations, international negotiation, cross-cultural complex multiparty and coalition building, and arbitration and alternative adjudicative processes. NOTE: LAW 430-Negotiation is a prerequisite of this course.

LAW 498.3 (Special Topics) – Mediation Advocacy Moot

More information about this moot can be found on the Mediation Advocacy Moot page of this website. NOTE: LAW 430-Negotiation or equivalent experience is a prerequisite of this course.

 

More detailed information for each of these upper-years courses can be found in the Long Course Descriptions. (LINK)

 

Dispute Resolution Teaching Faculty

Professor John Kleefeld

Professor Michaela Keet

Glen Gardner, Visiting Scholar

Currently the Director of the Dispute Resolution Office, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Glen Gardner has worked with the Dispute Resolution Office as a chief mediator and trainer in the department’s conflict resolution and mediation training programs since 1988. He is the assistant coach of the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Moot team at our college. He currently delivers the negotiation program in Saskatchewan for the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) Bar Admissions Course. He has instructed SIAST’s Conflict Resolution Advanced Certificate Program and has spoken on mediation at events of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s Continuing Legal Education branch, the University of Regina, the Collaborative Lawyers Association of Saskatchewan, and more.

Kathryn J. Ford, QC, Sessional Lecturer

Kathy Ford is a sessional lecturer and coach of the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Moot team at our college. She had previously taught Dispute Resolution for three years at the college, has assisted with judging at the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition (link http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/events_competitions/practical_skills_competitions/nc.html) and has participated in the first-year mandatory Dispute Resolution course. In 1994, she joined a practice that specialized in conflict resolution and her work now is almost entirely in this area, with particular interest in mediation, workplace conflict assessments and workplace harassment investigations. She has practiced law in Saskatoon continuously since her admission to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1977, primarily practicing in the areas of family law, real estate and wills and estates. A graduate in 1974 of Queen’s Law School, she was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1976.

Teresa B. Salamone, Sessional Lecturer

Teresa Salamone is a lawyer and mediator with extensive experience in the areas of facilitation, mediation, and education. She developed the Mediation course for the U of S College of Law, has taught its former Alternative Dispute Resolution course and participates annually in the mandatory first-year law Dispute Resolution course. She has served as a mediator for the Dispute Resolution Office, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, conducting mediation and interest-based conflict resolution training, and large group facilitation and workplace mediations, and has developed an interest-based conflict resolution course as well as the Interest-Based Negotiation Skills portion of the Bar Examination for the Saskatchewan Legal Education Society. She has taken extensive training in the field of mediation and negotiation, primarily through the Conflict Resolution Program at the Justice Institute in Vancouver and the Banff Centre for Management. She is also currently a licensed attorney in the state of Texas practicing primarily in the area of environmental law.

Alma Wiebe, QC, Sessional Lecturer

Alma Wiebe, who graduated from our college in 1978, practiced as a courtroom lawyer, primarily in family law, for 25 years. More recently, she has focused on dispute resolution and administrative law, acting as a labour arbitrator, professional discipline hearing officer, workplace harassment investigator and coroner. She began teaching the Multi-Party Conflict Resolution course at our college in 2008. She was the 2006 President of the Law Society and continues to serve as a Bencher. She has been a member of the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan since 1995, is a member of the Board of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, a past member of the Council of the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has presented at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars and at the Bar Admissions Course. She received the Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc. Outstanding Volunteer Award – North for 2007. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998.

Charmaine Panko, Sessional Lecturer

Charmaine Panko is a collaborative lawyer at Balfour Moss LLP and a trained mediator. She has experience in civil litigation, administrative law, corporate and commercial law, family law, and wills and estates. Charmaine sits on the board of Collaborative Lawyers of Saskatchewan and is the Alternative Dispute Resolution chair for the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Charmaine is a graduate of our college, and a past editor for the Saskatchewan Law Review.