The Fowler School of Law Mediation Clinic allows students to develop and practice mediation skills under the supervision of Professor David Dowling and experienced mediators. The Mediation Clinic is comprised of multiple programs that allow students to engage in the practice of mediation and conflict resolution. Students can participate in the Mediation Clinic at the Riverside Superior Court, the Conflict Resolution Program at Juvenile Hall, and/or theRiverside County Restorative Justice Program.
The Mediation Clinic at the Riverside Superior Court is a unique program that allows students to become Certified Mediators and work to mediate real cases with actual litigants. While working with the Mediation Clinic, students have the opportunity to mediate a variety of cases including:
· Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
· Debt Collections
· Unlawful Detainer
· Small Claims Trial De Novo
· Limited Civil
The clinic mediates 700 real cases annually.
The Mediation Clinic helped design and implement the Mandatory Settlement Conferences for debt collection cases along with the workshop to help inform the parties of their option for settlement. Additionally, students have the opportunity to interact with practicing attorneys, judges, and other court officers so they have an understanding of what goes on in court before they graduate from law school. In addition to mediating cases, students are able to observe real cases that either didn't settle in mediation or were not appropriate to be sent out to mediation.