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Theory And Techniques for the Advocate and Mediator

Gain the necessary skills about mediation, far beyond the basics

COVID-19 Update

All Professional Development offerings will be happening in a webcast format until further notice. We look forward to seeing you online as we provide insight into current local and national economies, and address topics of interest to the community, region, and state. 

Course Overview

Theory and Techniques for the Advocate and Mediator is an intense two-week virtual program that teaches participants the necessary skills about mediation, far beyond the basics, enabling you to competently act as a mediator or a successful advocate. Participants will engage in instruction, mediation simulations and exercises, providing familiarity with the different settings in which mediation is used regardless of one’s role in the workplace, as a human resource professional or as an attorney. 

Our knowledgeable and skillful facilitators will cover an introduction to mediation and the necessary steps to prepare for mediation. The program will examine what conflict is, the theory and application of conflict resolution, and its role in defining and reconciling interests. The program will provide interactive simulated mediations with coaches overseeing role-play and discussions to better facilitate your understanding of a successful mediation.

This training qualifies as the 40 hours of instruction necessary to qualify as a mediator under the guidelines promulgated by the Kentucky Supreme Court to be placed on the roster of mediators maintained by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Additional requirements such as shadowing for 15 hours, on your own, outside of the training will also need to be completed.

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Rates: $250 - $775

Early Bird* Registration (alumni): $600
Late Registration (alumni): $675
Early Bird* Registration: $700
Late Registration: $775
Student, Faculty & Staff Registration: $250

* Must register by March 1, 2021 to receive the early bird discounted rates



Dates: March 9 - 21, 2021

Course content consists of 30 hours of synchronous (virtual conducted via Zoom) instruction and 10 hours of asynchronous preparation (i.e. reading materials, videos and assessments). Below are the synchronous times of instruction:

  • March 9 | 2PM - 6PM
  • March 11 | 2PM - 6PM
  • March 13 | 9AM - 1PM
  • March 14| 1PM - 4PM
  • March 16 | 2PM - 6PM
  • March 18| 2PM - 6PM
  • March 20 | 9AM - 1PM
  • March 21 | 1PM - 4PM

Course Outline



Headshot of Kathy Carnes
Kathleen Carnes, Esq., Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and Director, NKU Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
Headshot of Amy Halbrook
Amy Halbrook, Esq., Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law, NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Headshot of Michael Hawkins
Michael W. Hawkins, Esq., Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Headshot of Bill Heekin
William (Bill) Heekin, Esq., Arbitrator, Consultant
Headshot of John Gray
John Gray, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 
Headshot of Jim Kruer
Jim Kruer, Esq., Chevalier and Kruer, PSC
Headshot of Cathie Kuhl
Cathie Kuhl, Mediator, Ohio Mediation Association
Headshot of Henry Stephens
Henry L. Stephens, Jr., Professor of Law, NKU Chase College of Law
Headshot of John Lucas
John Lucas, Esq., Mediator and Expert Witness
Headshot of Louis Manchise
Louis Manchise, Founding Member and Mediator, NKU Alternative Dispute Resolution Center and Lecturer, NKU Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business
Headshot of Andrea South
Andrea South, Esq., Ph.D., Associate Professor, NKU College of Informatics Department of Communications

Professional Credits

  • SHRM Credits
  • Ohio CLE Credits (24.5 general & 1.0 ethics)
  • Kentucky CLE Credits (24.5 general & 1.0 ethics)

Sponsored By

NKU | Haile/US Bank College of Business logo

Haile/US Bank College of Business

Chase College of Law



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Kathleen Carnes
Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
(859) 572-7571