By Lori Craig
Professor Lisa Klerman, Director of USC Gould’s Mediation Clinic and Advanced Mediation Clinic, has been named Director of the new USC Gould Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.
Professor Lisa Klerman
Klerman, who previously was a full-time mediator with her own private practice, has taught at the law school for eight years and was recently appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Law.
“Lisa brings years of experience as a mediator and educator to her role as Director, and I am delighted that she will lead our ADR Program,” said Dean Robert K. Rasmussen. “USC Gould has produced many of the leaders of the ADR community, and under Lisa’s leadership, we will continue to expand our efforts in this increasingly important field and enrich the student experience.”
Klerman launched the Mediation Clinic in 2007, which gives law students hands-on experience solving problems creatively and efficiently using the dispute resolution skills needed to mediate cases as a third party. Some students continue on to the Advanced Mediation Clinic, where they handle more sophisticated mediations and also train and mentor beginning student mediators.
USC Gould offers several courses in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. In addition, most students are introduced to ADR in their first-year civil procedure course, where they participate in mock mediation sessions.