Boston Law Collaborative’s COVID-19 Policy

BLC’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy is to provide information and reassurance to help protect all of our clients, guests and employees.

To help protect BLC’s community, we have canceled all upcoming trainings, and will be sending updates once they have been rescheduled.

For those visiting our offices, we are taking precautions by washing our hands, offering hand sanitizer, implementing a “no-handshake policy,” are minimizing communal food, and suggest parties and attendees do not exchange business cards. We are also making sure that our meeting space is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use by wiping down the tables and chairs, and using Lysol spray on items.

For those who do not want to or are unable to make it to an in-person meeting, we have the capacity for videoconferencing or telephone sessions; and during this time period, we will be offering free cancellations.

BLC would like to remind everyone:

  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or are experiencing symptoms, please do not go out.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

BLC is continuing to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local officials, and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our clients and employees.

David A. Hoffman – Audio & Video Links

Video Links

On Video – Breach of Warranty – The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
An unscripted, realistic demonstration of the mediation of a commercial legal dispute

On Video – TEDx Talk – 2016

David Hoffman gives a TEDx Talk on Lawyers as Peacemakers at TEDx – Northern Illinois University

On Video – Describing the “Negotiation Within” at the Harvard Law School Bicentennial
David describes the Internal Family Systems model as a tool for managing emotions in mediation and negotiation, as part of a panel discussion, available here (at 30:40 – 42:15)

On Video – Acceptance Speech – 2014 MCLE Scholar-Mentor Award
David Hoffman accepts Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s Scholar-Mentor Award, given to a select group of “outstanding members of the bar who have demonstrated leadership through long-term service to MCLE, excellence in teaching and writing, and creativity in the suggestion of program and publication ideas.” In the acceptance speech, David discusses learning by doing, the power of teachers, and being our authentic selves.

On Video – Excerpt from the Documentary Film “Divorce Corp”:
David Hoffman was interviewed for this film, and discusses mediation and Collaborative Law in this portion of the interview. Click here for this segment, some of which was used in the film.

On Video at YouTube:
On behalf of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, David Hoffman accepted the annual Law Firm Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Annual meeting in 2009. Click here to watch David’s acceptance speech.

“The Uniform Collaborative Law Act – Why the American Bar Association Should Approve It” – click here

On Video at
Concerns: Lack of Professional Diversity and Public Funding 
(2:08) Hoffman emphasizes the need for more racial/ethnic diversity in the field in order to have the widest reach, broadening the movement.  He also talks about the problem of community mediation programs being underfunded.

Background: Family and Religious Influences 
(1:35) Hoffman describes how his family background contributed to his social values and his tendency to be conflict avoidant.

Positive Change Comes from Conflict 
(0:40) Hoffman talks about conflict being good in that it brings about change, political change.

Training Metaphor: Using Tools in Toolbox 
(1:21) Hoffman discusses the metaphor of using mediation techniques as one would tools from a toolbox.  The wider range of tools one has and the more skilled one becomes with these tools, a wider range of people can be served and the mediator can be more successful.

For the full interview with David, click here

Panel Discussion on “Bargaining with the Devil”:
In this video, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow introduces Prof. Robert Mnookin at a Reception honoring his new book “Bargaining with the Devil.” Click on the words “View panel discussion” at the bottom of the page; David Hoffman was one of the speakers, and his portion of the video starts at the 42 minute mark.

On Video at
David’s interview with is titled “Bringing Peace into the Community”. Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

Audio Links

“Bringing Peace Into the Room.” Interview with David Hoffman on the “Talk with Francesca” program (WWZN AM-1510, Boston): Please click here and scroll to the link for “Bringing Peace Into the Room.”


ABA Dispute Resolution Section

Legal Educators Resource Share

YouTube and Other Videos in ADR Teaching

David A. Hoffman

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Mediator and Collaborative Law Attorney, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC

  1. Collaborative Law – simulations:
  1. Mediation – samples


  1. Diversity and Dispute Resolution