Boston Law Collaborative created the BLC Institute in January 2016 to provide training, education, and coaching in all aspects of dispute resolution.

Our programs include:

  • mediation skills – basic and advanced
  • mediation advocacy for lawyers
  • conflict management in the workplace and in public institutions

We offer these trainings – designed to fit the needs of clients – in a variety of formats, such as workshops, seminars, and presentations.

The BLC Institute also organizes lectures, panels, and discussion groups on various topics related to dispute resolution, and distributes written educational materials.

In addition to training and education, the Institute is also engaged in community outreach efforts including the Dorchester-Roxbury Community Mediation Initiative. This initiative grew out of a shared interest among Greater Boston dispute resolution professionals and members of the Roxbury and Dorchester communities in reviving community mediation as a resource for Dorchester and Roxbury. Comprised of individuals from area community mediation centers, academic institutions offering mediation training, and interested community members, our working group has been meeting with individuals and organizations in Dorchester and Roxbury to learn more about existing mediation training and services, and what other services might be of interest.

To view a list of BLCI’s upcoming programs, please click here, or visit our Calendar of Programs page.

Mediation Skills Training for Clergy and Lay Leaders

Mediation skills can help you more productively engage with Clergy-board negotiations, intra-communal disputes between congregational members, ritual differences among and between denominations, and theological differences that arise on local interfaith clergy committees.

This one-day interactive training will provide religious leaders with an overview of the mediation process. A portion of the program will be devoted to providing participants with the opportunity to practice these skills in simulations involving faith-based conflicts and coached by experienced practitioners. To view a pdf flyer for this workshop, click here.

David Hoffman, Rabbi David Jaffe, Audrey Lee, Parisa Parsa, Tom Porter, Rabbi Or Rose, Jeff Seul and Bob Stains.

Bob Stains and Associates, Conflict Transformation
Boston University School of Theology
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Essential Partners (formerly Public Conversations Project)
The Kirva Institute
The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Hebrew College
The Pluralism Project, Harvard University

Registration:  $100
Seminarian/Student Rate: $50
Group Rate (≥3 ppl): $75/person

*Please contact us to discuss financial assistance.

Implicit Bias Workshop: Proven Strategies for Raising Awareness and Counteracting Bias

Are you curious to learn more about implicit bias, but perhaps reluctant to raise the topic with friends or colleagues? Could your workplace or community benefit from heighted awareness of the ways implicit bias affects our relationships and decision-making? This one-day interactive workshop will help participants have a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and specific strategies to manage them.

In the morning, the facilitators will lead interactive presentations and exercises to raise awareness about where biases come from—essentially, a form of mental shortcut that we all engage in – as well as discussion of stereotypes each of us has encountered in the way we are viewed by others.

In the afternoon, the workshop will focus on strategies for counteracting bias, with small-group discussions of each strategy and how they might be implemented in the workplace.

Workshop Faculty:  BLC Founder David Hoffman, BLC Senior Mediator & Institute Executive Director Audrey Lee & BLC Affiliate Matt Thompson

To learn more about the program and faculty, click here.

*Co-sponsored by Boston Law Collaborative Institute and YW Boston. Please contact us with questions re: financial assistance.


BLC Institute Board of Directors

David Hoffman, President
Karen Richards, Treasurer
Audrey Lee, Clerk
Don Greenstein, Director
James Grumbach, Director

Executive Director

Audrey Lee

Program Administrator

Jenna Goodman