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.


Seeking Higher Ground: Religion and Conflict Transformation
March 28, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

In these highly polarized times, how do we make our Religious Communities places where people can:

  • Share their stories and have simple, honest conversations about things that matter
  • Find Higher Ground even when common ground is not achievable in the short run
  • Create communities that respect the dignity of differences
  • Focus on Relational and Communal Healing

This one-day, interactive conference will explore the vision of our religious communities as places for higher ground.  Hands-on workshops will offer specific skills and practices from the world of conflict transformation to assist communities and leaders in working towards this vision.

A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Kosher and Halal dietary laws will be observed. To view a pdf flyer for this workshop, click here.

Keynote: “STEPS TOWARD HEALING RELIGIOUS CONFLICT: ACHIEVING COMMON VISION BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES” – Rabbi Marc Gopin, PhD.,  James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Conference Faculty: David A. Hoffman, Celine Ibrahim, Rabbi David Jaffe, Salma Kazmi, Audrey J. Lee, Thomas Porter, Or Rose, Robert Stains, Chuck Walker

Sponsoring Organizations:
Bob Stains Consulting and Training
Boston Law Collaborative Institute
Boston Theological Institute
Boston University School of Theology
Essential Partners
Hebrew College

Mediation Intake 101 – Everything You Always Wanted to Ask
April 25, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Bring your mediation intake and screening questions to this brown bag program! Karen Richards, BLC’s long-time ADR Case Manager and Paralegal, will share her experiences vetting mediation cases for BLC. Topics include intake protocols, basic dos and don’ts, and managing strong emotions. Karen and BLC Institute Executive Director Audrey Lee will conduct a fishbowl demo of challenging intake moments and take questions from the group. Terrific for anyone interested in starting their own mediation practice.

End of Life Conversations
May 4, 2017 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Have you mediated a case involving end of life (EOL) issues? Interested in learning strategies to broach the subject with loved ones/prospective parties? Join BLC Affiliate Don Greenstein for an interactive brown bag program on all aspects of EOL mediations. Designed for conflict coaches, mediators and facilitators, this session will include EOL issues many prefer not to entertain until they are mandated by an emergency situation, as well as ways in which an outside facilitator/mediator/coach may add value to the process. Bring your questions, concerns and life experiences to the discussion.

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