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.


Managing the Tough Issues in Mediation: An Advanced Workshop for Experienced Mediators
March 12-16, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) – Worcester College, Oxford, UK
Workshop Faculty: David Hoffman, Nicola Wallace, Geoff Sharp, Bill Gater

When embattled parties come to the mediator’s table, they are often awash in emotions that make for difficult interactions and impasses. Cultural differences, difficult personalities, psychological blinders, challenging negotation strategies, and other settlement barriers further complicate the task of resolving conflicts.

This advanced mediation tackles the toughest issues that mediators face. Ethical dilemmas, conflicts based on the parties’ values and identities, and intra-party conflicts in multi-party cases will be addressed. Best practices will be studied, and participants will have the opportunity to present their own most challenging cases for discussion.

Each day of the training includes hands-on learning in role play simulations and small-group discussions, as well as mediation demonstrations by the faculty.

Renowned Brick Court mediator Geoff Sharp from New Zealand and experienced mediator Bill Gater from the UK, will add their insights from many years of experience with sophisticated parties and complex cases.

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

Mediation Intake 101 – Everything You Always Wanted to Ask 
Thursday, March 29, 2018 (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM) – Wellesley Office Park, Wellesley, MA
Workshop Faculty: Karen Richards, Audrey Lee 

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 or enhacing their intake capacity. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

*Free parking is available.

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