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.

Workshop Offerings

boston-law-collaborative-meeting-table-resizeBLC Institute faculty are experienced dispute resolution practitioners, trainers and faculty members at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Negotiation Institute. We have designed and led programs for major corporations, insurance companies, lawyers, law firms, dispute resolvers, health care professionals, human resources managers, mental health professionals, law students, court personnel, and others. We will design a training to fit the needs of your business or organization.

Mediation Advocacy Training – Twenty years ago, lawyers rarely participated in mediations. Today, it is a rare litigation matter in which neither the lawyers nor the court suggests the possibility of mediation. While arbitration skills are similar to those that lawyers employ in court, mediation skills are different and require different training. BLC offers a one-day training that prepares lawyers to succeed in mediation. BLC member David Hoffman, who was a Hill & Barlow litigator for seventeen years, has taught hundreds of lawyers how to make the most of mediation by developing new negotiating tools, addressing the psychological dimensions of conflict, and designing a cost-effective dispute resolution process for each case.

Mediation Training – We design and teach basic and advanced mediation trainings for organizations, companies, governmental agencies, and educational institutions. These programs range in duration from 1-2 hours to a week-long training depending on the needs of the client.

Conflict Management Training – When you combine tight timelines, shrinking resources, and increased demands, it’s a recipe for conflict. This hands-on workshop will explore ways to approach conflicts more productively regardless of the role you may play – colleague, manager, or HR rep. This workshop is led by experienced neutrals from BLC’s ADR Panel.

Negotiation Training – We design and lead trainings ranging from an hour to a day on basic and advanced techniques for negotiating interest-based solutions that are typically better than those produced by competitive, positional bargaining.  (For a primer on successful negotiation techniques, click here.)

“Every civil law litigator should know this area!” – Past Mediation Advocacy Workshop Participant

“The interactive components of the workshop were fabulous, and it was clearly tailored to our needs as transactional attorneys.” – Past Negotiation Workshop Participant

“This workshop should be required for all new lawyers – and probably the more experienced ones as well.” – Past Mediation Advocacy Workshop Participant

“This was the best training that I can remember – excellent mix of informative presentations and stimulating role plays.” – Past Mediation Workshop Participant

“This is the best training I’ve been to in 22 years of legal practice.” – Past Mediation Workshop Participant

Contact BLC Institute Executive Director Audrey Lee to learn more about the Institute’s offerings and how BLCI can tailor a program to meet your group’s unique needs.