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Exploring the new standard of diligent settlement advocacy facing today’s litigators

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hosted by the Texas Wesleyan Law Review

Mediators must be trained. Arbitrators must be trained. Trial lawyers must be trained.

Who trains settlement advocates? 

In the world of litigation today most cases are settled out of court. Every attorney who negotiates a settlement or represents a client in mediation, arbitration, or any settlement process, needs specialized training in order to be effective. Clients expect and deserve expertise in all phases of legal representation. Traditionally, no continuing education courses or law school courses have taught these skills. Until recently, even trial advocacy skills were not taught in law school

The purpose of this symposium is to examine the new standard for diligent settlement advocacy.

This one day program, and the accompanying articles, will cover some of the most important skills lawyers need to be persuasive in negotiation, collaborative law, mediation, arbitration, mini-trial or with a special master. The ethical issues that often arise in these settings will be a particular focus of the program. To be truly persuasive, some knowledge of cognitive science is helpful. In this one day you will receive information about problem solving courts, training on five different types of settlement advocacy, techniques for addressing ethical dilemmas and a better understanding of the barriers to resolution imposed by the mind.

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Symposium Location:  
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law  (
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102 

8.5 hours of CLE credit, including 2 hours of Ethics, will be available to symposium attendees.

Questions and requests for further information can be directed to Zach Burt, Symposium Editor, Texas Wesleyan Law Review, through email at or by phone at 817-212-3897.

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