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Advanced Negotiation Training supports Prison of Peace

Prison of Peace is an award winning pro bono project begun in 2009 by Laurel Kaufer and Doug Noll to teach inmates serving life sentences to be peacemakers and mediators as a tool for reducing violence in their prison community. It has been featured in a number of articles, the latest of which is in the California Bar website. The project has expanded to the two largest women’s prisons in California, Central California Women’s Facility and the California Institute for Women, and to its first men’s prison, Valley State Prison. In addition, the project will shortly be expanding into the Los Angeles County Jail system and, in conjunction with the Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law School, into its first Juvenile Detention facility. Kaufer and Noll have funded this project with their own time and money. The expansion of this project requires a strong revenue stream to support their continued work.

Here is a short video of some of the women who have become peacemakers in prison:

Support This Pro Bono Work While Getting Advanced Legal Negotiation Training

In addition to supporting the Prison of Peace project, you will learn about assessing and managing litigation risk, dealing with difficult situations and clients, and optimum ways to communicate offers and counter-offers from a variety of perspectives that include:

  •  Behavioral economics
  • Decision theory
  • Game theory
  • Social psychology
  • Cognitive neuropsychology

You will gain deep insight into how, when, and why cases settle, and what you can do to maximize your results for your clients through legal negotiation.

More importantly, you will be surprised at how quickly you forge consistent, successful settlement outcomes… over and over again.

  • How to do a client intake with a settlement end-game in mind
  • Tactics for managing the mixed-motive problem
  • The 10 essential steps in preparing for mediation
  • How to set your opening offer and response to maximize results (and it’s not the conventional wisdom you’ve been taught)
  • How create concession plans using advanced scenario modeling techniques
  • An introduction to Picture It Settled!™, the game-changing app that you will want to master
  • How to deal with bullies, liars, and cheats without losing your cool

Doug Noll is an internationally recognized commercial mediator, negotiation trainer, and award-winning author. In addition to being AV-rated and recognized as one of the best international commercial mediators in the world, Mr. Noll has been consistently voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2005 and as Lawyer of the Year in 2014 by He and Laurel Kaufer were honored by California Lawyer Magazine as California Attorneys of the Year in 2012 for the Prison of Peace project.

Prison of Peace is an intense 12 week course that teaches inmates deep listening skills, how to run peace circles, and how to mediate the emotionally-charged conflicts that arise daily in the prison community. Those inmates who seek advanced training take a two year course of study from Kaufer and Noll that culminates with their certification as Prison of Peace trainers. Currently, nearly 300 inmates have been trained and there are 15 active inmate trainers.

Support Laurel and Doug in their work and gain advanced negotiation skills training with Negotiation Mastery for the Legal Pro.


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Preparing for mediation takes as much thought and analysis as preparing for trial

Experienced lawyers generally make fewer mistakes in mediation than young lawyers.

Lawyers must zealously advocate a client's interest in mediation.

Preparing a concession plan in advance is unnecessary for experienced negotiators.

Emotions play a large role in every legal negotiation.

Lawyers are good at assessing uncertainty, risk, and trial outcomes.

The strategic mediation advocate starts as high (or low) as possible to make room for concessions.

Bidding against yourself is a mistake.

"Bargaining in bad faith" means the other side's offers or demands are unrealistic.

Most lawyers know how to avoid the effects of decisional error caused by cognitive biases.

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