Mediation Classes Offered During Winter Break


Graduate and Undergraduate Courses 

Mediation is the fastest growing means of dispute resolution throughout the United States. It is an accepted means of resolving custody cases in Ohio courts. It is also a lifetime skill being taught to students in schools all over the state of Ohio.

The mediation training that is offered includes two courses. Together, the general (12-hour) and the divorce (40-hour) mediation courses meet the Ohio Supreme Court’s requirement of 52 hours of mediation training for receiving court-referred mediations of custody and visitation issues in Ohio.

 ¨       INSTRUCTOR     Frank J. Motz, JD:  Chief Mediator, Summit County Common Pleas Division Court and Chair, Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution

¨       INSTRUCTOR     Cheryl Hollis, JD: Mediator, Summit County Common Pleas Division Court.

 ¨       TEXTBOOKS:  Available to students at DocuZip – Room 219, 2nd floor of the Student Union

 ¨       COST:  This depends on your status as a student. Tuition, subject to change, is based on your status as a student and differs for undergraduate, graduate and law students.

 ¨       TIME AND PLACE:

 Seminar: General Mediation Training             (12 hours)             1 credit hour   

Class # 14790          Graduate 7400:585:008                            

Classes will meet at The University of Akron, Schrank Hall South, Room 220.

  • Monday December 14,  2009           8:30 AM to 4:00 PM       
  • Wednesday December 16, 2009                                8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Seminar: Divorce Mediation Training              (40 hours)             3 credit hours

Class # 14788          Graduate 7400:585:007

Classes will meet at The University of Akron, Schrank Hall South, Room 220.

  • Monday, January 4th 2010     8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  • Tuesday, January 5th,            8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  •  Wednesday, January 6th       8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  •  Thursday January 7th            8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  •  Friday January 8th                 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  •  Saturday 9th                          8:30 AM to 4:45 PM



The assignments will be sent by e-mail to registered students at their University of Akron    e-mail addresses sometime during the middle of December.                                                                                          

The Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes (which is where the winter intersession courses reside) is available through Zipline.  Look for it in the Graduate School’s Schedule of Classes under the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Department – 7400.


Joint degree students most often are not eligible to have these mediation courses apply toward the number of credits transferred to their JD degree because they will not apply toward their graduate degree [as electives].  If you are a joint degree student interested in taking these courses, check with your graduate advising office for applicability before completing this application and submitting to Law Student Services.

  In order to register, you will need to:

 1. Complete the first page of Graduate Credit Request Form found here , including term, course name, course number and credits.

 2. Submit to Assistant Dean Lauri Thorpe of Law Student Services, School of Law Dean’s Office. It will be reviewed and then placed in your law school mailbox with Dean Thorpe’s decision.

 3. If approved, take the approved form to the Graduate School, Polsky Building, 4th Floor. It may be signed while you wait.

 4. Once the Graduate School has processed this form and created your graduate file in the University’s PeopleSoft system, you should be able to register via Zipline on the web. If the course is controlled, which historically has not been, take fully approved form to The Office of the University Registrar, Simmons Hall Room 120, to register in person.

Author: Liz Sauders

Manager of Compliance and Technology for The University of Akron School of Law