October 16, 2019
Professor Waldman is leading the 2019-2020 Mediation Clinic, where she looks forward to helping students hone their communication skills and reflect on how the mediator's tool-kit can be deployed, both in the third party neutral stance , as well as in an advocacy role. Attorneys must be skilled in locating their clients' underlying interests, reframing inflammatory remarks, listening capably for forward movement, and responding to strong emotion with care and empathy. Under Professor Waldman's guidance, students will also be reflecting on court experiences, discussing the transformation of mediation from a social movement to a lucrative profession, and discovering how mediation's institutionalization in the courts has affected current practice.
Professor Waldman has always been interested in education. Prior to law school, she taught at an international school in Israel. Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for a Federal Judge in Fargo, North Dakota before returning to the East Coast to practice in a small, boutique litigation firm in Washington D.C. After working for years on a case with a distinct resemblance to Jaryndyce v. Jaryndyce (Charles Dickens' famous case in Bleak House), Professor Waldman began to ponder whether the litigation process was the most efficient and therapeutic way for a civilized society to approach conflict. It was at that point that she began to seek out educational opportunities in dispute resolution, and she hasn't looked back since. Professor Waldman's professional focus includes ethical considerations (she is the editor of Mediation Ethics) and decision-making in the world of mediation. One piece of advice from Professor Waldman: "Careers aren't always linear. Find what feels meaningful to you and work that into your professional life."