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William A. Dreier Lectures On Advance Civil Mediation Skills

Posted on November 25th, 2008

William A. Dreier, a member of the Bridgewater law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak on complex mediation at Civil Mediation Training Course on Monday, December 8, 2008, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Training Course is presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and the Justice Garibaldi Alternative Dispute Resolution Inn of Court.

The hands-on clinic is designed for attorneys and other professionals with some mediation experience to take them beyond basic mediation skills and prepare them to handle more complex disputes. It will explore different mediation techniques, how to control the process, discuss ethical pitfalls to avoid and review the standards of conduct for mediators, and teach skills that can be directly applied to more complex disputes and valuable tips for dealing with impasse. Participants will also be able to practice counterintuitive strategies in a series of role plays. The course fulfills the 4-hour mandatory CLE requirement for court-approved mediators. For more information or to register, please visit

Dreier heads the Norris McLaughlin, P.A.worldwide products liability practice, in addition to supervising commercial litigation and mediation & arbitration. He frequently lectures, mediates and arbitrates substantial Chancery and other disputes.

As an arbitrator and mediator, Dreier has been chosen as a member of the New Jersey Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), and the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, its class action and complex case panels and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is also a member of the Marie L. Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and a founding member of The Resolution Group (TRG). He regularly lectures on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

In addition, Dreier is an Emeritus member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal, and the American Law Institute, for which he is an advisor or consultative group member for the various areas of the Restatement (Third) of Torts, and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He is an authority on commercial litigation, having authored the state’s principal text on Chancery Practice as well as earlier texts on Secured Financing.

Dreier has published numerous articles on ADR, products liability and other subjects, in addition to 380 published judicial opinions. His ADR articles include: “Finding the Most Efficient Forum for Resolving Disputes in Today’s Corporate World,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; “Mediate, Arbitrate – Don’t Litigate,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; “Resolve Your Disputes Out of Court,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; and “The Growing Popularity of ADR,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

He frequently lectures throughout New Jersey and nationally on the subject products liability, on which his book, New Jersey Products Liability and Toxic Tort Law (Gann Law Books), is based. He is Planning Chair and Faculty Member of the annual Advanced National Products Liability Course for the ALI-ABA, a lecturer for ICLE’s annual products liability update and Chancery Practice courses, and has been a lecturer in symposia at five national law schools.

Dreier received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1961 and his B.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. Before joining Norris McLaughlin, he was a trial judge in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1973 to 1983, served in the Appellate Division from 1983 to 1994, and was a Presiding Judge from 1994 to 1998.

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