Conflict Resolution Clinics @ Community Boards
What It Is, Why It Matters & What to Do About It
With Julia Weber, J.D., M.S.W.
March 22, 6:00-8:00pm PDT | Online via Zoom | MCLEs
Domestic violence is a complex issue, raising a number of concerns for mediators and parties. Over the years, there’s been considerable debate as to whether cases involving domestic violence should be mediated and what the role of a neutral is when domestic violence is revealed during the course of a mediation session.
Julia’s dynamic workshop will explore these issues, and include examples of promising practices addressing how mediators can approach these potentially dangerous and all too common situations, reduce risk, increase safety, and facilitate sessions.
Julia’s workshop will also address why domestic violence should matter to mediators no matter what cases professionals are handling; offer some key screening questions and info to provide parties; identify when safety and control planning might be appropriate; and offer examples of what mediators can do to become more aware of how our own biases can impact how we approach these issues. 
From Julia’s workshop, you will understand:
  • The definitions of domestic violence under California law and in the field generally
  • Why domestic violence is a risk for parties and mediators and how to reduce some of those risks
  • How to proceed with mediation with precautions and/or make appropriate referrals as part of safety and control planning with parties.
Julia Weber, J.D., M.S.W.
Julia has worked in the area of family law, unlearning bias, violence prevention, and mediation for over 20 years in California and nationally. As an attorney and social worker, she has mediated family law, parenting, and domestic violence cases; represented children; and worked on policies focused primarily on preventing violence and reducing conflict. Julia’s current position is Implementation Director with Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

From 1999-2017, Julia worked with the Judicial Council where she drafted legislation, forms, and training materials for California's court-connected mediators, staffed projects addressing the intersection of domestic violence and mediation, and trained hundreds of court staff, attorneys, mental health practitioners, mediators, and judges. In addition, Julia teaches Domestic Violence Law at Golden Gate University School of Law. Learn more about Julia on LinkedIn:
This course is approved by the State Bar of California for 2 MCLE credits (provider #9323). $25 processing fee required.
  • Date: March 22, Tuesday
  • Times: 6:00-8:00pm PDT
  • Cost: CB Members, $25 | Public, $45
  • Location: Online via Zoom