Dr. Goetz is the Academic Lead for the California State University at Northridge program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (see http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/mediation/index.html). He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1979, and actively mediates litigated cases throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties privately as well as for the Superior Courts. Additionally he serves as a mediator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association and also arbitrates cases for FINRA. Prior to working at CSUN, Dr. Goetz’s professional career included employment as a law school dean, bar exam expert, university president, and entrepreneur. He was the founding dean and president of Concord Law School, the nation’s first fully online nationally accredited law school. Dr. Goetz earned his doctorate in Education, and his unique understanding and application of traditional and modern teaching philosophies have established him as an innovator for career-oriented students who wish to achieve academic and professional advancement. In 2002, Dr. Goetz’s contributions to the field of distance education were recognized by the presentation of the Distance Education and Training Council’s Distinguished Recognition Award.
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Articles and Video:
Serving the Public: The Case for Formally Professionalizing Court-Connected and Litigated-Case Mediation
Recognized professions are occupations that: 1) serve the public, 2) possess common ethical codes, 3) self-regulate, 4) require specialized education, and 5) possess authority. Mediation does not meet this sociological definition, yet mediators oftentimes see themselves as “professionals.” Public accountability needs have steered court mediator panels in the United States to establish some requirements resembling those of formalized professions, and market forces are driving litigated-case mediation, as a sub-set of the entire mediation field, towards professionalization. These factors, and greater efficiency in the use of public resources, suggest that society would benefit from professionalizing litigated-case and court-connected mediation practice.
The Value-Added Attorney (How To Make The Most Of The Court Required Mediation Process)
A recent study of thousands of California litigated cases revealed that many attorneys participate in costly decision error for their clients during mediation; 61% of plaintiffs and 25% of defendants passed on offers in mediation that were better than their adjudicated result.
Courtroom "Intake" Speeches For Civil Harassment And Small Claims
Courtroom speeches encouraging mediation evolve readily from the application of well recognized principles that support the advantages of mediation. Since courtroom time is often limited, this article presents a practical approach to using those principles in developing a five minute presentation that has been utilized in civil harassment and small claims settings.
Civil Harassment Mediation: A Settlement-Friendly Environment
Civil harassment mediation, from an outsider's perspective, seems to be a daunting environment in which to achieve a settlement. Parties have an emotional dispute, are not likely to cooperate with each other, and mediation time is limited. Nevertheless, settlements are achieved by applying well known concepts from basic mediator training.