Welcome to the website of Calkins Mediation Services and Training, a firm
dedicated to finding resolution through mediation, arbitration, and other forms
Richard M. Calkins was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm of Burditt
and Calkins and is a former dean of the Drake University Law School. He is
presently a full time mediator/arbitrator and adjunct professor at Drake
University Law School in Des Moines.
It Is As Peacemaker The Lawyer Has His Greatest Opportunity
Please let us assist you if you are seeking mediation/arbitration services,
seeking training to become a mediator or an ADR professional, or are seeking
information on better representing your clients in ADR. This website also
provides information concerning the ADR treatise, Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide.
How To Choose A Mediator
Mediation brings a third-party neutral to the negotiating table to help the
parties find resolution. However, a mediator should also assist counsel to
select the best form of ADR – mediation, arbitration, summary jury trial, focus
study, or mock trial that will serve the client’s needs.
When selecting a mediator the parties need to ascertain not only the training
and skills of the candidates, but their ability to draw on the full spectrum of
ADR mechanisms. Also, consideration should be given to the form of mediation
used by a candidate – trial, conference, or caucus. And the
experience of the candidate and the approach he or she takes – playing devil’s
advocate, being evaluative, being a facilitator, being a peacemaker – should be
Dean Calkins uses caucus and conference mediation and peacemaker techniques
with both. He seeks to find common ground which not only resolves a matter, but
helps the parties find a sense of peace and even healing. He is very familiar
with all forms of ADR and can advise the parties and counsel as to the best ADR
mechanism to resolve their particular dispute.