WJC recently finished the last of two sessions of ABCs of Conflict, one from June 20-24 and the other July 11-15. Over 25 dedicated educators participated in each 30-hour training, learning conflict resolution skills, practicing mediation, engaging in bullying prevention/intervention strategies, and participating in community-building circles. They left ready to bring their new skills back to their campuses, and we look forward to aiding them as they work to improve their school climates.
During the week of June 27, WJC worked with the Center for Conflict Resolution at Loyola Law School to provide conflict resolution and negotiation training to high school students at the inaugural session of the Just the Beginning Summer Legal Institute in Los Angeles. Diverse and dynamic high school students from throughout the county applied to attend the Institute. At the negotiation competition, a few WJC volunteers helped to judge negotiation pairs and provide them with constructive feedback.
On June 14, Seyfarth Shaw hosted - in partnership with the California Minority Counsel Program and Western Justice Center - a presentation of an ENCOMPASS program of Western Justice Center, a Compassion Plays production of Horizon Line, by Peter Howard. Kevin Blake, courtesy of Actors Equity Association, gave a powerful performance inhabiting the nine characters featured in the play. Dynamic discussion was facilitated before and after about the issues that arise in the show, focused toward the audience of mainly lawyers receiving MCLE credit.