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The Neuroscience of Decision Making, Negotiation and Mediation


Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Program Description:

Participants will explore the structure of the brain including the prefrontal cortex and limbic system and how these and other areas of the brain are associated with specific aspects of behavior and decision making. Emphasis will be placed on the difference between “gut feelings” and reason. Participants will explore the intersection between neuroscience and fundamental negotiation and mediation skills. With lessons from neuroscience, participants will discuss the barriers to effective communication and the potential science behind an assortment of commonly used dispute resolution skills designed to overcome these barriers. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of opening statements, the framing of issues and techniques for generating movement or bridging impasse.


Dan Weitz, Esq. is the Director of the Division of Professional and Court Services for the New York State Unified Court System (UCS). Dan oversees the statewide responsibilities of alternative dispute resolution, attorney for the child contracts, judiciary civil legal services contracts, office of language access, office of grants and contracts, the guardianship assistance network, legal information, office of record production, parent education, records management, and the children=s centers program. From 1998-2016, Dan served as Statewide ADR Coordinator, overseeing a statewide program of court-annexed ADR initiatives involving mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, parenting coordination and collaborative law. He also directed the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program.

CLE Credits:

2.0 Skills (/non-transitional)