mediator · arbitrator · trainer · author

Kimberlee Kovach has been a leader and visionary in the modern mediation and dispute resolution movement for over thirty-five years.


Trainer Kim Kovach teaching mediation theory at the 40-Hour Basic Mediation courseKim has conducted a variety of trainings in dispute resolution processes for nearly four decades. She created and led the first forty hour mediation training in Texas in 1980, and has been training mediators ever since.  A highly experienced instructor, Professor Kovach has taught a variety of dispute resolution courses in legal education for nearly twenty-five years.   She also regularly conducts trainings and workshops on specialized dispute resolution topics including advanced mediation approaches, ethical issues and negotiation.

Kim’s energetic and engaging approach combines with a highly interactive teaching methodology to help assure that all participants are actively involved in the learning process. Some participants have noted:    

" We were taught by the best. The program is fast paced, thorough, fun, interesting."

"Hands on instruction was unique and great."

"Best training ever!"       "Excellent.  I love Kim's interactive style." 

"Kim is the ultimate professional in her field, yet with comfortable and inclusive style of teaching which keeps people engaged and interested."

Examples of training and seminar topics include: Basic Mediation, Advanced Mediation;  Addressing Conflict through Collaboration; Importance of Information Processing: Shifting Communication to Understanding; Effective Use of Creativity and Brainstorming in Negotiation and Mediation; Ethics for Lawyer Advocates in Dispute Resolution Processes; Understanding Cognitive Barriers in Negotiation and Mediation;

Kim will also customize training for each group or organization.

The next 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training, sponsored by the Univeristy of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, will be held January 9 - 13, 2017, in Austin Texas.  This intensive five-day class is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to mediate a wide varity of disputes, ranging from pending court cases to many other types of matters involving conflict.  For further information about the training, see this link. 

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