Effective Communication
Across Differences:
Free Virtual Series

A free virtual workshops series presented by the Law School Admission Council,
the Berkeley Judicial Institute, and the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society.

Thank you for your interest in our inaugural program series for law students, Effective Communication Across Differences.  

Meaningful dialogue with people with whom we disagree is challenging. The ability to communicate productively across differences can transform your career and your professional relationships. This hands-on small group program, designed to attract students across a broad spectrum of viewpoints, aims to help you hone your skills in engaging in conversations that demonstrate and request respect. 

With an opportunity to interact with Ninth Circuit and District Court judges in a 1:2 judge to student ratio, and with specific exercises led only by experienced mediators, this is a program not to be missed! Details below.

Navigate to:
> Program Details & Frequently Asked Questions
> Participating Judges
> Application Guidelines


1 | What is it? A FREE four-part series of small-group hands-on participatory workshops led by federal judges, highly skilled mediators, and other guest speakers, with the goal of increasing each participant’s skills in effective communication on difficult, and sometimes divisive, topics. Presentations and conversations with judges are separate from skills exercises conducted with mediators.

2| What are the benefits of participating?  Small-group interactions with federal judges and highly experienced mediators; increased ability to approach and communicate on difficult topics with others. 

3| When will it take place? There will be four roughly two-hour sessions – once a week for four consecutive weeks on Wednesdays: February 9, 16 & 23, and March 2, 2022 from 6-8pm Pacific.

4| Where will it take place? Over Zoom.

5 | Who can apply?  2L and 3L students at law schools within the Ninth Circuit.

6 | What are the selection criteria? We seek an inaugural class of 20. Participants will be selected with an eye to creating a cohort that reflects a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. Program spaces are limited, so please only apply if you can commit to participate in all four program sessions.

7 | What is the application deadline? December 30th, 2021.

8 | Will you be sharing my application with anyone?  Your candor and demonstrated interest in the program will greatly assist the team in the decision-making process. All of your answers, including your name and basic info, will be kept in full confidence. Only the review team, made up of individuals from our partners at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC,) and the Berkeley Judicial Institute (BJI), will have access to your application.

9 | When will I hear if I am selected? Participants will be notified by January 15th, 2022. If you are not selected immediately, you may be placed on a waitlist if space becomes available.

If you have additional questions, please contact Robyn at ExecutiveDirector@NJCHS.org.



  1. Download the following application as a Word doc, and fill it out. 
  2. Due to the small and personal nature of this program, we would like to get to know you better. Please tell us as much as you feel comfortable telling us (your application will be confidential).  We are looking for sincerity, interest, and a willingness to participate fully, not polished writing skills.
  3. Export your completed application as a PDF, include your last name in the file name, and send to effectivecommunication@njchs.org by December 30th, 2021.

December 30th, 2021

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If you have any questions, please contact Robyn at ExecutiveDirector@NJCHS.org.