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 program series for law students, Effective Communication Across Differences. We are excited to announce that will be running a second round of this very successful program in the summer of 2022! 

Want to know more about ECAD? Join BJI over Zoom on Thursday, June 2, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific, as we talk to:

Hon. Bridget S. Bade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Hon. Johnnie B. Rawlinson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

BJI Director Judge Jeremy Fogel

Demarris Evans, Managing Attorney, Office of District Attorney Chesa Boudin

NJCHS Executive Director Robyn Lipsky

DEI Officer for the 9th Circuit Amrita Mallik

Register for the information session here!

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

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.


1 | What is it? A FREE five-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, respectful 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 five roughly two-hour sessions held twice a week for four consecutive weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays: July 28; August 2, 4, 9, and 11, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. Pacific.

4| Where will it take place? Over Zoom.

5 | Who can apply?  Rising 1L, 2L and 3L students at law schools within the Ninth Circuit.

6 | What are the selection criteria? We seek a class of 20. Participant selection will be based on multiple factors, 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 five program sessions.

7 | What is the application deadline? June 24, 2022.

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 July 3, 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.



June 24, 2022

Please fill out the application form, accessible at this link.

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.

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