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IU McKinney Course Helps Judges Hone Different Skills after Life on the Bench


John KraussJohn Krauss, ‘ 76, director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and the IU Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, outlines some of the challenges judges face when they decide to turn to mediation practice after leaving the bench in a story in the September 25, 2013, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

Instead of approaching the case as a fact finder, judges often need to make sure the parties completely understand that they aren’t there to decide the case, Krauss said.

“One of the things you have to do is make your role very clear to the parties, because you’re not a judge, and they have to know you’re not a judge. You’re not going to decide, Krauss said in the story. “A lot of deference is going to be given to you because of the role you’ve had, and you’ve got to diminish that.”

Krauss is an adjunct professor of law at IU McKinney, and a clinical professor of public and environmental affairs. The Public Policy Mediation Course Krauss coordinates will be offered January 6-10, 2014, at the law school.

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