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ES4C: Educational Solutions 4 Change

Jack R. Goetz, Esq., M.B.A., Ph.D.


  • Lecturer in Law, USC Gould School of Law, teaching Mediation Theory and Practice 2017-present
  • Consultant, USC Gould School of Law, developing new graduate programs (LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Masters in Dispute Resolution) from conceptualization to launch 2015-2017
  • Business Faculty, Moorpark College, 2018-present
  • President, Southern California Mediation Association (2017-2018)
  • President, MC3 (2015-present)
  • MC3-Certified Mediator (2019-present)
  • Created - for the California State University campuses - a unique, applied one-semester mediation training program that integrated mediation theory with a practicum that included real world mediation practice (2009-2015)
  • Commissioner, Distance Education Accrediting Commission (2017-2023)
  • Works in the USA and internationally as a leader of various accreditation teams, coordinating onsite university visits and reports that offer suggestions to improve learning environments in the various institutions to foster best practices.
  • Built the business plan and educational platform for the first nationally accredited online law school.
Resume: Jack R. Goetz, Esq., MBA, Ph.D.
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Past Projects

  • Lead faculty for ES4C for 40-hour mediation training program for the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2018-2020)
  • Lead faculty for ES4C for 45-hour mediation training program for the Los Angeles Police Department, office of the Ombuds (2015)
  • Keynote Speaker: Orange County Mediation Conference (March 20, 2015)
  • Committee Chair: SCMA annual Conference (November, 2014): As a co-chair of the Voluntary Mediator Certification committee, presented the evolving business plan for the initiative now known as MC3.
  • Program Developer and Instructor: California Academy of Mediation Professionals, Fundamentals of Court Mediation, 2014 to 2017.
  • Co-founder / donor of the Jane Small Scholarship for Advocates for People with Disabilities (2013-present) 
  • Conference Co-Presenter: SCMA annual Conference (November, 2013): Presented "white paper" on Voluntary Mediator Certification.
  • Program Developer and Instructor: Mediation and Conflict Resolution, California State University at Northridge and California State University at Dominguez Hills (2009 to 2014)
  • Accreditation Evaluator: Distance Education Accrediting Commission (2002-present)



This article posits that the field of mediation can better serve the public by developing a system of public accountability that would elevate itself to a formal, professional status. What’s more, the proverbial train may have already left the station in disputes that are resolved in a public forum: court-connected and litigated cases.

Professionalizing Mediation, By Goetz and Kalfsbeek, 2014
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Civil Harassment Mediation: A Settlement-Friendly Environment:

Civil harassment mediation, from an outsider's perspective, seems to be a daunting environment in which to achieve a settlement. Parties have an emotional dispute, are not likely to cooperate with each other, and mediation time is limited. Nevertheless, settlements are achieved by applying well known concepts from basic mediator training.


Courtroom “Intake” Speeches for Civil Harassment and Small Claims:

Courtroom speeches encouraging mediation evolve readily from the application of well recognized principles that support the advantages of mediation.   Since courtroom time is often limited, this article presents a practical approach to using those principles in developing a five minute presentation that has been utilized in civil harassment and small claims settings. 


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The Value-Added Attorney (How to Make the Most of the Court Required Mediation Process):

Recent studies demonstrate that when a case does not settle in mediation, many attorneys participate in costly decision-error for their clients by passing on settlement offers that are better than the litigated outcome.  This article provides counsel with a 4 point checklist that helps prevent that error from occurring by fully utilizing the mediation process.


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