Mediator Parag Shah Devotes Week to Instructing Law Students
Parag Shah and his wife, attorney Elizabeth George, recently taught a week-long course on client interactions and negotiations at Ohio Northern University Law School in Ada, Ohio. Shah and George believe one of the most important skills you can teach in law school is teaching first-year law students how to communicate with clients and opposing counsel. “Going through law school and practicing law turns us into analytical robots that focus more on the legal issues than the personal interests of the people we are dealing with,” said Shah.
In this course, they taught students practical skills and techniques that they can use in their dealings with clients and negotiations with the other side. Parag stated, “This class will help them not only in their legal careers moving forward but in all the different types of relationships they may encounter in life,” Shah adds, “the law is about people– this course is about how to interact with people in the context of the law.” The most critical thing Shah and George want to pass on is that both people in the negotiation do not need to leave unhappy for it to be a successful negotiation. Both sides can win as long as they take time to listen and communicate in a way that both parties understand.