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Sharon B. Eckstein L'86

Lecturer in Law, Mediation Clinic

Sharon Eckstein

Sharon B. Eckstein is an expert mediator and ADR professional with over 20 years of experience in the conflict resolution field  A member of the Penn Law clinical faculty since 2005, she teaches and supervises students enrolled in the Mediation Clinic and other mediattion clinical courses. Prior to her position at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she served as an adjunct faculty professor at Temple University James Beasley School of Law teaching anwhere she focused on law student mediation skill development in the mediation clinical program. Ms. Eckstein has served as a mediation coach and trainer for federal employees, court-annexed attorney mediators, and Human Relations Commission members and is actively involved in mediation education.  Her conflict resolution practice focuses on mediation, group facilitation, conflict coaching and training in a wide variety of contexts.  Ms. Eckstein has extensive experience in the mediation of divorce, custody and family matters, workplace, employment and employment discrimination disputes, university and Title IX, as well as public disputes involving numerous stakeholders.  She also arbitrates cases in each of these areas.                  
 Ms. Eckstein is a member of the mediation panel for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, as well as a member of the arbitration panel for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Ford Motor Consumer Arbitration Program.  She has served as a mediator for both the  Philadelphia and Chester County Family Courts as well as the the Philadelphia Bar Association's Attorney Fee Dispute Program.  
Involved in her community, Ms. Eckstein served as the immediate past chair of the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission. She designed and implemented its groundbreaking mediation program and was a member of this Commission from the time of  its establishment in 2011 through 2018. She is a board member with the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and chair of its Membership Committee.  An active member of the Amertican Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section, she serves as a member of its Taskforce on Relational Practice.
Ms. Eckstein came to mediation following years of practice as a family law attorney. A former chair of both the Adoption Committee and the Divorce Committee of the Philadelphia  Bar Association's Family Law Section, she began her career in the public interest bar as a staff attorney at the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) ,and the Philadelphia Child Support Project. She was integrally involved in legal efforts to gain equal parenting rights for the LGBT community. and represented the first gay couples to succesfully adopt children in both Philadelphia and Bucks counties.  During this time, she frequently served as an instructor in adoption law practice for Philadelphia area attorneys.
Ms. Eckstein received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, from Queens College of the City University of New York where she was a Belle Zeller Scholar.



  • Mediation Clinic
  • Advanced mediation seminar: mediation and the workplace Advanced mediation seminar: mediation and community transformation Advanced mediation seminar: mediation and employment law Mediation Clinic for LL.M students

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