Sharon B. Eckstein L'86
Lecturer in Law
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 clinical faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 2005, she teaches, trains and supervises students enrolled in the Mediation Clinic. Prior to her position at Penn Law, she was an adjunct faculty professor at Temple University James Beasley School of Law where 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 mediation and conflict resolution practice includes mediation, group faciliation and training. She specializes in areas of conflict involving individuals and groups who know each other - disputants who have been, or currently are, involved with each other either in the family, workplace, university or community context. Ms. Eckstein has extensive experience in the mediation of divorce, custody, workplace and employment disputes, as well as public disputes involving numerous stakeholders. She also arbitrates cases in each of these areas.
She has served as a mediator for the Philadelphia and Chester County Family Court custody mediation programs and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Attorney Fee Dispute Program. Ms. Eckstein is a member of the mediation panel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, and the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission as well as a member of the arbitration panel for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She is actively engaged in designing and implementing mediation programs for agencies and organizations that have previously not benefitted from the numerous opportunites offered to disputants by mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes.
Involved in her community, Ms. Eckstein currently serves as the chair of the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission and has been a member of this Commission since its establishment in 2011. She previously served as its vice-chair and is responsible for designing and implementing its groundbreaking mediation program. She is committed to working to improve acceptance and inclusion for all and believes that promoting dialogue and civil discourse are natural outgrowths of her conflict resolution experience.
Ms. Eckstein came to mediation following years of practice as an adoption and family law attorney and was integrally involved in legal efforts to gain equal parenting rights for the LGBT community. She 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. 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 and the Philadelphia Child Support Project. She is a member of the Association of Conflict Resolution, the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, as well as the Amercian and Philadelphia Bar Associations.
Ms. Eckstein recieved 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.
- Family Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Employment Discrimination Law
- Public Interest
- Mediation Clinic
- Advanced mediation seminar: mediation and the workplace