Sharon B. Eckstein
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 Penn Carey Law clinical faculty since 2006, she teaches and supervises students enrolled in the Mediation Clinic and other mediation clinical courses. Prior to her position at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, she served as an adjunct professor at Temple University James Beasley School of Law teaching and supervising students enrolled in its custody mediation clinic.
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 complaints as well as public disputes involving numerous stakeholders. She also arbitrates cases in 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 with the Philadelphia Tenant Eviction Moratorium Program, the Philadelphia and Chester County Family Courts as well as 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 served as 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 American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, she served as a member of its Taskforce on Relational Practice, as co-chair of Mediation Week and as a judge for its Law Student Mediation Advocacy Competition.
Ms. Eckstein came to mediation following years of practice. 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 LGBTQ 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 Carey 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 and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.