Claudia Bernard is an independent trainer, mediator and consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. She designs and leads trainings for judges, court staff, court leaders, mediators and lawyers on such topics as dealing with righteously indignant litigants, emotional competence, implicit bias, effective communication, conflict resolution, team building, and mindful leadership. Until 2018, she served as the Chief Circuit Mediator for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. There she led a staff of eight professional mediators, mediated cases on appeal, and served as chair of the Federal Judicial Center’s Advisory Committee on Executive Education. Prior to her appointment as Chief Circuit Mediator, she served as a Ninth Circuit Mediator for eighteen years. She has mediated over 3,000 cases. Ms. Bernard has developed and led mediation and mediation advocacy training courses to judges, mediators and lawyers nationally and internationally.