Lisa Herder, Director of Business Development for Midwest Litigation Services and Aequitas Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, recently presented before 20 officials from the China Ministry of Justice at the State Capitol in Springfield, IL. Hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Herder provided an overview on best practices in mediation and mediator selection. Herder’s program was one of a series of presentations on the U.S. Civil Mediation System arranged by the University’s China Executive Leadership Program (CELP). Started in 1993 this collaboration between the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (SAFEA) and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has provided executive training programs for more than 5,500 Chinese executives. The UIUC has become the major training center for SAFEA in the United States. Through the programs China and the United States have benefitted by the many friendships and mutual respect and understanding that have developed as a result of the time the executives have spent studying here.