Lawyers who successfully undertake mediation training for the purpose of serving as mediators must be prepared to radically re-define their objectives, their role and their techniques. They must approach mediation training with an open mind and a willingness to learn the distinct differences between the processes of trial and mediation. They must be skilled at working within the framework of traditional rights and remedies and also ready to move beyond it. Lawyer-mediators will learn that mediation is more than a legal negotiation in a different package-mediation differs fundamentally in its procedural structure, terminology, objectives and techniques. Read more: http://www.mediate.com/articles/RelyeaGChengR.cfm

Gregg Relyea, Roy Cheng
January 2016