Comments: Fairly Legal. Fairly Accurate?

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Eileen , North Scituate RI   02/05/11
Fairly Legal- I like it.
As an Author, Trainer, ADR expert, snd a lifestyle coach, I will vote mediation. It allow clients to be part of the solution- this can be empowering. I hope I will be able to play a part or write a part in that show someday.

Eileen , North Scituate RI   02/05/11
Fairly Legal- I like it.
As an Author, Trainer, ADR expert, snd a lifestyle coach, I will vote mediation. It allow clients to be part of the solution- this can be empowering. I hope I will be able to play a part or write a part in that show someday.

Eileen , North Scituate RI   02/05/11
Fairly Legal- I like it.
As an Author, Trainer, ADR expert, snd a lifestyle coach, I will vote mediation. It allow clients to be part of the solution- this can be empowering. I hope I will be able to play a part or write a part in that show someday.

Eileen , North Scituate RI   02/05/11
Fairly Legal- I like it.
As an Author, Trainer, ADR expert, snd a lifestyle coach, I will vote mediation. It allow clients to be part of the solution- this can be empowering. I hope I will be able to play a part or write a part in that show someday.

Mary Damianakis, Sainte-anne-de-bellevue QC   02/02/11
Fairly Legal
I share the same concerns. Mediation is an inter-disciplinary profession and certainly we do not advocate for our clients. It is a confidential process that allows the parties to make changes and redefine the terms and conditions with new boundaries,hope, forgiveness- transformation and perhaps even healing. Mediation can get to the root cause of a conflict and--- "issue spotting" tools are essential in this work. Mary Damianakis

Alex Dukhovny, West Hollywood CA   01/21/11
Thank you.
Ladies and Gentleman, Thank you for all your emails and comments, I did not expect to get so many wonderful responses. I am very happy that my article has gotten all of you thinking - goal reached. To many of you who requested a follow up I have to say, yes, I will write another piece, but I want to wait for a few other episodes to air before I write anything else. Hopefully you've seen the pilot and formulated some of your opinions. Thanks again for all the support.

Sharla  , Aliquippa PA   01/20/11
"Not a good start" (the "anti-lawyer")?
An EXCELLENT START!!! After 25 years in the practice of family law as a litigator, more recently as a county divorce master and child custody mediator, I'll vote mediation any day, and, preferably, collaborative law, over traditional litigation in family law matters. Anyone who 'begs to differ' just hasn't been there. Revolutionary, as much as I hate "reality t.v.", the world NEEDS to know there are alternatives to traditional litigation when it comes to child custody, and, that these alternatives serve the best interest of innocent children so oft overlooked by self-serving, selfish dueling parents who can't seem to get beyond their own hatred of one another to put those interests of the children they jointly conceived above their own. My friends joke that I should be the "Judge Judy" of a reality mediation show...it's coming none too soon, give it a chance! No "expectations" can be more false than those given by some money grubbing "family" lawyers who litigate their client's hatred of ex's to the nth degree instead of considering what's best for the kids and/or even "winning" in the end! (A (happily) recovering family lawyer who will take alternative dispute resolution any day). Child custody does not belong in the courts!

Mary Damianakis, Quebec QC  damianakismary@gmail.com     01/20/11
Fairly Legal.Fairly Accurate.
Thank you for an interesting read. The mediation community is hopeful that Fairly Legal may provide some insight, public education and awareness not just to the public at large, but to governments, companies and other professionals etc. Mediation is not glamorous; it keeps us humbly optimistic, refining our craft and planting seeds of peace with every new case. New approaches to resolving conflict are long overdue. Mary Damianakis

John , Oakland   01/19/11
"the ultimate anti-lawyer—a mediator"
They are billing her as, "the ultimate anti-lawyer—a mediator" Not a good start!

Steve , Pantego TX   01/18/11
Based on the promos I share your caution as to how the role of mediator will be played. A gung ho champion of the disenfranchised may not be what mediators want the public to understand. My concern is that it will set an unrealistic expectation that the public will adopt. They may be disappointed when they don't get a hollywood experience in their mediation. There is as much harm to be gained as good. Who said any publicitiy is good publicity??? The Clintons?