Professional Details

Linda Scher
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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3282 S.E. Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
USA
(503) 232-8550
Fax: (503) 232-8494

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Description of Practice

Family Mediation and Facilitation. Assistance in all areas of family conflict, including divorce, post-divorce, separation, unmarried and same sex couples, open adoption, and adult siblings. Divorce and separation issues include parenting plan (schedule and decision-making), child finances, spousal support, and asset and debt division.

Professional Background

BS in Sociology, University of Massachusetts, 1982. JD Law, University of Washington, 1986 (inactive member of Washington Bar). Forty-hour Family Mediation Training, Bellevue, Washington, 1987

Experience

Private Family Mediation practice since 1990. Approx. 500 cases mediated in private practice. One-year internship, Clackamas County Family Court Services, 1989-90. Child Welfare Mediator, Department of Human Services 1993-2006. Volunteer mediator, Resolutions Northwest (formerly Portland Neighborhood Mediation Center) since 1988. Appointed to Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee (FLAC), served since 1998. Chair, Parenting Plan Workgroup of FLAC since 2002. Practitioner member, Family Section of Association of Conflict Resolution. Lifetime Member, former board member and former President, Oregon Mediation Association. Associate Member, Oregon State Bar Family Law Section and Multnomah Bar Association. Member, Multnomah and Clackamas County Family Law Groups.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1986    Pacific Family Mediation Institute    Family Mediation, 40 hours
1989-90    Clackamas County Family Court Services    Family Mediation Internship, 12 months
1993    Cooperative Adoption Mediation Project    Open Adoption Mediation, 24 hours
1991    Multnomah County Small Claims Court    Mediation Trainer Training, 46 hours

Approach

Facilitative style. Joint sessions using individual caucuses, structured discussions and communication education. Written mediated agreement, collaboration with attorneys provided as requested.

Fees

$200 per hour, first introductory hour free. Visa and Master Card, check or cash accepted. No retainer required. Sliding scale available as appropriate.

Other Information

Web Site at www.Schermediate.com

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption (40 mediated)
  • Adult Family (20 mediated)
  • Community (50 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (500 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (180 mediated)
  • Family (55 mediated)
  • LGBT (50 mediated)
  • Marital Mediation (15 mediated)
  • Parent-Teen (15 mediated)
  • Pet Mediation (5 mediated)
  • Prenuptial (2 mediated)
  • Probate (2 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Facilitator

References

Marlene Findling Attorney Nicole Deering Attorney Lauren MacNeill Director, Clackamas County Mediation Vana O'Brien Marriage and Family Therapist

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