Richard G. Spier is a full-time mediator in Portland, Oregon. He is a former chair of the Oregon State Bar Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
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Is Mediation Overused?
I recognize that there has been big growth in my industry of private mediators and that courts increasingly have mandatory settlement conferences for cases past a certain time after filing, but I still have the perception that lawyers did not take most civil actions before a mediator or settlement judge. I believe that there is value in the jury trial system and that more cases should be taken through a complete trial.
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A Mediator's Fantasy: The Perfect Mediation
Unable to sleep one night after a particularly arduous, frustrating, and contentious mediation (though the case settled), I found myself fantasizing about The Perfect Mediation.
The Ten Biggest Mistakes Lawyers Make in Mediation
Effective representation of clients in mediation requires the same level of preparation, diligence and assertiveness as is required in presenting a jury trial. The outcome of a mediation session depends, to a large degree, on the performance of counsel.