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This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Andrew Schepard, a leading professor, editor and writer of family law and mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series.
Andrew Schepard: Training Has Improved - Video
Training for lawyers and judges has improved. Mediation in the US has only been around for 30 years and we are still working on how to best train people. Andrew Schepard helped develop model standards to improve professional standards.
Andrew Schepard: Challenges Within Family Mediation - Video
Andrew Schepard discusses challenges within family mediation: domestic violence, cultural differences and parties' expectations of the mediator, and a need to pre-screen violent parents.
Andrew Schepard: Aborigine Model Processes for Handling Child Neglect/Abuse - Video
Andrew Schepard describes how Aboriginal tribes have an optimal process of dealing with child neglect and/or abuse. If abuse is reported, a family group conference may be called; they have the choice of opting out of the coercive court system, which he sees as a model approach.
Schepard, Andrew: Lack of Growth in Private Sector - Video
Andrew Schepard talks about why he believes mediation has not taken off in the private sector. Firstly, he believes the 'adversary paradigm' is still how people go about solving their family disputes. Secondly, he believes that lawyer education is lacking regarding ADR.
Andrew Schepard: Different processes of mediation - Video
Andrew Schepard talks about custody disputes and the process of deciding what the best interests of the child are. He feels this decision should be determined by the parents, not the state or the judge.
The Family Law Education Reform Report Completed
Does the law school’s family law curriculum adequately prepare future family lawyers for the challenges of practice? The Report’s answer is “not well,” a conclusion that requires reconsideration of the nature and purposes of legal education in an area central to the welfare of thousands of children and parents.