Sig Cohen has conducted hundreds of family mediation cases in which custody, visitation, child support, and property issues were involved. He is a member of Beyond Dispute Associates and partners with Judge (ret.) Carolyn M. Parr in co-mediating older adult and elder cases through Tough Conversations, a subsidiary of Beyond Dispute. During his 20 years as a DC Superior Court mediator many of his most sensitive and successful cases have resulted in settlements that ensured that both parties have a healthy involvement with their children and a positive acceptance of property division.
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Articles and Video:
Mediation as a "Disruptive Innovation"
Borrowing from Harvard Prof. Clayton Christensen’s 1997 classic The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, this article examines how mediation can replace litigation to become the standard practice for resolving disputes in the U.S. While most consider mediation an ‘alternative’ to litigation, I argue it’s only a matter of time before mediation reaches ‘cornerstone status’ in our legal system. Among other things, the article focuses on how law firms and legal education may have to adapt to achieve this goal. However, the outcome can only result in a less expensive, time consuming and emotionally draining process.
Giving Back Or Just Giving It Away: Can Mediators Empower Others If We De-Value Our Own Expertise?
This article analyzes why mediators volunteer their expertise to court systems and government agencies. The author examines the policies of court systems that ‘employ’ mediators and concludes that, as long as mediators give away their skills and experience, the courts will do little or nothing to enhance mediator compensation. The writer further questions whether mediators who offer their services for little or nothing have the capacity to advocate for their own best interest.