Mimi E. Lyster

Mimi Lyster has been active in dispute resolution, facilitated dialogue and decision-making, and strategic planning since 1981. She brings her experience as a mediator, trainer, facilitator, planner, and statewide court policy analyst to her role as administrator of the Court Planning and Litigant Services department of the Contra Costa Superior Court. This department encompasses the court’s strategic planning activities, the civil ADR program, the civil and small claims advisor program, the Virtual Self Help Law Center, and the court volunteer services program.  Previously, Mimi co-founded and administered a community mediation program, authored Building A Parenting Agreement that Works (Nolo Press), served on the California Dispute Resolution Council board, was a member of the California State Bar Legal Services Committee, and served as an appointee of the Chief Justice on the California Judicial Council’s Court Futures Commission.

Articles and Video:

From Mimi Lyster (09/02/07)
Mediate.com has been, and continues to be, a vision come true! Congratulations to ALL who have made this site such an amazing marketplace of ideas, insight, scholarship, reflection, and dialogue.

Shifting The Strange Attractor: An Exploration of Chaos and Change Agency (09/26/05)
Chaos theory offers metaphors that can help reveal more and less effective ways of initiating, facilitating, and managing change. This paper encourages conflict management professionals to consider using these metaphors as a tool to discover patterns and leverage points that can improve the effectiveness of their interventions with businesses, organizations, or families. Understanding the theoretical underpinnings of various systems theories gives us an edge. It makes us more nimble as practitioners, and better able to transfer our skills to a larger spectrum of clients and circumstances.

Getting A Divorce? Why You Should Not Just Fight It Out (04/05/99)
Many have traveled the adversarial road, and probably for many of the same reasons. Constant fighting, arguing and blaming in a marriage or similarly committed relationship generally leads to more of the same while dissolving it. Unfortunately, the consequences of continuing this behavior can be dramatic, including protracted litigation, escalating costs, a dramatically reduced standard of living and significant damage to your children’s emotional well-being.