William Scott Harralson, J.D. is a trained mediator specializing in civil rights, employment, personal injury, and conflict involving clergy and religious congregations. He has been particularly effective in mediating disputes where sensitive cross-cultural, ethnic, and racial issues adversely impact the relationship between the disputants. Harralson volunteers with a number of public and private entities including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Contra Costa County Attorney Fee Mediation Program, and Small Claims Division-Alameda County Superior Court. His experience also includes more than 18 years of civil litigation as a legal assistant and independent advisor to California attorneys.
Mr. Harralson is a former adjunct professor with Pacific School of Religion and has lectured at the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley, CA. He taught courses on legal issues affecting clergy and Faith Communities, as well as organizing religious non-profit corporations.
We Stumble...But Love Never Fails(01/23/12)
At the age of 28, I began volunteering as a shop steward with the Office and Professional Workers Union (AFL-CIO). Countless hours were spent listening to the concerns of aggravated employees and their equally frustrated supervisors. The common thread running through our discussions involved disciplinary action initiated by the employer. The other recurring issue was unfavorable employee performance evaluations. It was my job to navigate between both sides in hopes of negotiating a settlement before things escalated to the point that a worker elected to file a grievance or charge.
Old Wine New Wineskins And Lawyers (07/19/10)
If Perry Mason sat down with you at the mediation table to discuss prospects for resolving a civil case, would you consider him to be an asset or a liability towards the success of the mediation process?
Mediation And Equal Justice For The Poor (06/15/09)
Throughout the history of America, justice and injustice have co-existed in a fierce struggle to determine which contender would emerge in victory. Money and the lack of money remain decisive factors in determining the extent to which an individual will have access to our civil court system. Alternative means of resolving disputes, most notably mediation, have gradually positioned themselves as attractive options especially for those who live in a condition of poverty. This brief essay will explore the extent to which mediation serves to advance or impede the goal of achieving equal justice for every American.
To Become Whole Again: Grace And Mercy In Mediation(09/08/08)
This essay briefly examines Judeo-Christian conceptions of grace and mercy and the positive implications for the lives of disputants. Mediators are in a unique position to encourage individuals, under certain circumstances, to demonstrate grace and mercy towards their adversaries in order to facilitate reconciliation.
From William Harralson
Mediate.com is much more than an Internet newsletter. It is a repository of research and information that is committed to the exchange of ideas concerning the field of mediation. I especially find the articles that address the intersections between mediation and psychology, sociology, political science, theology, jurisprudence, and other fields, to be an invaluable interdisciplinary tool. I am often fascinated by the insightful and sometimes controversial reflections shared by my colleagues in mediation. Their victories, disappointments, joys, and frustrations often serve to affirm my own views and feeling regarding the profession. To that end, I believe that the greatest service rendered by Mediate.com is its role as an international voice promoting the peaceful, collaborative, non-violent resolution of conflict between individuals, organizations, and nations. In its own unique and profound way Mediate.com is a balanced voice of reason that contributes substantially towards the vision of a world where justice and peace can be realized by all of Humankind. Congratulations and many thanks to Mediate.com!
Your Brother’s Keeper:An Ethic Of Compassion For Mediators (03/09/05)
This essay considers the question of whether the mediator as
practitioner has an inherent obligation to become actively
engaged in the lives of the disputants. Is it absolutely
essential that the mediator adopt an authentic, palpable
"ethic of compassion" and concern for the best-interests of each party? Or, on the other hand, should the mediator
serve the conflicted parties as a disinterested, detached
intermediary? The writer advocates in favor of a new
paradigm for mediators: "An ethic of compassion."