Summary of the Mediation Process
The document at the link below is for mediation practitioners and instructors in law schools, law firms, and elsewhere. I wrote it when I realized that we are missing easily available summaries of the mediation process. If you would like permission to use these materials, whether for trainings or for another purpose, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Those willing and able to access complete textbooks, such as Frenkel and Stark’s The Practice of Mediation or Christopher Moore's The Mediation Process, should go with those sources. Similarly, those with access to some of the fantastic mediation instructors that are out there should go with the process as they teach it — I am thinking of Professors Carol Liebman and Alexandra Carter at Columbia Law School, and of various trainers in New York’s Community Dispute Resolution Centers.
Despite these sources, I often find myself in settings where time, expense, and schedule prevent all of these options, and we find that we need something more readily available.
I hope you will find this useful. It is very much a document in progress. I have already edited it in response to comments and questions, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again in the future, as I hear your feedback.
You may access the full summary here.