Archive for April, 2009

Mediation – A Labyrinth, Not A Maze

By Laura Melton Tucker, April 30th, 2009

When I ran into a friend at a party recently, we got onto one of my favorite topics, mediation. I was discouraged, however, when this friend launched into a jeremiad on the evils of non-attorney mediators. (Okay, the live band was loud and maybe he raised his voice to compete with them.) As a non-attorney mediator, I am sensitive to the arguments against us…

When Slowing Down Speeds Things up

By Laura Melton Tucker, April 21st, 2009

I’m one of those people who collects aphorisms the way others collect shoes…well, okay, maybe I collect shoes too. Like shoes, I need an aphorism for every occasion. One of my favorite quotations comes from Art of the Inner Meal, a book about the zen of eating and mindful living: “Life is short. Move slowly.” What does this mean, and how does it tie into mediation…

Finding $ + ? = :-) in Small Claims Court

By Laura Melton Tucker, April 18th, 2009

Do you remember the first time you saw an emoticon – probably well before you knew it was called an emoticon? I don’t know about you, but for me, seeing my first 😉 evoked feelings of relief (finally, a way to express that piece that had been inexpressible), mixed with delight (how clever) and wonder (what took so long for someone to think of this?). Well, what the emoticon did for the written word, mediation has done for the small claims court…

Pull Up a Chair and Meet the Mediators

By Laura Melton Tucker, April 8th, 2009

Ah, facebook! I recently reconnected with an old college friend who was excited to hear I’m a mediator. Her husband’s law partner, she explained, had recently retired to a lucrative second career as a divorce mediator. “He’s making a killing!” she enthused. “He’s pulling in $8,000 a day and he’s booked every day of the month!” “How’s it going for you?” she asked. I answered…

Why Keeping It Closed Opens It Up

By Laura Melton Tucker, April 2nd, 2009

One of the key elements of mediation is whether or not the conversation behind closed doors will be off-limits to the court. Anyone entering mediation should understand what this means…

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