A Time to Get Together: A Lawyer’s Role in Mediation


Author: Sid Kobewka

This paper discusses both evaluative mediation and interest based mediation. It also explores how a lawyer’s role in mediation differs from that in litigation, requiring a shift in attitude from an adversarial approach to a mutual problem solving approach.

The paper discusses how to prepare for mediation and draft a mediation brief; it also provides practical tools, including a mediation plan template and a sample issues/interests worksheet.

This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program in Calgary on February 19, 2020 and in Edmonton on February 25, 2020.

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