Can any legal dispute utilize mediation? Are there any situations where it is not appropriate?
Mediation is a distinct profession. While a knowledge of the law, finance, family dynamics and child development are important, it is mastery of conflict resolution that is key. Unlike many who hold themselves out as mediators, I do not “dabble” in mediation as a side line or as something to do in retirement after a career in law. Lawyering (and serving as a judge) do not necessarily translate into mediation skills, and are sometimes a detriment to those who attempt to switch.