Almost all mediations present stumbling blocks. If the parties were able to agree, usually they would not need to mediate. They may be creating their own stumbling blocks, or they may not even be aware of what the stumbling blocks are to obtain a viable agreement.
Sometimes parties just need to have the opportunity to sit across from each other to say what they have been thinking or feeling and that inability to sit together has in and of itself been a stumbling block. Other times parties may want to be able to tell their story to a third party neutral and once they have that opportunity then the stumbling block is overcome.
A crucial role of the mediator is to determine how to assist the parties in overcoming any stumbling blocks that present themselves and to give the parties the opportunity to proceed through the mediation process to address the needs that each party has.
Listen to a panel discussion of difficult encounters and roadblocks in mediation and learn how to overcome those stumbling blocks. Listen to seasoned mediators discuss difficult encounters and roadblocks in mediation and learn how to overcome those stumbling blocks.
- M. Ann Anderson, Attorney at Law, Pilot Mountain
- Raymond E. Owens Jr., Higgins and Owens PLLC, Charlotte
- John B. “Jack” Smith, Smith Law Firm PC, Charlotte
Session from Finding Solutions Through Alternative Dispute Resolution (2019 Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting and CLE), March 22, 2019
NCBA Dispute Resolution Section
North Carolina: 1.00 MCLE/CPE Hour
1.00 NC Dispute Resolution Commission CME
See pricing below.