In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, some parties and their representatives may not be comfortable appearing in person to hearings. In order to accommodate this, our Mediators have become proficient in the use of Zoom technology so that any recalcitrant party or their representative will have the option of attending a hearing virtually.
Feedback we have received thus far has led us to think that non-binding Mediation does lend itself more to face-to-face negotiation while non-binding Advisory procedures and binding Arbitration lend themselves very nicely to Zoom technology. This is not to say that such approaches are required, but rather to say that these are optional approaches.
Coincidentally, Litigation Alternatives had planned and made transition to a virtual service model just prior to the start of the pandemic. Thus, our hearings will now be held at the office of the one of the parties or at a neutral site. Social distancing should probably be the order of the day with masks at the option of the participants.
As to our original service model, while our highly qualified and experienced “House Mediators” handle most of our caseload, we are still committed to the concept of “mutual agreement” and are in the process of recruiting additional Mediators. The list is under our the heading above as “Other Mediators.”
Additionally, there is an updated list of clients with whom we have worked with in the past that parties can refer to with the understanding that the attorneys who are members of those firms are usually willing and able to act as additional Mediator or Arbitrator choices.
Once a mediator or arbitrator has been agreed upon and all ground rules established, our “Case Administrators” will process and schedule all cases as quickly as possible within the parameters of all parties’ schedules.
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