Chances are you have heard of the multifarious ways in which mediation is preferable to litigation. Just as likely is it that you have considered mediating some dispute that has arisen in your own life. But, the question begs: how do you determine who is a good mediator and what makes for a proficient mediation firm?

Paddock Mitchell LLC (www.thanksmediator.com) posits that to be the best mediation firm, you have to have top-notch mediators and support staff. This is why Paddock Mitchell only hires the best and brightest mediators and support staff in the USA.

So...what allows an applicant who wishes to work for Paddock Mitchell in California to land a gig at this pre-eminent firm?  Immense experience in conflict and resolving disputes and formal training from top tier legal institutes are the first thing that we consider here at Paddock Mitchell. Next, we assess an applicant’s ability to empathize with a disputant and to evaluate the underlying roots of conflict that have led to such an impasse. Finally, any person who is going to successfully land a job with the firm of Paddock Mitchell will necessarily have to possess a distinct sense of humor!  After all, Paddock Mitchell is not only a mediation firm that does well by their clientele, but just as importantly, this group of mediators and ombudspeople strive to have fun while serving our clients' needs...

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10 Steps of a cam mediation

1.  Convening.  In this step, one or more parties are invited by a mobile mediator to participate in the facilitated negotiation process.  Formalities such as time and location are decided on and then the mediation begins.  This step may require the mobile mediator to explain the process and benefits of mediation in order to secure one or more party's buy-in to the process. Once all parties have chosen to participate in the mediation, the mediator presents the parties with their "homework" that must be completed by the day of the mediation.

2.  Framework.  Herein, the rules of the mobile mediation, as well as the process are recapped for the parties.

3.  Rights & Obligations.  This step presents the topics of confidentiality and the types of communication that will and will not be allowed by and among the parties.

4.  Opening Statements.  This is where each party is given a chance to discuss the dispute as they have experienced it.  Parties should finish with what they are hoping to gain from the mediation process.

5.  Parties' Homework Presentations.  During this step, each party presents the "homework" that they were assigned by the CAM mediator.  For example, a party may be asked to write a paragraph putting themselves in the other party's place and articulating why they feel this dispute came about. 

6.  Facilitated Negotiation.  This step includes the party's negotiating around the key issues, as well as the mediator's coaching as to what the mediator sees as the key issues and potential roadblocks to reaching an agreement.

7.  Caucusing/Shuttle-Diplomacy.  While this step is not always necessary, certain mediations will be best performed with the mediator separating the parties and conferring with each one separately and then acting as a go-between for further negotiations.

8.  Mediator's Proposal.  Similar to step 7, this step may not be necessary for a successful mediation.  When it does occur, a Mediator's Proposal is a chance for the mediator to interject with a possible solution that the parties may have not been considering up to this point.

9.  Agreement.  Here the parties have reached a mutually-agreeable decision for how the dispute will be resolved.

10.  Followup.  This final step includes such formalities as ensuring that the parties are fulfilling their side of the agreement.



Developed by Paddock Mitchell LLC, CAM Mediation is a 10-step dispute resolution process.  CAM stands for Conflict Analysis & Mitigation.  Rather than merely negotiating around disputing parties' main issues, Paddock Mitchell's mobile mediators delve into the underlying conflict that needs to be addressed in order to create a sustainable and mutually-agreeable resolution.