February 09, 2021 Feature

Community Mediation

D.G. Mawn and Melinda Burrell
Through community mediation, solos can hone their legal skills for conflict resolution between two parties.

Through community mediation, solos can hone their legal skills for conflict resolution between two parties.

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As attorneys, we are the part of the justice system that gives voice to those at odds, representing their needs and claims of harm within the boundaries set in law and by judicial practice. Within those boundaries and practices we have the ability to create the opportunity for justice in the lives of those we represent and the communities of which they are a part. There are several tools within the toolbox known as alternative dispute resolution, and one of these is community mediation. Community mediation is a set of values and practices. This article outlines how solo practitioners can hone their legal skills to use these values and practices to create the possibility not just for conflict resolution between two parties but also for conflict transformation within the community.

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