April 01, 2012

Judicial Mediation: Two Judges' Philosophies

Two federal judges outline the philosophies on which they ground their judicial settlement efforts.

Steven J. Miller

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Some judges press hard for settlement; some don’t even try. In a roundtable discussion with Associate Editor Steven J. Miller, Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the Northern District of Ohio and Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy of the Western District of New York set forth the philosophies on which their judicial settlement efforts, at times even aggressive judicial settlement efforts, are grounded.


SJM: Each of you has a distinct judicial philosophy; what is it and where did it come from?


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