Society Session: When Should a Mediator be ‘Evaluative?’ Timing and Technique presented by Justice Fred Morrison (Retd.)
Wulff Quinby & Sochynsky Dispute Resolution 1901 Harrison Street, Ste. 1420 Oakland, CA 94612 Please bring your own lunch. No charge to attend.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Many mediators shy away from being in the least “evaluative,” preferring a purely “facilitative” approach. They won’t even venture an opinion on possible, much less likely outcomes. Others have a strong belief that mediators are hired to do “whatever is necessary to settle the case.” An experienced former trial and appellate judge offers some provocative thoughts, insights and techniques that might be used but also abused.n
Justice Morrison has been a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS for five years. He specializes in mediating commercial cases with an emphasis on healthcare and employment cases. He served nine years in the trial court and over 14 years on the California Third District Court of Appeal. During his tenure on the appellate bench, Justice Morrison authored over 160 published opinions. His diverse judicial and legal experience include administrative law, business and commercial, eminent domain, employment, estates and probate, family law, healthcare, personal injury, and professional malpractice matters. He was recently the Ninth Circuit representative on the Board of Trustees for the American Inns of Court Foundation in Washington, D.C. He frequently teaches courses and lectures on arbitration, mediation, and appeals.