Orlando Mediator Lawrence Kolin explores current issues in Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation and arbitration of complex cases by neutrals resulting in settlement of state and federal litigation and appeals. This blog covers a wide variety of topics-- local, national, and international-- and includes the latest on technology and Online Dispute Resolution affecting sophisticated lawyers and parties to lawsuits.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Finally, a TV show about a mediator
Fairly Legal debuted last week on USA network. While suffering from some of the same flaws as normal legal television dramas, it was at least humorous and endeavored to show the difficulties one has when dealing with positional bargaining. Of course, the ethical rules are stretched a bit and the profession is portrayed unrealistically in that we are really helpful in clearing dockets, not adverse to the court system (unlike the judge in the show who cuffs the female protagonist in contempt for being late to report her settlement). Nonetheless, bringing attention to alternative dispute resolution is never a bad thing! Here's a link to one review: http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2011/01/20/a_middling_tale_of_a_promising_mediator_in_usas_fairly_legal/
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