Closing Plenary Session: Reimagining Mediation in the 21st Century (CME: General)
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About the Event
Host: Susan Marvin
Plenary Speaker: Alyson Carrel
What do you want the world to look like? If you could do this all over again, is there anything you would/ could have done differently? We ask our parties these questions all the time, but how often do we ask these questions to ourselves? What would we discover if we did? As much as mediation successfully saves time, saves money, lifts up voices, and repairs relationships, we face certain challenges and limitations. Research demonstrates that the general public still is not familiar with mediation, that Mediators still do not often reflect the community in which they serve, and some notable parties, such as Harvey Weinstein, have abused confidential processes and enacting NDAs to cover up rampant sexual harassment.
It is in this context that we need to ask ourselves how we might do better and enhance the mediation and settlement process in the 21st-Century. In some ways, the pandemic has forced us all to become ODR practitioners by moving our mediations online and reckoning with the benefits (and yes, limitations) of technology. But how else might this pandemic lead us to reimagine mediation and even embrace the potential benefits of technology beyond video conference software?
Professor Carrel will discuss her recent articles exploring how tools such as litigation analytics, collaborative document tools, and multi-party secure computation may enhance our practice, address longstanding debates or concerns, and reimagine mediation in the 21st century.