Message from the Chair
I am happy to say that the November 18, 2005 CLE program on mediation skills held in Springfield at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library was a success.
News and events
MTI is coordinating an effort to elect mediators to public office in the United States and other democracies.
Ombudsmen: Part III
In the previous two issues of In the Alternative, the role of the ombudsmen has been introduced and the privilege of confidentiality with respect to an ombudsmen has been discussed.
Restorative justice around the world
A shift in views about crime has been seen around the world. As the view of crime has shifted back to being viewed as a violation against a person as apposed to against the state there has been a worldwide criminal justice reform (Van Ness, 1996, 2005).
When is a settlement a settlement?
Despite the wealth of case law enforcing oral settlements and the long-standing tendency of courts to favor compromise and settlement, the enforceability of an oral agreement reached at mediation appears to depend upon the location of the mediation.