What Mediation can And Cannot Do - Chapter 6 - AAA Handbook on Mediation - Third Edition
Ira B. Lobel
Ira B. Lobel has a private practice exclusively devoted to mediation and arbitration. He is a Member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He was a Commissioner of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service from 1974 until 2003. Lobel received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Catholic University. He is the author numerous articles on alternative dispute resolution. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A school district has had several budget defeats and the teachers’ union continues to complain that the wage offer is not sufficient. A strike appears imminent.
A husband and wife are having a particularly nasty divorce. Each accuses the other of all sorts of crimes, including kidnapping the children. The differences between the spouses continue and the children are caught in between.
A government agency has published a new regulation on a technical scientific matter. Affected parties immediately start complaining that the regulation is ill-conceived and technically inaccurate. Lawsuits against the proposed regulation are certain.
A tenant keeps complaining about the heat in his apartment. The landlord basically tells the tenant to get lost. Fisticuffs follow and the matter is brought before the local magistrate.
A multimillion-dollar civil matter has been filed in the courts. After years of discovery, pre-trial motions and depositions before trial, the parties realize that the main beneficiaries of the litigation will be the lawyers.