Recently, I was asked by the Executive Development Program department at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University (GMU) to speak at GMU's Antonin Scalia Law School to a visiting delegation from China organized by the Hubei Provincial Supreme People's Court. Participants were Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Deputy Directors of different courts in the Hubei Province of China. The delegation was in the U.S. to study Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and was interested in hearing about an overview of ADR, what the range of dispute resolution options include, and any other topics related to ADR.
No one in the group spoke English so we had the help of an intrepreter. My speech focused on Negotiation and Mediation and included a discussion about the ADR spectrum in the U.S, competitive versus interest-based negotiation, and the mediation process. Lots of questions were asked about court-referred mediations versus private cases I handle through Little Falls Mediation and about how to run a mediation practice! It was a lot of fun meeting and talking with these visiting lawyers and judges.
Ellice Halpern, J.D., is a Virginia Supreme Court certified general and family mediator.