Perhaps the most obvious shift in day-to-day legal practice in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is the “new normal” of virtual meetings and court proceedings. While these can present some degree of challenge, video conferencing mediation instead of face-to-face mediation is perhaps one of the most challenging
This post sets forth fundamental tips to navigate a virtual mediation – and importantly – provides a reminder that many of the aspects of a successful mediation remain constant even during a time when so much of daily life feels variable.
Preparation: Several elements should be considered and discussed when preparing for a mediation session in order to achieve the most successful result.
- Goals: Consider and understand your goals. Clients and their counsel often discuss economic goals and alternatives, but should also identify non-economic sources of value. Sources of non-economic value may open up ways of satisfying opposing parties’ goals. For