Cherryh has a series of novels where the protagonist is a mediator. The following are some links to materials that would help anyone trying to use a mediator as a protagonist.
Negotiation Skills Fundamental in Teaching -
VideoBarbara McAdoo discusses why a
negotiation class is the most important class a law school student can take.
Transparency and Clarification - VideoBarbara McAdoo
emphasizes the importance of clearly defining what the party is and is not
getting through mediation.
Mediate.com InterviewThis is the complete interview with
McAdoo, longtime mediator and faculty at Hamline Law School, filmed as part
of Mediate.com's "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series.
Disappointing that Mediation is not Defined -
VideoBarbara McAdoo shares her
disappointment with how the field has not been defined and how mediators cannot
communicate what mediation is to consumers.
Importance of Defining Mediation - VideoBarbara McAdoo
explains reasons why the mediation profession should be clearly defined.
McAdoo, Barbara: Ethical
Issues with Judge - VideoBarbara McAdoo shares an anecdote
about a judge who revealed to her that he mediates all his cases before he tries
Barbara McAdoo: High
School Project Leads to 'Helping' Values - VideoBarbara
McAdoo shares a life-changing experience she had as a senior in high school when
she chose to do a project on segregation.
McAdoo, Barbara: Lack of
Research - VideoBarbara McAdoo observes the little
research that has compared parties' settlements and experience from mediation to
parties' settlements through other processes.
McAdoo, Barbara: Seeing
Litigation as Wrong Path in Many Cases - VideoBarbara
McAdoo speaks of her experience with litigation and feeling like the clients
were not addressing the problem in the right way. She felt they could have
communicated more openly and directly with each other.
Consequences From Spread of Mediation - VideoBarbara
McAdoo discusses that the spread of mediation is what most pleases her about the
field. However, she is also concerned with the institutionalization of the
McAdoo, Barbara: Neutral
Evaluation - VideoBarbara McAdoo shares her concern
with mediators not being able to clearly define what mediation is compared to
neutral evaluation as well as the acceptable, ethical boundaries that each has.
McAdoo, Barbara: Lawyers
Need Communication Skills - VideoBarbara McAdoo
describes her concern with lawyers waiting for mediators or others to be able to
relate bad news or other news to their clients.
A Style Index for
MediatorsThe Mediator Classification Index
(MCI) is designed to assist in understanding the approach or style a mediator
tends to use during the mediation process. The MCI is a valuable tool which you
may ask prospective mediators to complete as part of the mediator selection
process. This is also a valuable tool for mediator