Arbitration, Mediation, and Conciliation

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The career cluster on which I chose to do my report is that of arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators. Individuals in these positions are facilitators of negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue, and they are charged with the duty of resolving conflicts outside of court by achieving mutual agreement of all of the parties involved. Mediation is one of the forms of alternative dispute resolution meant to resolve any and all disputes between two parties with concrete effects. Mediators reduce the cost of the United States judicial system, making courts cheaper for both the state and the plethora of plaintiffs and defendants who bring cases into the court system. If a case is resolved before going to court through mediation, a considerable amount of time is also saved by all of the parties involved, including potential juries, judiciaries, and attorneys. According to the U.S. News and World Report, the school with the best mediation program is the Pepperdine University School of Law, located in Malibu, California. The Pepperdine University School of Law is a member of the Global Justice program that works to further international human rights, religious freedom, global development, and the rule of law. This school also offers the opportunity for students to participate in legal journals and even obtain a Masters of Dispute Resolution. Mediators are only required to obtain a Bachelor’s degree, but several hours of additional training are required to become a certified mediator. In Virginia, there is no exact education requirement for a mediator, as is the case in many other states, and parties can choose any mediator. However, in order for a mediator to receive a court referral in a general district court, he or she must ... ... middle of paper ... ... is never to pick a “winner,” but to decide what is fair for both parties. As a mediator, I feel that I could reduce the burden of our judicial system and encourage disputants to agree with one another rather than force them into a situation deemed fair by the court, especially in civil cases. Works Cited: "Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators." Virginia Career VIEW. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2013. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2013. "Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators Careers - Job Description, Video Overview and Salary Information." U.S. News University Directory. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013. "Pepperdine University." US News & World Report. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2013. "Mediator: Career Information." Career Planning. N.p., 2011. Web. 11 Dec. 2013. "Summary." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.
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