Five Excellent Articles for Mediators


There are many online resources for mediators.  Here are five articles which I have found incredibly useful. Bookmark this page and come back for more:

Bridging cultural gaps in mediation (Stringer, Lusardo)

This article is ostensibly about how to perform mediations in a culturally diverse environment.  However, it’s an excellent read on the principles of how to conduct mediations generally.

Writing VA Mediation Settlement Agreements (Veterans Administration)

Focussed on the Veteran’s Administration, this article suggests some sample ideas and terms for a final agreement to ensure that all issues are surrounded and covered.

Drafting Enforceable Settlement Agreements (Friedman/Wilkes)

This one, although focused on California and discussing CA case law, raises some good issues about dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s, and the points made are likely relevant in your jurisdiction.

Ladder of Inference (Mindspring)

This article shows how people have a tendency to jump to incorrect conclusions from basic facts, and suggests a method for processing information logically.

How To Stop Fighting (Conflict Resolution Information Center)

A seven-part online tutorial in how to stop interpersonal disagreements from escalating.

Please bookmark this page and come back to find more lists of excellent articles to help you expand your mediation knowledge.

Anthony Matthews is a mediator practicing in the San Fernando Valley and Online, with a private practice focusing on individual and small business disputes. He has a law degree from Cambridge, and also volunteers regularly for the Los Angeles Superior Court, mediating Small Claims, Civil Harassment, and Unlawful Detainer(Eviction) cases. If you have any questions or are interested in his mediation services, please contact him at mediator [at]


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