MarieSarantakis

Taking the “Me” Out of Mediation

Law school molds us to be competitive. The courtroom encourages us to be adversarial. As law students, we sometimes forget that there is any other modus operandi other than being tough and unyielding. Ironically, often the opposite approach leads to satisfactory and meaningful outcomes for attorneys and clients alike. During my second year as a student at The John Marshall Law School, I began mediating small claims and custody cases in courthouses throughout the Chicago suburbs for the Center of Conflict Resolution. It is a volunteer position and a majority of the time I am dealing with pro se litigants. They…

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