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Party Participation and Voice in Mediation


Roselle Wissler


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

2011

Dispute Resolution Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 20, 2011

Abstract:     
The present article examines lawyers’ presence in mediation, party participation and voice using data from exit surveys of parties who attended court-connected mediation in either general civil cases or domestic relations cases. Lawyers’ presence in mediation seemed to have a larger effect on party participation than on parties’ sense of voice. Parties’ level of participation during mediation was related to whether they felt they had voice. But some parties who did little or no talking, or whose lawyers talked a lot, still felt they had voice. Voice had stronger and more consistently favorable relationships with parties’ assessments of mediation than did how much the parties or their lawyers talked. These findings suggest that to enhance parties' experience in mediation, lawyers and mediators need to both facilitate parties’ participation and ensure that parties feel their views are expressed.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 2

Keywords: Mediation, Procedural Justice, Empirical Research

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Date posted: November 5, 2011  

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Wissler, Roselle, Party Participation and Voice in Mediation (2011). Dispute Resolution Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 20, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1954228

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Roselle Wissler (Contact Author)
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
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