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Inside the Caucus: An Empirical Analysis of Mediation from within


Daniel M. Klerman


USC Gould School of Law

Lisa Klerman


USC Gould School of Law

July 24, 2014

USC Legal Studies Research Papers Series No. 14-31
USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS14-25

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This article provides a rare glimpse into the worlds of mediation and settlement negotiation. Because they are almost always private, there has been almost no empirical analysis of the dynamics of settlement or mediation. This article analyzes a unique data set derived from a mediator’s contemporaneous notes of more than four hundred mediations. Nearly all the cases involved employment disputes, such as claims of discrimination or wrongful termination. Among the most interesting facts uncovered by this analysis are the following. Mediation can be extremely effective in facilitating settlement. The mediator studied here achieved a settlement rate of over 94%. There are very few gender differences, whether one looks at the gender of the plaintiff or the gender of the lawyers. For example, settlement rates are the same for male and female plaintiffs and lawyers. On average, cases settle much closer to the defendant’s first offer than the plaintiff’s, irrespective of case type, size of law firm, or other factors. A mediator’s proposal appears to be the most effective mediation technique. A mediator’s proposal was used in almost ninety-percent of cases, and, when it was used, the settlement rate was over ninety-nine percent.

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Date posted: July 24, 2014 ; Last revised: July 29, 2014

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Klerman, Daniel M. and Klerman, Lisa, Inside the Caucus: An Empirical Analysis of Mediation from within (July 24, 2014). USC Legal Studies Research Papers Series No. 14-31; USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS14-25. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2471076 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2471076

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Daniel M. Klerman (Contact Author)
USC Gould School of Law ( email )
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Lisa Klerman
USC Gould School of Law ( email )
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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