A Closer Look at Settlement Week

Dispute Resolution Magazine, Vol. 4, p. 28, 1998

1 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2010

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Roselle Wissler

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

This article reports findings from an empirical study of Settlement Week mediation in four general civil trial courts. Nearly all parties and lawyers had favorable assessments of the mediation process, the mediator and, in cases that settled, the agreement. The only mediator qualification that increased the likelihood of settlement was the mediators' level of mediation experience. The mediators' hours of training, years in law practice, and expertise in the subject matter of the case were not related to settlement. Although the mediators' recommending a particular resolution increased the likelihood of settlement, it did so at the expense of parties' perceptions of fairness. Findings regarding the effect of other mediator qualifications and actions on settlement and on participants' assessments are also discussed.

Keywords: mediation, Settlement Week, mediators

Suggested Citation

Wissler, Roselle, A Closer Look at Settlement Week (1998). Dispute Resolution Magazine, Vol. 4, p. 28, 1998, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1724726

Roselle Wissler (Contact Author)

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University ( email )

111 E. Taylor St.
Mail code 9520
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467
United States

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