Glen Cove: Mediation Achieves What Litigation Cannot
20 CONSENSUS 1 (Oct. 1993) (A quarterly newsletter of the MIT-Harvard Public Dispute Program) reprinted in 12 THE NEW YORK MEDIATOR, (Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program of the Unified Court System of the State of New York) (Fall/Winter, 1993-94)
2 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2013 Last revised: 18 Nov 2013
Date Written: Fall/Winter 1993-94
The city of Glen Cove, Long Island, and Central American refugees who sought day labor at a "shaping point" in Glen Cove experienced a bitter and protracted controversy in the late 1980s. After nearly two years of litigation, the parties decided to attempt to work out their differences in mediation. The mediation process proved fruitful in resolving not only the issues being litigated, but also many other issues that, although not causes for legal action, were nonetheless extremely important to the individuals and groups involved. Agreements the parties reached called for ongoing collaborative efforts on many fronts, transforming an adversarial contest into a community collaboration.
Keywords: Mediation, Dispute Resolution, ADR, Glen Cove, shaping point
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