'Evaluative Mediation' is an Oxymoron

14 ALTERNATIVES TO THE HIGH COST OF LITIG. 31 (March 1996)

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Kimberlee K. Kovach

South Texas College of Law Houston

Lela P. Love

Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Date Written: March 1996

Abstract

An essential characteristic of mediation is facilitated negotiation wherein the mediator remains neutral throughout the process. Inconsistent with this role is an evaluative mediator who assesses the strengths and weaknesses of legal claims, proposes settlement terms, pushes parties to accept a particular settlement, and predicts court outcomes or the impact of not settling. A mediator’s assessment invariably favors one side over the other and jeopardizes neutrality. This article argues that mediation should stand as a distinct and clear-cut alternative to the evaluative and frequently highly-adversarial adjudicatory processes and that mediators should not evaluate.

Keywords: Mediation, Evaluative Mediation, Neutrality, Dispute Resolution, ADR

Suggested Citation

Kovach, Kimberlee K. and Love, Lela P., 'Evaluative Mediation' is an Oxymoron (March 1996). 14 ALTERNATIVES TO THE HIGH COST OF LITIG. 31 (March 1996). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2349775

Kimberlee K. Kovach

South Texas College of Law Houston ( email )

1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX 77002
United States

Lela P. Love (Contact Author)

Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law ( email )

55 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10003
United States
(212) 790-0365 (Phone)
(212) 790-0205 (Fax)

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