Mapping Mediation: The Risks of Riskin's Grid

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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: 1998

Abstract

The article responds to a grid created by Leonard Riskin to describe mediator orientations. As Riskin’s Grid indicates, many mediators in practice evaluate the fair or likely court outcome when necessary to move forward on a particular issue or on the entire dispute. While this article addresses the dangers of such evaluations if characterized as mediation, in certain instances "mixed' evaluative and facilitative processes nonetheless can prove useful. The article asserts that evaluations by a neutral should not be called "mediation" and that sufficient time exists to remap mediation, particularly in the context of current efforts to regulate the profession. Moreover, the article argues that maps of the mediation process should outline a paradigm that sharply differs from the adjudicative norm, a paradigm that has party self-determination, rather than intervener evaluation and direction, as its primary value.

Keywords: Mediation, ADR, Dispute Resolution, Riskin’s Grid, Evaluative Mediation, Facilitative Mediation, Leonard Riskin

Suggested Citation

Kovach, Kimberlee K. and Love, Lela P., Mapping Mediation: The Risks of Riskin's Grid (1998). Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Vol. 3, No. 71, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2350957

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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