Well that was unexpected…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on May 24, 2010 in The 2L Life | Subscribe

Sorry for not posting yesterday y’all, I actually fell asleep accidentally while reading for today’s classes1 :beatup:

The upside is that I was awake hours ahead of when I needed to leave for the Courthouse and my first day observing cases in mediation. I got through observing 1… then ended up having to actually mediate myself :surprised:

Yep, you read that correctly :)

The dispute was between two middle-aged women who had gotten into an altercation at work, and when the regular mediator and I first started talking to the parties it seemed like the case wasn’t the type that we could resolve through mediation. ┬áThe complainant said she was determined to have the criminal charges against the defendant heard in court and wouldn’t dismiss the case (which of course happens when a negotiated settlement takes place).

For reasons unknown to me, the complaining witness in the case didn’t like the regular mediator — at all. I noticed about 2 minutes into the mediation session that she started directing all of her comments and questions to me, even when I made it clear I was just a not-quite-2L who didn’t know the answers to many of her questions. About 15 minutes in (when we’ve essentially been conducting a mediation) she formally agrees to mediation, the mediator notices she doesn’t like him a couple minutes after that, then looks at me and says “You’ve got the training. Have at it.” :beatup:

The sudden and unexpected pressure of having to perform for srs was intense. I really wanted to :sick: and apparently my face went pale for a couple minutes before I snapped out of it.

But about 2ish loooooong hours later, we had an agreement in the case that both parties liked so it was officially a success! :D

Not sure I could replicate that with many other cases but it’s good to start on a high note. We’ll see what the rest of the Clinic work holds this summer.

Heading to bed so I can sleep in tomorrow morning :) Have a great night y’all! :D

  1. Which reminds me at some point I need to write an entry for TDot’s Tips #6: sleep! []

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5 Comments

Huma
May 25, 2010 at 12:59 AM

YAY! :D


 
Law School Ninja
May 25, 2010 at 1:52 AM

That’s so awesome! We had a brief unit on alternative dispute resolution in our Legal Practice class last semester and I really enjoyed it, to the point that I’m considering doing the 40-hour training to become certified in mediation. Maybe. Glad to hear you had a great real-life experience with it! Congrats!


 
Amanda
May 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM

good for you sir!


 
TDot
May 27, 2010 at 2:08 AM

Thanks everybody :D

@Ninja: I’d definitely recommend it :) Just be forewarned that 40 hours is loooooong :beatup:


 

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