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“Meddlers” or “Guardians”: VLS Event to Explore Mediation’s Role

October 5, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School's Dispute Resolution Program will mark its 30th anniversary on Wed., Oct. 12 with a conference that explores the controversy, current status and future prospects of mediation in the public arena. The "Mediator and Public Policy" event starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Chase Community Center.Image of shaking hands

The 10 a.m. panel, titled "Activist Mediators: Unethical Meddlers or Guardians of Durable Solutions?," brings together the authors of three seminal articles, published in the Vermont Law Review in 1981, that launched an ongoing nationwide discussion of the role of mediation in public conflicts.

"Three giants in the field of mediation will revisit a 30-year-old debate that's been discussed in over 100 law review articles, numerous books and countless conferences," said Associate Professor Sean Nolon, director of VLS's Dispute Resolution Program. "These panelists have vastly divergent views of how mediators should be accountable to the parties in a dispute and are not shy about expressing their disagreements."

Following the conference, VLS and Pepperdine University Law School will co-host the fifth annual East Coast Professional Skills Program Oct. 13-15 in Woodstock, where national leaders in dispute resolution join participants from around the world in an intensive three-day training program.

VLS's Dispute Resolution Program lets students explore more efficient and cooperative processes for dispute resolution through clinics, courses, conferences, workshops and research offerings.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, home: 802.649.2235, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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