We practice the facilitative model of mediation, rather than the evaluative model.
CMCRI mediators will not give legal advice, render any type of decision, or evaluate the strength of parties’ positions.
Parties meet face-to-face with each other and the mediators, breaking into individual caucus with the mediators where appropriate.
An attorney may be present in a support role for the client during the mediation.
An attorney may be present on site, but not actually in the mediation, as a support for the client.
An attorney may be “on call” for the client during the mediation. If the client has any questions during the mediation, the client can take a break to speak privately over the telephone with the attorney before resuming the mediation.
An attorney may always suggest to the client that the client have the attorney review any agreement before signing.
Where possible, we encourage parties to speak for themselves rather than have their attorney speak for them.