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The Mediation Society is a non-profit organization based in Northern California that is composed of trained and experienced mediators who meet regularly to share information, develop mediation skills and techniques, and enjoy an atmosphere of fellowship among peers. To this end, the Society sponsors dinners, round tables and workshops in San Francisco featuring leading local, national and international speakers and subjects in the field of mediation. Membership in the Society and participation in its activities are intended to further the advancement of the practice of mediation, both locally and nationally, and to foster an appreciation for mediation as a valuable form of alternative dispute resolution.

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Michael Carbone

The Hopeless Case by Michael Carbone

Last month I received a letter from a lawyer who had appeared in a case that had just settled. He had said at the beginning of the mediation that he had little hope of settling because the other side was more interested in litigating. He thanked me for persisting to get the case resolved.

The lesson in this letter is that it is easy to misread the opposition. The attitudes that they display often create a perception that the parties are "too far apart."  Or, one or both parties may feel that the other side is being "unreasonable."

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* Michael P. Carbone is a dispute resolution specialist based in Point Richmond who handles all manner of civil cases throughout the Bay Area. He was a founder of The Mediation Society and served as its third president. For more information, go to www.mpcdisputeresolution.com.