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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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Mediation Confidentiality by Rod Thompson

(Article originally published on 6-10-2016 in http://www.callawyer.com/2016/06/mediation-confidentiality/)

The assurance of confidentiality in mediation is essential to the success and integrity of the process. Knowing that everything said or done in mediation will remain confidential allows parties to confide with the mediator more freely. It opens the door to frank and honest discussion. Indeed, candor with, and full disclosure to, the mediator in confidence can be the key to a successful resolution of even the bitterest of controversies.

And when we’re talking about “everything” said or done in mediation, we mean everything, including but not limited to preliminary emails and phone calls, follow-up communications, written statements, and the parties’ respective negotiating positions.

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* Rod Thompson is a partner at Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco, where he handles civil litigation as trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator.