How Many Mediators Does It Take?

The 17th Annual Dispute Resolution Conference, an outstanding event sponsored by the Washington Law School Foundation ,the WSBA ADR Section, the King County Bar Association ADR Section, Resolution Washington and the Washington Mediation Association, was held last Friday and Saturday.

Lela Love, an accomplished Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution and the Cardozo Mediation Clinic, spoke on the challenges for dispute resolution providers in 2010 and beyond.

Humor can make a powerful point! Professor Love demonstrated this by telling a pointed joke which cleverly sums up the difference between litigation, arbitration and mediation….it went something like this:

• How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: How many can you afford?

• How many judges does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: They do not change light bulbs, they tell you who is responsible for the darkness.

• How many arbitrators does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Same as judges, but you cannot appeal.

• How many mediators does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Mediators do not change light bulbs either; they help the light bulbs change themselves!

What do you think?

~Debra

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