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Lawyers, Mediation, and the Management of Divorce Practice

Craig A. McEwen, Lynn Mather and Richard J. Maiman
Law & Society Review
Vol. 28, No. 1 (1994), pp. 149-186
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3054140
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3054140
Page Count: 38
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Abstract

Despite a widespread assumption that divorce mediation and divorce lawyers are incompatible, lawyers do play active-if largely unexamined-roles in many mediation programs. This article reports on the work of lawyers in a state with mandatory mediation. We find that lawyers in Maine have generally embraced mediation because it helps them manage problems inherent in divorce practice. Mandated divorce mediation facilitates both settlement negotiation and trial preparation, permits client participation in decisionmaking without requiring lawyers to surrender control, provides a forum for resolving both legal and nonlegal issues, and promotes efficient case management.

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