Lawyers are trained for battle. Law school taught us that the way to the “truth” was an adversarial system that accepted no prisoners. Cross-examination was the way to the truth and I’ll admit there’s nothing more satisfying than a cross-examination which completely decimates the opposing party. No prisoners. Think of Tom Cruise cross-examining Jack Nicholson….

Is Mediation a sign of weakness? I’m a litigator and I’m also a mediator. I get it. Clients who believe in the value of their claim see mediation as a sign of weakness. If you’ve been seriously injured, accepting less than the “full” value of your claim is a concession you don’t want to make….

Today, I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mediation center at the federal courthouse in Scranton. The guest list included all of the Middle District judges and the panel of certified mediators. It’s really a beautiful facility and will include video conferencing capability. Chief Judge Conner and mediation coordinator, Joe Barrett, spoke briefly…