Mediation Versus Traditional Courtroom Litigation




Public service professional Jon Schorsch was formerly a sergeant at the Port of Seattle Police Department. Active in civil service, Jon Schorsch volunteers with Volunteers of America – Mediation, a service offered by the national nonprofit organization.

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution where a neutral third party helps individuals or groups in conflict come up with an agreeable solution. It can often serve as an alternative to the formal court process. Neutral mediators sit down with the parties in conflict and work together toward realizing a mutually agreeable solution.

Mediation has a number of benefits, including:

– Affordability 

It is more cost-effective to settle a dispute through mediation than through the court system. This is because there are no legal fees, court filing fees, or related litigation costs.

– Quick resolution of disputes

Mediation usually takes days or weeks, unlike the court process which can drag on for months or even years. Because it is informal, the parties can engage more and even set up a convenient schedule that allows them to dispense with the matter quickly.

– Confidential 

Unlike court proceedings which are public, mediation is usually conducted in a private setting.

– Win-win 

Mediators focus on helping the parties come up with a mutually agreeable solution. It is different from the court process, where a third party makes a final determination which may favor one side while leaving the other disappointed with the outcome.


Mill Creek Community Church Hosts Sunday Contemporary Service

February 25, 2018 Leave a comment


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Mill Creek Community Church

With an extensive career in law enforcement, Jon Schorsch is a former police sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department in Seattle, Washington. Active in his community, Jon Schorsch belongs to the Mill Creek Community Church (MCCC).

MCCC connects people through worship, prayer, and generosity. The biblically centered church cultivates spiritual growth and strives to build relationships through a walk with God. MCCC began in 1989 as a church plant for the Christian Reformed Church and moved into its current building in 2001.

Worshipers can attend the MCCC contemporary service on Sundays at 10 a.m. Children aged 3 and younger can stay in the nursery, while kids through fifth grade can attend Sunday school classes and stay with their parents for the rest of the service. When the service ends, congregants can visit the prayer room to pray alone or with others.

A Snapshot of COBRA Benefits

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Mediation under Volunteers of America

February 7, 2018 Leave a comment


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Volunteers of America Mediation

An attorney and former police officer, Jon Schorsch is experienced in the many facets of employment law, labor relations, and civil and criminal investigations. Passionate about community service, Jon Schorsch supports Volunteers of America Mediation, an organization that promotes mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution.

Mediation is a form of conflict resolution where people with a dispute sit together in the presence of an impartial mediator to discuss the problem and find a mutually-agreeable solution. The process is voluntary and absolutely confidential. It can be used to settle family, neighborhood, workplace, landlord/tenant, and business disputes.

During mediation, the mediator, a neutral third party, will begin by explaining the mediation process and setting out the procedure for everyone to follow. Next, each party will make his or her statement without interruption, and then the mediator will facilitate discussion while working toward a mutually-agreeable solution. Negotiation is done without violating the requirements of good faith and open communication. Once an agreeable solution is arrived at, it is put in writing.

Volunteer Mediation: A Peaceful Way to Resolve Differences, By Jon Schorsch

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Volunteers of America, Western Washington chapter, offers a variety of helpful services to Seattle and the surrounding communities. Among other services, the organization provides mediation and facilitation for those who need it. Mediation refers to aiding in disagreements between separate parties, whereas facilitation is the process of remedying internal conflicts between the members of a group. By taking advantage of Volunteers of America’s mediation and facilitation service, many disputes and interpersonal conflicts can be resolved without having to resort to more drastic methods such as going through the legal system.

The mediation/facilitation process is totally voluntary and confidential. Mediators are trained to remain neutral and work with both parties to help reach a compromise that is agreeable all around. Moreover, mediation services are available for many common types of disagreement. Mediators are on hand to help figure out problems between tenants and landlords, neighbors, and family members, as well as to resolve consumer complaints and more. Facilitation services likewise provide a way to find a compromise on which every member of a group with the same interest, such as a neighborhood association or parent-teacher association, can agree.

Taking advantage of Volunteers of America’s mediation services has several benefits. By bringing a dispute to mediation, a win-win outcome with input from both sides can often be achieved. Additionally, the mediation system is much faster and cheaper than the formal court system. Best of all, mediation has a very high rate of resolution.

About the author: Jon Schorsch is a former police officer and police sergeant for the Port of Seattle. Jon Schorsch volunteers as a mediator with the Volunteers of America of Western Washington.

Highlighting Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Balanced Man Program, by Jon Schorsch

February 12, 2013 Leave a comment

With 300,000 lifetime members, the national Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity distinguishes itself in the collegiate Greek system by offering a four year development curriculum called the Balanced Man Program. Instead of potential members undergoing a pledge process, the fraternity recruits new men through current SigEp members at campus chapters across the country. Throughout the length of the individualized program, SigEps cultivate leadership and life expertise while maintaining a concentration on scholarship.

As a part of the Balanced Man curriculum, SigEp members partake in challenges focusing on personal advancement by promoting healthy habits for life. Skills fostered through the program include establishing a personal fitness regimen, refining time management, learning etiquette, and cooking. Members also interact with assigned mentors farther along in the program, as well as alumni.

Another important portion of the SigEp Balanced Man Program is community service. The fraternity partnered with the not-for-profit organization YouthAIDS to launch a national HIV/AIDS campaign at several universities. Across the United States, SigEp members are educating fellow college students about the disease and engaging in fundraising efforts on university campuses. In addition, fraternity brothers regularly volunteer at charities and service organizations including the American Red Cross and the American Diabetes Association.

Launched at Richmond College (now known as the University of Richmond) in 1901, SigEp was built on the virtues of diligence, virtue, and brotherly love. Fraternity headquarters remain in Richmond.

Jon Schorsch is an alumnus of Washington State University and lifetime Sigma Phi Epsilon member. He currently resides in Bothell, Washington.


Jon Schorsch with an Overview of Jiu-Jitsu

January 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Jiu-jitsu is a martial art form dating back to 16th-century Japan. In simple terms, the discipline involves reflecting the movements of the attacker back onto him or her. Additionally, it incorporates small weaponry, defensive tactics, and joint locks with conserved energy. The practice also emphasizes gentleness and learning how to focus and be calm, leading to more refined students. Students use flowing, circular motions, and many spectators find the sport to be beautiful and mesmerizing.

The sport became popular during the Tokugawa Shogunate, which outlawed weapons to most Japanese citizens. Jiu-jitsu includes movements and actions that are extremely useful when neither party has a weapon, including joint locking, which can effectively disarm an opponent. Unlike other martial arts, jiu-jitsu is a defensive practice. Students will learn how to surrender as well as how to be patient during a conflict. The practice is often taught in self-defense classes.

Jiu-jitsu was introduced to the United States in the 20th century and a regulatory organization, the Ju-Jitsu International Federation, was introduced with the intent of providing structure to the sport.

About the author: Jon Schorsch practices jiu-jitsu and skis year-round to stay in shape. Professionally, he has spent more than a decade involved in the police force, including four years as a sergeant.