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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.


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.

John Schorsch: Mediation as a Form of Dispute Resolution

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

A former Sergeant and Peace Officer for the Port of Seattle Police Department, John Schorsch currently serves as a Mediator for the Volunteers of America-Western Washington Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Skagit, and Island Counties. Mediation provides an alternative form of dispute resolution that seeks to help parties reach equitable settlement without involvement in a lawsuit.

During the mediation process, a trained, neutral third-party mediator facilitates negotiation between people involved in disputes. The mediator first lays the ground rules for the process. Next, all parties have the chance to tell their stories uninterrupted before the mediator asks open-ended questions in order to gather pertinent facts. Next, the mediator seeks to identify common goals between the people involved in the dispute and helps the parties brainstorm solutions.

Mediation can be used for dispute resolution in many cases, including civil disagreements, divorce, custody, and other situations that might otherwise end up in a lawsuit.