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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.