Celebrate Mediation Week In Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Mayor, Phil Gordon, has recognized October 16, 2011 through October 22, 2011 as “Mediation Week.”  Mayor Gordon, proclaimed this honor in recognition of the Alternative Dispute Section of the State Bar of Arizona (the “ADR Section”) promotion of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution services to “citizens, families, businesses and government bodies…”  The Mayor also recognized the commitment of those that utilize mediation to “innovation in problem-solving and the application of creative dispute resolution options when faced with complex issues and disputes…”  In addition, the proclamation acknowledged the ADR Section for promoting education and the resolution of issues “in a civil manner…”   The Mayor points out that mediation is being used in the work place to assist in communication and problem solving as well as to resolve issues between “companies, individuals, groups, units and individuals.”

Why should you celebrate Mediation Week?  Mediation is an alternative to litigation and ongoing conflict.  It uses a neutral professional trained in conflict resolution to resolve disputes out of court and without all of time, risk, cost, stress and bad publicity that comes with litigation. It is confidential, binding and effective (ending conflict an estimated 88 percent of the time).  Ending conflict is good for the people or entities in conflict. Businesses and the government save money and become more efficient; individuals are able to move on with their lives in a productive manner.  In the case of family law matters, the parties (especially those with children) are able to get through a difficult period in their lives with minimal trauma and financial fallout. Mediation is good for Arizona businesses and its families.

How should you celebrate Mediation Week?

  1. Commit to ending your litigation amicably.  If you are in litigation, ask the other party to join you in setting up a mediation.
  2. Commit to ending other conflicts by looking for peaceful solutions for yourself or others in your community.  Life is too short to be in conflict. Talking, problem-solving and working together can lead to satisfying results.
  3. Have a barbeque (why not?  It works for other celebrations).

Alona M. Gottfried is a mediator, attorney and a Board Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Arizona.  If you have questions about mediation, she can be reached at: 480-998-1500 or alona@sglawaz.com.  This is a general interest article only and is not intended to be legal advice.  See a legal professional before making legal decisions. 

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Alona M. Gottfried, Esq.
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