Document Type

Article

Publication Year

2001

Journal Title

Dispute Resolution Magazine

ISSN

1077-3592

Abstract

Maybe I’ve been thinking about evolution more than is normal for the average lawyer. I have a 5-year-old son who is fascinated by every species of dinosaur. As a result, I read to my son nearly every night about the events and the evolving cast of creatures that populated the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Since the Triassic period began 240 million years ago, this provides a real sense of perspective.

I wonder how Charles Darwin would use his theory of evolution to explain the many strange and wonderful variations of mediation that have flowered in the past decade. And although there seems to be increasing tolerance and even appreciation for different approaches to mediation - evaluative, facilitative, transformative, broad, narrow - I wonder how Darwin would react to the strong opinions expressed by many mediators, regulators and commentators about what mediation is and is not.

First Page

20

Last Page

24

Num Pages

5

Issue Number

2

Publisher

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

FIle Type

PDF

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