Mediator’s Opening Statement

Mike was excited.  The classes were over at last, the internship was done, and he’d been approved for the civil panel. Today was his first solo mediation. He opened the door and strode in.  The lawyers and their clients looked up expectantly at Mike. He froze.  What should he say next?Where we begin a journey depends largely on where we want to end it.  In the same way, how a mediator begins a session depends largely on his or her goals.  The mediator’s opening statement is more than a personal introduction. It serves multiple purposes, each important to the success of the process:

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