This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with this year’s ADR Section Chair, Jennifer Bays Beinart of Bays Family Law.
Jennifer is trained in both family and civil mediation. The bulk of her mediation practice, however is in the family law realm.
As a child of divorce, Jennifer brings her experience and perspective to her practice. She believes that, through mediation, parents are provided the opportunity to work together to craft solutions that work best for their families. With judicial officers often only able to offer an hour or two of their time to hearing a family’s case, Jennifer is able to give her families the time and attention that they need to craft personal solutions for their disputes.
Jennifer recommends attorneys submit confidential mediation statements to mediators, like herself, at least a day or so in advance of the scheduled mediation. While it may not seem like a big deal, these statements, she relates, can tell a mediator how to set up a room, where or how to seat parties and give a mediator an idea of where to start the negotiations. This advance knowledge can spell the difference between a shorter mediation where a resolution is reached easily, and a day of hard negotiations on something that is not even an issue. They are a valuable tool in both counsel and mediator’s toolboxes and Jennifer loves getting them!
When not solving problems for families, Jennifer can be found hanging out with friends or hiking with her dog, Gideon, at Eagle Creek. She is also looking forward to a 2017 trip to see the Colts play in London!
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