If you couldn't get away to volunteer for the ADR Section's Spring Paternity Court Mediation Day, take a peek at these two recaps, one from a mediator and one from a law student, to see what you missed.
By Deanna A. Dean-Webster, Badeaux Dean-Webster LLP
On Friday, May 12, I had the privilege of serving as a mediator with the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Paternity Court Spring Mediation Day. There were ten mediators throughout the day providing pro bono service to income-constrained parents. While each mediator is assigned his/her own family, the novelty of having access to nine other dedicated mediators working at the same time towards one common goal of resolving pending litigated cases is a remarkable experience. If you are a registered domestic relations mediator, I urge you to contact the coordinator Phyllis Armstrong to volunteer for a half-day mediation. Phyllis has coordinated the bi-annual event for several years resulting in a well-organized, efficient day. Not only will you get satisfaction of providing some relief to our over-docketed Marion County Paternity Court, you will also be helping children while working with other family law practitioners and our paternity court magistrates in reducing mediated agreements to written, signed, approved, ordered and file-stamped orders all in the time span of 3 to 5 hours! Volunteer!
By Erika LH Bryant, McKinney School of Law
“An ounce of mediation is worth a pound of arbitration and a ton of litigation!” — Joseph Grynbaum. Mediation can save money, time, and avoid probable burdens of litigation. The IndyBar ADR Section's Paternity Court Spring Mediation Day ignited my interest in mediation and family law. For a law student, interacting with clients and observing live proceedings are invaluable. I thoroughly enjoyed the Mediation Day experience! I observed a mediation session, witnessed ideal client relation practices, asked questions about mediation processes, and reviewed documentation requirements. Coming into law school, I knew I wanted to help my community navigate through difficult life matters in some manner. Mediation is a cost-effective and time-saving method that can assist in evaluating situations and bring about resolutions. Presently, I know I must serve my community with one means of service being mediation. Thank you, IndyBar!
Below are photos of IndyBar mediators working with law students during Mediation Day.