Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state. The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.
What is Mediation?
People and groups sometimes find themselves in conflicts that they cannot resolve on their own. Mediation is an alternative to litigation that allows parties to control the process of resolving their dispute in a neutral, confidential, and orderly setting.
The role of the mediator is to facilitate discussion of the parties’ interests, promote understanding of each others’ positions, and ultimately help the parties create a solution that satisfies both.
Mediation has become one of the most widely accepted methods of alternative dispute resolution. Although mediators have no authoritative decisionmaking power, as neutral third parties they can facilitate communications between the parties, assist in identifying issues, and help the parties explore a mutually acceptable settlement. All mediation proceedings are conducted in complete confidence in accordance with state law. Mediation can result in a written, binding agreement, or a less formal outcome.