Mediation and newer forms of dispute resolution provide much-needed options to the traditional litigation forum. The adversary process is too contentious, expensive and time-consuming for many disputes. Nevertheless, some thoughtful lawyers and legal scholars voice concern that mediation may cut short legal developments on important issues of public concern and reinforce existing power disparities between parties.' Traditional commitment to mediator neutrality may undermine protection of parties' legal rights.
Judith L. Maute,
Mediator Accountability: Responding to Fairness Concerns,
1990 J. Disp. Resol.
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