The discussion I posted on LinkedIN has taken on a life of its own. I strongly encourage you to take a look by using this link: LinkedIN (http://www.linkedin.com/home?trk=hb_tab_home)
There was one comment from a very well know, very well respected (NON-ATTORNEY) mediator whom most of you have probably used, and was my instructor at Pepperdine University: Lee Jay Berman.
In response to the discussion question: Should a Mediator Also Be An Attorney?, Lee Jay wrote…
Should a school teacher also be a licensed child psychologist? It might help. Shouldn’t all police officers be required to be certified as mediators? All sports writers should be former athletes. Oh, and all weather reporters should be descendants of mother nature. Shouldn’t all business consultants hold a CPA license? In fact, shouldn’t everyone have a license of some kind? Shouldn’t the government, or better yet, some self-appointed body, decide who should get to do what? And everyone without a license should be relegated to farming and manual labor.
p.s. did you ever notice that the people who are debating this at all of your mediation conferences are probably not the ones out making six figures by actually being mediators?
It’s like one of those perfect Hallmark Cards…there’s nothing else to say except Amen. Thank you Lee Jay!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Seth J. Davis, Mediator