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Online Mediation
Online Mediation

Online Dispute Resolution: The Time Is Now For Online Mediation

By: Jennifer Johnston Terando, R.N., Esq. An MCLA Certified Zoom Panel Mediator The roots of Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) trace back to eBay, which created an ODR program where, once a buyer or seller opened a claim, mediation was conducted through asynchronous email communications between an eBay mediator and the parties, individually. Since then, ODR has developed in additional formats from text programs, to artificial intelligence platforms, such as Smartsettle, where unique algorithms are subject to patent protection. As video-conferencing has reached new peaks of sophistication, ODR has expanded to include the hosting of “traditional” mediation, where mediators, lawyers and

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Los Angeles Superior Court
Mediation

MCLA Provides Online Mediations for LA Superior Court

Mediation Center of Los Angeles Now Provides Online “Vendor Resource List” Mediations for LA Superior Court The Mediation Center of Los Angeles (MCLA), one of three Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Mediation Resource List Vendors, provides high-quality, low-cost mediations to all civil litigants through its panel of independent qualified attorney-mediators, pursuant to specific rules and guidelines established by the Court and the MCLA. MCLA is also the only mediation resource vendor authorized by the LA Superior Court to conduct online mediations. Although other mediation services and providers may offer online mediations, MCLA panel members have been trained and certified that

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LASC Mediator Recognition Ceremony with LASC Judge Jessner and Judge Sinanian and MCLA's Myer Sankary,.
Mediation

LASC Honors MCLA in Recognition Ceremony

On March 19, 2019, LA Superior Court Judges Jessner and Sinanian honored Myer Sankary as Program Director of the Mediation Center of Los Angeles (MCLA) and all of the MCLA Mediators for their public service providing reduced-cost mediation to all civil litigants of the LASC.  

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Construction Dispute Prevention and Mediation
Dispute Prevention

Construction Dispute Prevention and Mediation

by Wean Khing Wong, Esq. Attorney & Mediator A previous version of this article, in Chinese, was first published in the Construction Guide, August 2018, by World Journal, USA at https://www.worldjournal.com/page-2018laconstruction Disputes are common in construction projects. In this short article, I will discuss a common dispute that I experience as a neutral mediator assigned to resolve the dispute, which is the disagreement between the contractor and client over the project. I will explain why it is important to submit construction disputes to mediation as early as possible. To Avoid a Disagreement Over a Construction Project: Before starting work, the

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MCLA Program Backround
Mediation

Mediation Center of Los Angeles Program Background

Mediation Center of Los Angeles Program Background The State of California has the largest court system in the world and the County of Los Angeles maintains the largest unified trial court system in the United States. Los Angeles Superior court (LASC) serves nearly 10 million residents of the county through nearly 600 courtrooms presided over by 550 bench officers. It handles unlimited civil matters in 70 courtrooms in 12 locations and files approximately 70,000 unlimited civil cases annually. Several years ago, this court system was abruptly forced close a number of its programs due to budgetary cuts. Entire district courts

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