A mediator is a neutral individual who facilitates the resolution of a legal issue between parties. A mediator is not a judge or an arbitrator and does not decide which party is “right.” Rather, a mediator assists parties in arriving at a compromise to find a win-win resolution to their disagreement.
Mediators can work in a variety of settings including community mediation centers, court-appointed programs, government programs, or a private office. Mediators can specialize in a practice area (such a family law or mortgage foreclosures), or mediators can have a more general practice (such as commercial litigation).
If you are interested in a career in mediation, these are some helpful websites to visit: National Association for Community Mediators (www.nafcm.org); National Center for State Courts (www.ncsoline.org); Florida State Courts Alternative Dispute Resolution (http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/adr/index.shtml).