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    300-500 words on an internet article regarding (choose 1) mediation, negotiation, arbitration or litigation.

    The article should reflect the following:

    * How does article relate to real life
    * Focus of the article
    * Outcomes
    * How the situations began and evolved
    * How the situation was resolved
    * Personal Thoughts

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    I located a descriptive article on Mediation, and also provided a ink to other articles. I also provided the article at the end of this response for easy referencing.


    1. Internet Article Summary - 300-500 words on an internet article regarding (choose 1) mediation, negotiation, arbitration or litigation.

    The article is about mediation and titled: How Does The Mediation Process Work? written by Jessica A. Stepp (2003). The article has one main focus, and that is to provide an overview of the mediation process.

    When using the medication process as described by Strepp (2003), it can be applied to any real life situation that requires mediation, such as divorce settlements, etc.

    Because it is a descriptive article, describing the process of mediation, there are no outcomes states. However, the outcomes are determined in a 6 step process involved in formal mediation; 1) introductory remarks, 2) statement of the problem by the parties, 3) information gathering time, 4) identification of the problems, 5) bargaining and generating options, and 6) reaching an agreement (Strepp, 2003).

    Strepp (2003) describes each step of formal mediation in some detail. In summary, the introductory statement will "set out the ground rules for the mediation." Then, the mediator will get each party to describe their perspective of the problem. In the information gathering step, the mediator summarizes and builds rapport with the clients. In identifying the problem the mediator tries to find common ground and which problem to give priority to. In this sense the final step's goal is "to find some common ground by exploring lots of options, and to bring about possible solutions for the parties to think about. Parties can also entertain alternative solutions to their problems without committing themselves to offer the solutions as concessions" (Strepp, 2003).

    Mediation seems to be a good alternative given the comprehensive steps, as described by Strepp (2003), to come up with a solution, ...

    Solution Summary

    Locates and provides a summary of an article on mediation on several dimensions, i.e. focus of the article, outcomes, etc.