February 03, 2015 06:00 PM - February 03, 2015 08:00 PM
Tuesday, Feb 3: How Attorneys Can Help, Not Hurt, the Mediation Process

Optimizing Attorney Involvement in Family Law Mediation

The mediation process can look quite different when separate attorneys are involved. Knowing what to do and not to do for your clients once one or both parties hires an attorney can help ensure a smooth process and successful outcome for everyone.

Participants will learn how to manage client expectations regarding the role of separate attorneys in all aspects of the mediation and how or whether to interact directly with consulting or representing attorneys. In addition, there will be a discussion about the possible changes in the process when attorneys attend the mediation or consult behind the scenes.

Topics covered will include:

  • How to foster synergy between professionals to improve services to shared clients
  • Tips for mediators working with consulting/representing attorneys
  • Guidance for attorneys supporting clients through mediation

Paula Lawhon

Paula is a full-time Mediator and Certified Specialist in Family Law, working to help families reach agreements together outside of court. She has practiced law for 15 years and has been mediating for 10 years. She started her own practice in San Francisco in 2005 and has two other attorney-mediators in her Family Law Mediation practice.

In addition to her work as a private mediator, Paula consults for individuals engaged in mediation elsewhere and also serves as a Settlement Conference Judge for the San Francisco Unified Family Law Courts.

Learn more about Paula:
Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.
JAMS - 2 Embarcadero Center 15th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111