The Role of Lawyers in Family Mediation

The jewish family and child services experience

Through his involvement in the design of a pilot mediation program for the Jewish Family and Child Service (JF&CS), Warren Morris has had the opportunity to examine the role of legal counsel in the family mediation process. Part II of the paper offers an overview of the project and provides some context. Part III outlines the potential for various levels of lawyer involvement in the family mediation process. In Part IV, an analysis is made of the lawyer’s role in family mediation. Finally, Part V concludes with the protocol wording adopted by the JF&CS pilot family mediation project and some general conclusions concerning the role of lawyers in family mediation.