Paul Merlyn
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Paul Merlyn completed a graduate degree in International Relations with focus on dispute resolution from Lancaster University in 1993. He has also completed advanced training in parent-teen mediation, custody mediation, and victim-offender mediation and has mediated approximately 400 divorce, family, and workplace disputes. In addition to his work with New Resolution, he is a mediation coach for Foothill De Anza College’s mediation certificate program, a meetings facilitator for the City of San Francisco and the City of San Mateo, and a former board director of the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California. He is also an approved mediator for civil disputes by the Superior Court of San Francisco.
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New Resolution LLC now offers career opportunities to professional mediators seeking to build independent mediation practices. To learn more, please visit:

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Not Mea Culpa: Mediators' Talent for the Blame Game

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 2:12pm 1 Comment

Spend a little time inside any mediators’ discussion group and it won’t be long before someone complains how hard it is to be a full-time mediator. Interestingly, they invariably externalize blame, attributing it primarily to two causes: (i) prospective clients don’t understand mediation; and (ii) access to cases is controlled by lawyers or the courts.

Yet neither is true — or at least, neither is the show-stopper these hand-wringers would have us believe. Mediation has become…


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