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Part 1 of 3: Foreclosure Mediation Best Practices

Heather Scheiwe Kulp, March 1st, 2012

With the proliferation of foreclosure mediation programs, legislation, and reports, states and other entities attempting to create such programs need clear, expert guidance about lessons learned during foreclosure mediation’s four-year history. Especially with additional funding from the 49 state attorney general foreclosure settlement, states have the powerful opportunity to create high quality mediation programs. This report, which will be featured in three parts on this blog, highlights wisdom collected from existing programs, failed attempts to create programs, and mediation’s long history of success in resolving court-based and other types of disputes. The first section is on how to begin a foreclosure mediation program to ensure its success.

PROGRAM BEGINNINGS

Set Goals and Define Success

The initial step of gathering everyone in a room to talk about goals is a difficult one, but is essential for the subsequent foreclosure mediation program to succeed. (more…)

Requiring Court ADR Programs to Provide Interpreters: Increasing Access to Justice, and Costs

Jessica Glowinski, August 19th, 2011

This month’s “Be Neutral” newsletter from the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution highlighted the Georgia Supreme Court’s revised rule on providing interpreter services for people with limited English proficiency. The rule now requires the court to provide free access to interpreters for all court-managed functions, including court alternative dispute resolution programs. (more…)

How the Feds Might Fund Mediation

Heather Scheiwe Kulp, March 21st, 2011

As state politicians argue over budget cuts, innovative programs are often the first to go. Mediation is no exception.

Santa Barbara’s 30-year-old landlord-tenant mediation program was threatened when the City Council couldn’t figure out how to fund (more…)

VP Joe Biden: Honoring a Solemn Duty to Provide Access to Justice by Supporting Foreclosure Mediation

Heather Scheiwe Kulp, November 22nd, 2010

On Friday, United States Vice President Joe Biden announced fresh support for foreclosure mediation programs.

The official plan flows from recent work of the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative, which focuses on increasing lower and middle class citizens’ ability to understand and effectively employ the law to protect their rights.

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