The Akron Beacon Journal hails the verdict: “Mediation saves.”
Paula Schleis writes (excerpt):
”With a third person present, it just changes things. People are able to talk things over,” said Bernard Winick, who teaches business law at the University of Akron.
The stickier the situation, the more Winick loved trying to guide the parties to a creative solution. And it’s the calming influence of an objective counselor that can completely change the dynamics of the situation.
”A lot of people say, ‘We couldn’t seem to get anywhere, but when we’re at your office, it’s different,’ ” Winick said. ”I guess they feel safer, that someone is there to make sure the other person isn’t going to take advantage of them.”