Whether your client is required to participate in court-ordered mediation or involved in a dispute that you believe could be resolved fairly and efficiently without having to go to court, Beth can act as a neutral third party to assist you in reaching a solution for your client.
Some mediations are aimed at finding common ground and facilitating difficult conversations between parties who will maintain some sort of relationship with one another in the future — for example, co-parents, employers and employees, or neighbors. Other mediations seek an outcome that allows the parties to get on with their lives and not have to worry about a future relationship — for example, most personal injury litigation, suits against the government, or consumer cases against large corporations. The nature of the parties’ relationship affects the type of mediation that is most likely to be useful.
Beth has studied mediation theory as well as practice. She attended a week-long initial training in Bozeman, Montana in 2006, through the Center for Collaborative Solutions. This training focused primarily on facilitative mediation — listening, reframing, encouraging the parties to speak openly to one another, and empowering them to find a solution that will work for them.
In 2010 Beth attended a week-long mediation training at the renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law in California. Mediating the Litigated Case trains mediators in both evaluative and facilitative mediation, as well as in negotiation.
Beth has since worked as an appellate mediator through the Montana Supreme Court, and accepts disputes for mediation on a referral basis. Her goal as a mediator is to help parties find sustainable solutions to their disputes. Based on the nature of the parties’ relationship as well as their dispute, she will work collaboratively with them to find a solution with which everyone can live.