Dispute Resolution

The Practitioner’s Guide to Mediation in 2021

This article presents an overview of current breakthroughs in mediation analysis. It analyzes the relative size of several pathways and mechanisms by which exposure may affect an outcome.

In-Depth Analysis

Recent improvements in causal inference have resulted in the development of a broad and straightforward estimator.

This estimator, known as the Mediation Formula, applies to nonlinear models with both discrete and continuous variables.

It allows for the evaluation of path-specific effects with few assumptions about the data generation process.

We show how to use the Mediation Formula and why parametric techniques of analysis.

They provide flawed findings even when parameters are accurate.

We emphasize the necessity of distinguishing between the necessary and sufficient interpretations of the term “mediated effect.”

We demonstrate how to estimate the two components in nonlinear systems with continuous and categorical variables.

Talks about the Judiciary 

The judiciary, which previously saw private adjudication as an intrusion on the court’s jurisdiction, sees alternatives as giving welcome respite to the courts while providing significant benefits to litigants.

Negotiation, mediation, arbitration, the summary jury trial, early neutral evaluation, the mini-trial, reference procedures, and med-arb are all options.

Because the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska recently issued General Order 95-1012 mandating federal judges to recommend some cases for mediation.

This Comment tries to demystify the new Nebraska process.

Part II starts with an attempt to define mediation.

Although most observers agree on what mediation is, there appear to be as many methods to proceed with mediation as there are mediators.

Part II continues with a brief overview of mediation’s growth in Nebraska.

Specifically in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Part III provides an overview of General Order 95-10 for practitioners.

It tries to answer the question: What happens when a case I’m working on in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska is designated for mediation rather than litigation?

Part III gives a step-by-step review of a case’s progression through the Nebraska system.

Finally, Part IV offers some brief guidance to practitioners confronted with federal mediation and concludes that attorneys play an essential role in the mediation process, albeit a quieter one than they are accustomed to.


Mediation analysis aims to determine the causal pathways through which treatment or intervention affects the desired outcome.

The purpose is to separate the entire treatment effect into an indirect effect that operates through one or more observed intermediary variables, known as mediators, and a direct impact that reflects an effect not captured by the observed mediators (s).

It specifies the parameters of interest, discusses alternative identification procedures based on control variables or instruments, and provides sensitivity tests. 

It also examines multivalued treatments, mismeasured mediators, and outcome attrition as expansions to the traditional mediation framework.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is defined as a “private, informal procedure in which the parties are aided by one or more neutral third parties in their efforts to reach an agreement.”

In comparison to negotiation, the addition of a neutral third party who assists individuals in disagreement in settling is a novel and differentiating aspect here.

Another critical consideration is that the mediator does not make the final decision; it is ultimately up to the parties to agree.

Mediation is no longer a new phenomenon for resolving construction conflicts; it is currently used to resolve disputes across various economic sectors.

Mediation is in use both before and during official procedures and when other kinds of dispute resolution, such as arbitration, are considered or underway.

Common Threads

There are two recurring themes. First, consider the type of third-party intervention. The primary function of the third party is to facilitate the decision-making of others.

Negotiation is at the heart of the process, and the mediator essentially supports and examines the situation with the parties. Second, the third party should be independent of the disputing parties. The mediator’s impartiality is crucial to mediation. The mediator might play a “bridging role” between the parties because of the trust-building during the process.

It is an entirely voluntary process. The mediator is a facilitator who will not judge or advise during the procedure.

Each side will have the opportunity to present their point of view and listen to what the other party has to say.


A mediator is qualified not by their knowledge in a particular field but rather by the individual’s ability to reach an agreement.

In this regard, the mediator must oversee the mediation process and gather information from the parties before reviewing and testing that information to encourage information exchange, hopefully leading to a resolution.

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