Judge Kornreich: On Judicial Mediators And Private Mediators (An Interview)

By: Donald L Swanson

The above interview talks about mediators in general and about judicial mediators (i.e., a sitting judges) and private mediators more specifically; and it offers suggestions for practitioners on choosing a mediator.

Hon. Louis H. Kornreich (Ret.) is well-qualified to speak on such matters because of his, (i) long and distinguished service as a bankruptcy judge, and (ii) subsequent and current service as a private mediator.

A particularly helpful part of the interview is Judge Kornreich’s listing and discussion of the essential skills required of an effective mediator. The identification and explanation of such skills begin at the (8:00) mark and consist of the following:

  • People skills (8:30)
  • Empathy (8:40)
  • Listening (9:25)
  • Legal knowledge (10:00)
  • Maintaining trust and confidence (11:10)
  • Experience (14:45)
  • Wisdom (15:30)
  • Ability to educate (16:5)

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