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Fairly Legal – A Watershed for mediation?

by Amanda on January 23, 2011

This week saw the broadcast of a new US TV show called Fairly Legal. It features a rather gorgeous young woman called Kate who has given up being a lawyer to become a full-time mediator. Kate is simultaneously at odds with her stepmother who is trying to keep the family law firm in business following the death of Kate’s father.

The show has generated a huge amount of commentary from mediators – as you might imagine – ranging from wails of woe about the errors in process to whoops of  joy at our profession finally making it to the TV screen.

For those of you outside the US who would like to watch the programme and indeed, take the test to see if you are likely to be an “effective” mediator (yes! they use the word effective) you can watch it on the USA Network web site. You will need to have the latest version of Flash to watch it.

So is this going to be a gift or a curse to mediation?

Well, it is a bit cheesey in parts, and some of the approaches would not be what you might teach new mediators, but on balance I believe that making it to TV is all good and something of a watershed if only “fairly legal” in representing the profession.

We might end up saying, “well, it is nothing like Kate on TV you know!” and that’s OK. How different will that be from having to educate parties about what actually happens as opposed to what they have assumed happens?

I would rather be talking to many more people who now know that mediation exists.

Watch the pilot and let me know what you think.

And if you take the test… how did you do?

ps I just LOVE her shoes.


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  2. [...] a mediator” (read it…it’s good). Also, you can read Amanda Bucklow’s review on Fairly Legal here or Lynsee Swisher’s post over on [...]

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