March marks the return of Kate Reed and the second season of the USA network television show Fairly Legal. Kate continues to mediate disputes on the small screen between estranged lovers to large corporations. Since the majority of real-life mediations are kept confidential, most folks won’t know what is mediation fact or fiction. Join Pattie Porter and special co-host, Stephen Kotev, as they discuss how Kate solved the problem and what a professional mediator would have done.
The USA show “Fairly Legal” is stirring up the mediation field. Whether you think it is a travesty of the professional mediation field, or the best thing that’s happened to mediation since the book Getting to Yes, the fact is this show is pushing our buttons. Let’s take a closer look at how this show is portraying mediators, what’s true, what isn’t, and what we wish were true. This series is NOT a documentary but an entertainment show. We want to take the opportunity to educate the public by pointing out the fiction and highlighting the facts about what mediator’s really do in their practices and how mediation can be a very viable resource to resolving conflict between parties.
My guest co-host, Zena Zumeta will lead a discussion with me Clare Fowler , Rita Callahan and Jeff Thompson.
A hotly debated topic in the dispute resolution field is the new television series on USA Network “Fairly Legal”. The show’s entertaining focus is on a female, attorney mediator, Kate Reed and her alternative approach to dealing with conflict unlike her aggressive, litigious and now deceased, attorney father. For the dispute resolution field, this is an awesome opportunity to educate the general public about mediation.