Mediation Practicum students piloting online program for Athens court
Through the Mediation Practicum, third-year law student Allison “Allie” Evans and second-year students Hiance M. Castro Guerrero and Marissa G. Hill are helping to create an online mediation program for the State Court of Athens-Clarke County. Judge Charles E. Auslander III (J.D.’97) asked the Mediation Practicum to assist Georgia’s 10th Judicial District ADR Program with the virtual delivery of services. Since practicum students receive training to become approved mediators with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and have had success with remote dispute resolutions in the Savannah area, they were ideal candidates to assist the local court, according to practicum supervisor Rob McNiff. “Many parties are finding that virtual mediations provide greater and safer access to an important process for resolving their cases,” McNiff said.