The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

By Dennis Klein (November 14, 2017, 5:21 PM EST) -- It is commonplace for law firms, especially large law firms, to have either appellate specialists or a separate appellate department. These lawyers either work with the litigation department when a case reaches the appellate stage, or in certain instances, assume the handling of the case for appellate briefing and argument. In recent years, substantial bonuses have been paid to appellate clerks to join these divisions. It is routine, prior to argument, for the appellate specialists to conduct moot court arguments.

In contrast, while most law firm websites tout mediation experience and have alternative dispute resolution practices that tend to focus on...

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