Source: (1987) Hofstra Law Review 15(3):499-533.

This analysis focuses primarily on how neighborhood justice centers (NJC's) recruit and train mediators. NJC's serve parties involved in disputes that might otherwise be prosecuted as misdemeanors. This article identifies the tasks that comprise the mediator's role; the qualifications necessary; and an assessment of mediator development programs. The article concludes with a description of methods for evaluating the effectiveness of a mediator development program and a discussion of related subjects: the transferability of mediation skills from one substantive area to another and the matter of licensing mediators.