As practitioners who specialise in alternative dispute resolution, we are in many ways wedged between, on one hand, the ground floor of various formal legal systems with their age old rituals, tight professional differentiation and arcane language and, on the other, a first floor of the aspirations of (usually construction and/or commercial) communities and their legislatures which increasingly call for such things as empowerment, recognition, accountability, efficiency and other catchcries which have dogged professional groups increasingly since the 1960s.
"Practice in the legal mezzanine: a brief case study of a third sector ADR organisation,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol4/iss2/1