Historically in the United States, we have used the court system as the way to settle disputes. As a society we are coming to recognize that this system is not working to our advantage and we are turning to mediation as a far superior method of resolving conflict. Within the last two decades, mediation has grown exponentially and continues to become entrenched in our schools, courts, businesses, governmental agencies - in every area of our lives.

As mediation evolves as a profession, there are key issues and trends that you must be aware of and factor into your career planning in order to maximize your mediation practice.

This article will focus on a few of the hot issues currently swirling in the field.