The past couple of years have been an economic nightmare for the country and for lawyers. You would have to go back to the Great Depression to see today’s national jobless rate of 9.5%. Fifteen states plus Washington, D.C. have gone over 10%. What about lawyers? In 1999 our jobless rate was 0.6% During 2008 it was a whopping 2.6% I don’t have a figure for 2009, but I know things are bleak.
My Google Alert on Transformative Mediation called my attention to the Labor & Employment Law Interest Section Blog (http://lel-is.lerablog.org/2009/03/recent-lel-articles-january-2009/) and a listing of recent articles, in particular this article:
Arby Aiwazian, Note: Transformative Mediation: Empowering the Oppressed Voices of a Multicultural City to Foster Strong Democracy, 11 Scholar 31 (2008)
I Googled the author and discovered he is a third year student at Southwestern Law School and found this:
Excerpt from September 2008 Southwestern Reporter