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Why Mediate?

Congratulations on choosing mediation as your preferred method for resolving disputes. Mediation is widely recognized as one of the most effective forms of alternative dispute resolution. By opting for mediation, you have the opportunity to avoid the courtroom and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for all parties involved.

In its essence, mediation can be described as a non-binding negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party. What makes mediation particularly appealing is its flexibility, allowing it to be customized to meet the unique needs of each dispute. Depending on the situation, the mediator can adopt a conciliatory approach, promoting a cooperative environment, or take a more proactive role by offering suggestions and exploring shared interests.

At our organization, we are committed to providing a dignified approach to settlement and promoting peaceful resolution. We understand the importance of maintaining the integrity and respect of all individuals involved in the mediation process. Our skilled mediators are experienced in facilitating productive discussions and guiding parties towards finding mutually agreeable solutions.

To get started with mediation and avoid going to court, here's what you can do:

✨Research Mediation: Take some time to understand the mediation process and its benefits. Educate yourself about how it works, what to expect, and the role of the mediator. This knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions throughout the process.


✨  An Initial Consultation: Contact the mediator you have selected and arrange an initial consultation. This meeting serves as an opportunity for you to discuss your dispute, understand the mediator's approach, and ask any questions you may have. It also allows the mediator to assess the suitability of mediation for your specific situation.


✨ for Mediation: Before the mediation session, gather all relevant information, documents, and evidence related to your dispute. Prepare a clear and concise summary of the issues involved and your desired outcomes. Being well-prepared will enable you to effectively communicate your perspective during the mediation process.

✨ in the Mediation Process: During the mediation session, the mediator will facilitate open communication between the parties involved. Each participant will have the opportunity to express their concerns, interests, and proposed solutions. The mediator will help guide the discussion, encourage understanding, and explore potential areas of agreement.

✨ Towards a Resolution: Through collaborative dialogue and negotiation, the goal of mediation is to reach a mutually acceptable resolution. The mediator may propose options, facilitate compromise, and assist in generating creative solutions that address the interests of all parties. Remember, the outcome of mediation is voluntary and only binding if all parties agree.


By embracing mediation, you are taking a positive step towards resolving your dispute in a manner that prioritizes open communication, collaboration, and understanding. We are here to support you through this process and ensure that your mediation experience is constructive, efficient, and ultimately leads to a satisfactory resolution.

Christy Kelly

Christy Kelly is the lead mediator at Humanity Assemble.  She is a highly skilled Mediator with a strong background in dispute resolution. With over thirteen years of experience as a professional mediator, Christy possesses exceptional organizational skills and a passion for resolving conflicts. She has demonstrated her ability to navigate difficult conversations, foster consensus, and achieve positive outcomes.

Christy's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of California at San Diego, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Capital Law School, and a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in mediation from Pepperdine University.

Throughout her career, Christy has been involved in various dispute resolution roles, including:

⭐️ Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau: Christy serves as an arbitrator, facilitating resolution in disputes between consumers and businesses.

⭐️ Ombudsman for The University of Irvine: In this role, Christy acts as an impartial third party, providing a confidential and neutral environment for students, faculty, and staff to address their concerns and resolve conflicts within the university community.

⭐️ Workman Compensation Negotiator/Mediator: Christy specializes in mediating and negotiating settlements related to workman compensation claims, helping parties reach fair resolutions.


⭐️  Private Family Law, Divorce, and Child Custody Mediator: Over the course of nine years, Christy has handled mediations involving private family law matters, such as divorce and child custody. She assists couples and families in reaching mutually acceptable agreements.

⭐️  Small Claims Court-Appointed Mediator: Christy has been appointed as a mediator by small claims courts, helping parties in small disputes find mutually agreeable solutions outside of court proceedings.

⭐️  Mediation of Complex Civil, Employment, Eviction, and Community Disputes: Christy has extensive experience mediating complex disputes in various areas, including civil cases, employment disputes, eviction cases, and community conflicts.

⭐️ Landlord-Tenant Mediator: Christy has experience mediating disputes between landlords and tenants. She helps facilitate constructive dialogue and negotiation to find mutually acceptable resolutions to issues such as lease agreements, rent disputes, property maintenance, and eviction matters.

⭐️ Special Education Mediator: Christy has worked as a mediator in special education cases, helping parents, schools, and educational institutions resolve conflicts related to Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), accommodations, services, and other issues concerning students with special needs.

⭐️  Employment Issues Mediator: Christy has mediated employment-related disputes, including conflicts between employees and employers, workplace grievances, discrimination claims, harassment complaints, and disputes over terms of employment. Her mediation skills contribute to fostering a collaborative and fair resolution process.

⭐️  Community Mediations: Christy has been involved in mediating community disputes, where she assists individuals, groups, or organizations in resolving conflicts that impact the broader community. These conflicts can include neighborhood disputes, disagreements between community organizations, or conflicts related to local resources and services.

With her comprehensive background and expertise, Christy Kelly is well-equipped to facilitate effective communication, promote understanding, and guide parties towards successful resolutions in a wide range of disputes.

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