I am so proud of my fellow mediation trainer, Ketan Soni. He has just won the first annual Up and Coming Mediator Award presented by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (NCDRC).
Ketan and I drove up to the Dispute Resolution Commission (DRC) in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday of last week for the first annual 2018 Up and Coming Mediator of the Year Award. The DRC honored Ketan because of his outstanding work innovating and furthering the mission of mediation in North Carolina.
Ketan developed and taught Continuing Mediation Education courses in Charlotte, NC. He also developed and will teach an upcoming Mediator Training course. Ketan also has made great strides developing his own mediation practice. Ketan’s award was presented by Chief Justice Mark Martin, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina
In addition, Ketan found out that the NCDRC adopted a new Advisory Opinion (AO 38). This prevents lawyers or mediation participants from using the notes or statements made during mediation, with a few narrow exceptions, in furtherance of a claim for attorneys fees. This will protect the mediator from having to testify in attorneys fees hearings and will protect the process of mediation in general. Way to go, Ketan!