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August - Following devastating budget cuts, which forced the closure of 48 courthouses and eliminated the California Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Children's Court’s Mediation program, and faced with devastating recidivism, (then Referee) Marilyn Mordetzky took it upon herself to establish a new dependency mediation program.
In October of 2014, Mediators Randy Drew and Stacey Lisk were recruited by Commissioner Mordetzky. When we began, we were only mediating Exit Orders. These are Parenting Plans for co-parents. More detailed and lasting Exit Orders are important, because they help reduce conflict between co-parents, which provides more peaceful, stable lives for children, and keeps them out of foster care. Better agreements keep parents & children from returning to the juvenile justice system.
Our first full year; and the three of us mediated about 100 cases, before Commissioner Mordetzky returned to the bench full-time.
As the first ever court-connected mediation program created by mediators, every system was deigned to maximize benefits and results. It became clear that every child and every co-parent could benefit from the creation of their own detailed, self-designed parenting plan. Our goals called for bold innovations.
Our close relationship with the courts allowed us to invent the ‘stipulated co-parenting agreement’. Prior to the stipulated co-parenting plan, parents often needed to miss additional days of work, and the kids missed additional school days in order to properly close their cases.
A Supervising Attorney for the Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers remarked, “In all my years as a dependency lawyer, I have never seen that before."
January 11, at California State University Los Angeles - Mediation leadership, accompanied by Ken Cloke address all 450 dependency attorneys and judicial officers.
Ken Cloke: “This is one of the premier mediation programs in the world. And nothing less than the lives of children are at stake.”
A first ever event, where mediators staff the 25 courtrooms at the Edelman Children's Courthouse.
January through April - Our fourth year partnering with USC Law School, where students co-mediate with volunteer mediators.
Communications that are part of a mediation discussion are confidential and inadmissible, consistent with California Evidence Code sections 703.5 and 1115 thru 1138, and California Code of Civil Procedure section 1775.10.