Teaching really does have its rewards. Last week I emphasized to the students in my Mediation & Arbitration class that one question they should ask themselves throughout the semester is whether the dispute resolution process used in any particular dispute is appropriate for that dispute. A few days later a student in that class brought this article to my attention, reporting on a Florida Juvenile Court that ordered mediation of a dispute between an Ohio teen and her parents over their alleged threat to kill her because she wanted to convert from Islam to Christianity. (The girl had run away from her home in Ohio to seek refuge with a Christian church in Orlando, Florida.)
So, I ask you out there in the ADR blogosphere: Is mediation appropriate for this dispute?