slap down. For the mediation process to be truly effective people have to take it seriously. Too often lawyers try and control the process and make it just another step in litigation. Doing that does a disservice to the process and for your client. Thank you judge for reminding these lawyers and Mr. O’Neal that the mediation process is not controlled by lawyers. This kind of behavior only hurts a process that has been proven to help people in conflict more positively and less expensively than litigation.