Thursday, October 29, 2009

The New Face of Mediation

Mediation may soon be shown in a more glamorous way thanks to USA Network, which is developing a new tv series called "Facing Kate" for Sarah Shahi, in which she will be playing a lawyer who decides to become a mediator. (see story in the Hollywood Reporter) This has to be good news for the public image of mediation. Now people will start seeing mediation as sexy and exciting.

Mediators, however, may have to worry about cleaning up their acts. Lest participants be disappointed when they see how ordinary most of us look compared to the actors on tv, we may have to pay more attention to our hair, make-up and clothing. Of course, I have long been accustomed to dealing with this kind of pressure. My office is in the same building where McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak practiced on LA Law. There was even a character on that show named Markowitz. (Fortunately for me, he was portrayed by one of the more ordinary-looking actors, so I did not suffer in comparison.) But Sarah Shahi promises to provide formidable competition for everyone.

(Thanks to Susie North for sending this news to the SCMA list)

(photo from Exposay)


Stephanie A. Armstrong said...

I will definitely have to watch this new show. I am a litigation paralegal for over 8 years with an additional 10 years in insurance. I am just finishing my Masters in Conflict Management and will officially be a certified as a mediator in February. I am excited to see more exposure come to this profession as I believe as society has changed over the years, so must our means of resolving our conflicts.

Stephanie Armstrong, Kentucky

Ann Zimmerman said...

"More exposure" is right, Stephanie - judging by the photo above!

Joe Markowitz said...

That photo, which I of course chose for her charming smile, is actually one of the more tame photos of Sarah Shahi you can find on the web. Judging from some of her previous acting and modeling assignments, Sarah Shahi does not seem to have a problem taking her clothes off for the camera. I wonder how much of that sort of thing we will see on a show about mediation.

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