You know that mediation has hit the mainstream when the cover story of the Los Angeles Lawyer magazine (published by the Los Angeles County Bar Association) is about mediation confidentiality. The scope of mediation confidentiality is not only a hot issue in the field, but important to every lawyer who encounters mediation, which is getting close to everyone nowadays.
Retired Judge Michael Marcus, now a practicing arbitrator and mediator, has published a helpful summary of the development of the law regarding mediation confidentiality in California in both the state and federal courts. I won't try to summarize his summary here, but am posting this for my own benefit and for anyone else who needs a handy link to all the main cases on this issue. There is even a quiz included for MCLE credit.