Saturday, February 25, 2012
Hell has officially frozen over. Greg Overstreet and Ramsey Ramerman have teamed up.
The Associated Press is running a story this weekend on "co-mediation" in public records cases. The idea is that instead of looking to one mediator to attempt to resolve these contentious--and very expensive--cases out of court, each "side" has a co-mediator. Greg Overstreet is the requestor's co-mediator and noted agency PRA attorney Ramsey Ramerman is the agency's co-meditor.
Here is the Overstreet/Ramerman co-mediation web site: www.og-med.com. (Both Overstreet and Ramerman will continue their law practices, but will also provide co-mediation services.)
The AP story is running in various newspapers. They are the Olympian, Bellingham Herald, The (Tacoma) News Tribune, Seattle Times, and (Vancouver) Columbian. FindLaw is also running it.
KING 5 TV correctly notes that their story on the ballooning costs of Public Records Act litigation is one of the reasons why co-mediation is getting some attention.
Co-mediation just might be the thing that breaks the log jam in some of these cases. Co-mediation might reduce the number of "horror stories" each side has.