Become a Mediator
Why UMC Needs You
In most of the counties in the upstate, Mediation is mandatory before litigants can proceed to trial in Family Court, Common Pleas Court, and Probate Court. In parties with little or no financial resources, this can be a financial burden, as hourly fees of private mediators can be prohibitive for many. Thus was born the Upstate Mediation Center, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization which provides mediation services regardless of income.
What Upstate Mediation does to help
All of this requires mediators—people of diverse professional and community backgrounds who are willing to be trained in mediation skills and volunteer a few hours a week, month or year.
Offers mediation services to those struggling financially
Provides services at a flat rate based on income
Does not refuse services because of inability to pay
How we train our mediators
To insure the “high-quality” of services and high probability that UMC mediators can facilitate resolution, every UMC mediator needs to be trained. UMC mediator training requirements match programs that the American Bar Association recently called the “most demanding in the country.” The mediator training program is 40 hours in duration and approved by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Many mediators have a legal and social work background, however it is not a requirement.
The Family Court Mediation Training is offered by the South Carolina Bar Continuing Legal Education Division and other private organizations at various locations throughout the year. The UMC offers a limited number of “scholarships” to help defray the cost of the course in exchange for a commitment to volunteer once or twice a month during the year following the training.
How you volunteering as a mediator helps
Save litigants time and money
Ease the court’s caseload
Resolves cases sooner than litigation
Assist those who would otherwise be burdened by the standard cost of mediation
Improve the lives of people in your Upstate community
Become a Volunteer Mediator
Let us know that you’re interested in becoming a volunteer mediator for Upstate Mediation Center by sending us details about yourself along with inquiries you might have.