Raymond W. Patterson, Esq., was the Associate Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV until his retirement in 2013. He was also the founder and original director of the Strasser Mediation Clinic there, where he trained law students to mediate and supervised their mediation of cases referred by Clark County’s Family Court.
Ray believes that a divorce shouldn’t cost more than a wedding, and that people who were able to marry, have children, and take care of their finances by themselves are also able to negotiate their own divorces, and anything else that may arise as they dissolve the marriage contract and start life again as single people.
He has worked as a facilitative mediator for almost twenty years, meaning he does not direct people on what to do, but rather assists them in finding creative means of resolving seemingly intractable disagreements. Ray’s chief concern is that each participant in mediation feels listened to and leaves with an agreement they can live with.