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The Third Circuit's Appellate Mediation Program conducts confidential mediation conferences pursuant to Rule 33 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and Third Circuit Local Rule LAR 33. The main purpose of the Mediation Program is to help parties amicably resolve the dispute which is the subject of the appeal before the court.

Most civil appeals are eligible for mediation. Each year, the program conducts mediations in hundreds of cases and helps the parties amicably resolve many cases. The mediations are conducted by the Chief Circuit Mediator, Circuit Mediator, and by senior circuit and district court judges. If your appeal is not scheduled for mediation and you would like to have a mediation conference conducted, you may make a confidential request for a conference by contacting the Chief Circuit Mediator.

To learn more about the Third Circuit's Mediation Program, please review this site further.

You may also review an article on Third Circuit Appellate Mediation published in Volume 47 of the Villanova Law Review at p.1055 (2002).

If you have any questions or would like to request a Mediation conference, call the Mediation Program office at (267) 299-4130. You may also email us at:

Send us a fax at 267-299-5115 or write to us at Appellate Mediation Program, Room 20716, United States Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19106.

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NOTICE: On January 9, 2001 the Court adopted an amendment to Local Appellate Rule 33, adding Rule 33.6 on the appointment of pro bono counsel to represent pro se litigants in the mediation of pro se cases. If any lawyer would like to volunteer for this program, please contact Mr. Joseph Torregrossa at the Mediation Office.