The assurance of confidentiality in mediation is essential to the success and integrity of the process. Knowing that everything said or done in mediation will remain confidential allows parties to confide with the mediator more freely. It opens the door to frank and honest discussion. Indeed, candor with, and full disclosure to, the mediator in confidence can be the key to a successful resolution of even the bitterest of controversies. Rod Thompson outlines how mediation confidentiality is applied and offers practical tips for a successful mediation in his article "Mediation Confidentiality" published on California Lawyer.