|(a) Mediation is a consensual process in which an impartial
third party, the mediator, facilitates communication between the parties to
promote reconciliation, settlement, or understanding among them. A mediator
may not impose his or her own judgment on the issues for that of the parties.
The mediator must be acceptable to both parties.
(b) Mediation under this chapter is subject to the provisions
of the Governmental Dispute Resolution Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter
2009. For purposes of this chapter, "mediation" is assigned the meaning set
forth in Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, §154.023.
(c) To facilitate a meaningful opportunity for settlement,
the parties shall, to the extent possible, select representatives who are
knowledgeable about the dispute, who are in a position to reach agreement,
and who can credibly recommend approval of an agreement.