Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.
The most important factor in mediation success and not allowing the mediator's "truth" derail the process is that the mediator has respect for both clients. This respect should be evident and actual -- demonstrated by words, listening, comments, and structure -- or else the moment of "truth" might be too dangerous.