"Since I was three years old, I’ve had a passion for justice. As a child, I was highly concerned with fairness for all individuals. For the majority of my education, I have focused on engaging with two distinct concepts: why people behave the way they do, and how they assert control in their lives. As an undergraduate, double majoring in Political Science and Psychology helped to deepen my understanding of these concepts. After college, I sought clarity on which career path would empower my desire for fairness. I enrolled in and graduated from the paralegal program at the Mecklenburg Court Courthouse and took on an internship that turned into a job, giving me a front row seat to the justice system and many of its functions.
In my three years at the courthouse, the most illuminating lesson I’ve learned is pretty simple: fairness is genuinely achievable through the active engagement of all participants. Each entity involved in a court case must be intentional and deliberate in their involvement with all aspects affecting the case. The litigants must initiate and maintain the legal action, the court administration must manage the case, the attorneys must litigate the issues in dispute, and the judges must adjudicate based on the claims offered.
My observations have illustrated that people often do not fully understand the limitations and implications of the other actors in their court case, and that misunderstanding has lead to ire, sorrow, and discontentment with the outcome of their litigation. Uroboros Mediations seeks to provide an alternative pathway. The primary objective of the company is to provide a process that allows people to empower themselves to reach a resolution. When people can act to form their own compromise, one that is mutually agreed upon, they are much more likely to honor that agreement. As a mediator, I aim to broker settlements that bring closure to conflict. That brokerage will be reinforced by an acknowledgment of the importance of people's cultural and contextual differences. A combination of knowledge, technique, and heart will create the best possible environment to mediate conflict in a way that encompasses my principles of justice and fairness."
The Mediator and Owner
Director of mediation
Salim Uqdah is a multi-hyphenate professional. He is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal-eDiscovery Advanced Specialist-North Carolina Public Notary-Entrepreneur-Small Business Owner-Mediator. The State of North Carolina employed him for three years at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, which is the largest county in the State. During his time at the courthouse, Salim worked in the District Domestic and Civil, Superior Criminal and Civil, and Special Proceedings and Estates. He absorbed quite a bit of knowledge of procedural information about the North Carolina Court system. On occasion, Salim supervised the Self-Serve Center, which is a public service center that provides self-represented litigants with resources to help them file a court case. Salim has cultivated a positive working relationship with many of the member of the Mecklenburg County Bar. He has superb interpersonal skills and his innate ability to communicate and connect with people from all walks of life. Salim's ultimate goal is to utilize his background, education, work experience, and empathy to provide quality, yet cost-effective mediation services to under-serviced North Carolinians.
CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Paralegal Technology Post Baccalaureate Diploma (ABA Approved Program), 2015
HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY
B.A., Political Science, 2013
B.S., Psychology, 2013
Associations & Affiliations
NC Bar Association Paralegal Member & Dispute Resolution Section Member
NC Bar Association Dispute Resolution Paralegal Liaison
Mediation Training & Observations
RSR’s Family Financial Mediation Training (40 credit hours), October 2018
Superior Court Mediated Settlement Conference Training (40 credit hours), March 2018
Superior Court Observations: 35 hours
Family Financial Observations: 19 hours