John N. Greer is a senior attorney with the federal government, practicing there for 18 years. Prior to that, he spent three years in private practice in the fields of corporate law and estates and trusts. He mediates employment disputes for his employer and with the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, and he operates Patuxent Mediation Services (P.O. Box 43, Simpsonville, MD 21150; 410 772-8821). He lives in Columbia, MD.