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Community Mediation Funding

(3/08/19)Brennan Frazier

NAFCM announces new funding agreement with JAMS.

Maybe, It’s Not As Bad As You Think

(3/01/19)Cinnie Noble

There are times when I’ve found myself reacting poorly to something another person says or does and then, discover I misinterpreted their intent.

The Place of Mediation: New Interview with Peter Adler

(2/14/19)Peter Adler

New interview with public policy mediation leader Peter Adler by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Place of Mediation" video series.

Why Everyone Should Take Mediation Training

(1/07/19)Kari Boyle

Over the years I have been asked many times, by lawyers, Canadian law students and others, whether they should take mediation training. Most were interested in mediation, many participated as counsel at mediation but few planned to be full-time mediators.

Comparative Data on Mediator Directory Websites

(12/25/18)Mediate.com

According to new data from Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediator directory website.

Peacemaking: The Fulfillment of the Legal Profession

(12/23/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

"If you want to make peace with your enemy then work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." ~ Nelson Mandela

Where To, MeToo?

(12/23/18)Beth Graham

In her journal article, Professor Sternlight discusses her views on the potentially negative consequences of mandatory arbitration in the employment context as well as the waning impact of social movements such as MeToo.

Mediation Certification: The Sparrow and the Peacock

(12/07/18)Bruce Edwards

Having taught mediation skills for over twenty-five years and, more recently, having developed an online mediation training curriculum, it’s only natural that I stand as a zealous proponent of mediation training.

Legal Stress

(11/30/18)John Lande

This post provides excerpts from my research summarizing significant stresses affecting each of these groups and notes resources and ideas for dealing with them.

Every Dispute is Two Disputes

(11/30/18)Phyllis Pollack

The theme of the session was that while being intelligent is good, it is also very important to have emotional intelligence; the ability to tap into the emotions of others, or to read people.

Interruption and Self-Determination

(11/30/18)Dan Simon

Chaos? A mediation out of control? A weak mediator? I don’t think so.

Mediation Dance-Writing

(11/28/18)Peter Adler

Sometime between 480 and 221 BC during China’s Warring States Period, a general named Wu wrote a short and now widely read treatise on how to win a big fight. The highest excellence, he said, is the “sheathed sword,” achieving your goal without fighting.

7 Traits of the Modern Sociopath and Psychopath

(11/12/18)Jeff Thompson

You hope to never negotiate or engage a subject with anti-social personality disorder but if you do, you better know about their common traits and symptoms.

Heartbroken in Pittsburgh

(11/01/18)Andrea Schneider

I thought that teaching the Kavanaugh hearings in a careful and respectful manner a few weeks ago would be the biggest teaching challenge of the semester. I was wrong.

Satisfying Our Clients’ Emotional Due Process Needs

(11/01/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

Emotional due process. What is that, exactly?

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce

(10/19/18)Diane Kramer

Are you struggling with Co-Parenting after divorce? If you are, it is no surprise.

My Favorite Resource Featuring Catherine Geyer

(10/05/18)Susan Yates

Our series, My Favorite Resource, features interviews with our court ADR friends across the country to learn about their favorite resource.

Call for Community Mediation Surveys

(10/05/18)Brennan Frazier

This is a survey request to develop and implement a two-phase data collection process in order to determine the present state of community mediation.

New Mediation Confidentiality Law

(9/14/18)Phyllis Pollack

On September 11, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed in a law which will require attorneys to inform their clients of the confidentiality restrictions related to mediation.

Why Don’t We Mediate the “Big” Disputes?

(9/09/18)Richard Weiler

On Thursday, August 30, 2018 the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal did the unthinkable.

People-Pleasing

(9/06/18)Cinnie Noble

Would you call yourself a people-pleaser?

Stop Giving Others Insult Power

(9/06/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

Do you know people who get upset and insulted easily?

5 Common Misconceptions Surrounding Family Mediation

(8/31/18)Laura Ward

The main difference with family mediation is that, opposed to going through lawyers, you are encouraged to speak directly to each other.

The Exceptional Power of Vision

(7/24/18)Peter Adler

There are many keys to reaching possible agreement. The list includes, among others, discovering not incompatible interests, soothing a hurt relationship, or finding a common enemy. Uncovering a transcending vision can accelerate and amplify the coming together of contending parties. Vision helps achieve agreement.

Lessons from the Iroquois

(7/10/18)Peter Adler

In our mediation efforts, once we are in the realm of “public policy,” we are inevitably poking our noses into questions of intergenerational equity and “governance” and how authentic collaboration can be achieved or improved.

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