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Michael Toebe

High-Profile Attention for Mediation in Billion Dollar Family Dispute

(11/30/15)Michael Toebe Requesting parties to try mediation in a high-stakes case is not a reckless thought on behalf of the judge or the parties. It's more big picture and helpful to the people, relationship and for the allocation of resources in the dispute. Full-blown litigation is not excluded. It's just asked to wait patiently for now.
Gracious Timothy

Investor-State Mediations/Conciliation in India

(11/30/15)Gracious Timothy The Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism is the avenue where an increasing number of investor-State disputes are being settled through international arbitration.
Michael Leathes

Need a mediator? Don’t Just Phone-a-Friend! Recommendations alone are not the best way to select a mediator

(11/23/15)Michael Leathes People commonly rely on word of mouth to choose a lawyer, dentist, architect, accountant, surveyor, physician or just about any other professional. Selecting a mediator by word of mouth, however, is most likely not your best choice for a number of reasons.
Katherine Graham

Been Asked to Take Part in a Mediation? Your FAQs Answered

(11/23/15)Katherine Graham A jargon-free FAQ for people who have been asked to take part in a workplace mediation. What is mediation?
Michael Aurit

Encourage Young Aspiring Family Mediators to Enter the Field: Their Careers, Your Business, and Our Profession Will Benefit

(11/20/15)Michael Aurit Has a young aspiring mediator ever approached you—as someone they look up to as an experienced professional—and asked, "I want to become a mediator. Can you give me some advice? Do you think I can ‘make it’ as a mediator?"
Albie Davis

2015’s the 100th Anniversary of the Women at the Hague: Lessons for Today (Fall 2015)

(11/16/15)Albie Davis If you are looking for a inspiring read, consider 'Women at The Hague: The International Congress of Women and Its Results' authored by three American women: Jane Addams, Emily Green Balch and Alice Hamilton. I have two copies. An original published November 1915 by Macmillan Company. The second is a soft-cover published in 2003 by the University of Illinois Press with an enriching preface by Professor Harriet Hyman Alonso, City College of New York.
Jim Melamed

Celebrating the Work and Person of Special Education Mediation Champion Marshall Peter (video)

(11/14/15)Jim Melamed Marshall Peter is soon retiring as Director of Direction Service in Eugene, Oregon. Marshall is perhaps best known to the mediation field as the founding Director of CADRE, the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, established in 1998. Here is a video tribute to Marshall well worth your watch. Marshall has shown us just how much positive change a person can bring to both our local and national communities.
Robin Graine

Mediation vs. Litigation: To Punish or Not to Punish, That is the Question

(11/13/15)Robin Graine Many people go into a divorce with swords pulled. They want to get even. They want to punish their spouse for making them feel bad. Humiliated. Depressed. When divorce is not your idea, you may even go into a classic defensive “stall mode” to try and drive the other person a little crazy with angst.
Justinas Jarusevicius

Lithuania Has Restrained the Unruly Horse of Public Policy

(11/13/15)Justinas Jarusevicius Public policy remains one of the most popular grounds used by the parties to oppose the recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award. Its vague content also makes its application in court greatly challenging – academics still refer to public policy as the “unruly horse”. ZZZZZ Offers New Responsive Site

(11/10/15) With over 40% of website traffic now on phones, we are proud to announce our new mobile friendly website. Our new site brings each and every Mediate feature to your phone and tablet (as well as your computer). Critically, Mediate's new site also brings our geographically sensitive marketing features to all devices.
Roger Fisher

Interview with Roger Fisher

(11/09/15)Roger Fisher This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Roger Fisher, author of 'Getting to Yes' and other negotiation and dispute resolution books and founder of the Harvard Project on Negotiation, filmed as part of the 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series. ZZZZZ Recognized as "Top 10" Attorney Directory Site!

(11/09/15) Now celebrating our 20th Anniversary, has been recognized as a "Top 10" Attorney Directory by Attorney Rankings. is the overall 9th ranked attorney directory and the only mediation or ADR directory listed.
Carolina Bastard

III Congreso Internacional de abordaje de conflictos: “ Caminos Hacia la Paz"

(11/09/15)Carolina Bastard Nuestros hechos son más convincentes que nuestras palabras. Está comprobado que el lenguaje no verbal tiene un mayor impacto en las personas que reciben un mensaje.
Gary Direnfeld

The 7 Strategies for Determining Your Parenting Plan

(11/09/15)Gary Direnfeld The Parenting Plan is the parental agreement setting out how the children will be cared for between separated parents. Essentially, the Parenting Plan is the road map that separated parents will follow for the raising of their kids.

Who Says That Mediation Needs Reclaiming?

(11/09/15)William Levine, Chouteau Levine These authors assert that most of the traditional values and styles that guide divorce mediation are still applicable.
Richard Birke

Federal Arbitration Case Update: The Powers that Be

(11/09/15)Richard Birke Following are two interesting and recent federal court rulings related to arbitration.
Frank Sander

Interview with Frank Sander

(11/06/15)Frank Sander This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Harvard Law Professor Frank Sander, founder of the Multi-Door Courthouse movement, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.
Shannon Balk Exposed

(11/05/15)Shannon Balk The following is the account of my experience with Writing this is a bit cathartic and I apologize in advance for the length. It is my sincere hope that these efforts in exposing this sham of a company will be successful, saving others from's fraudulent practices and gross misrepresentations.
Jay Folberg

Interview with Jay Folberg

(11/03/15)Jay Folberg This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Jay Folberg filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Michelle Brenner

Compassion Business: Whose Business is It?

(10/30/15)Michelle Brenner This article discusses a conversation between a Social Psychologist, a politician and community leaders.
Gary Direnfeld

Separated Parents: It’s not Quantum of Time, but Quality of Relationship

(10/30/15)Gary Direnfeld If you get hung up on the quantum of time with your partner and your children, you may lose sight of the quality of your relationship now and for the future.
Nina Meierding

Interview with Nina Meierding

(10/27/15)Nina Meierding This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Nina Meierding filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
L. Randolph Lowry

Interview with Randy Lowry

(10/23/15)L. Randolph Lowry This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Randy Lowry, President of Lipscomb University and founder of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Donal O’Reardon

Organizational Shadow and Conflict Management

(10/23/15)Donal O’Reardon This article teaches us how we as mediators should respond to workplace conflict, by understanding the interplay between the company, its employees, and the neutral.
Mary Damianakis

The Hague Convention, Seven Characteristics, and Mediation

(10/23/15)Mary Damianakis This article discusses the Hague Convention on child abductions. It gives an update on dealing with children in international custody negotiations.
John Lande

Dispute Resolution Systems and the Future of Our Field

(10/23/15)John Lande First, I suggested that trials should be considered as part of (A)DR. Now, my school publishes a symposium on judicial education in our Journal of Dispute Resolution. You might understandably wonder if we have lost our freaking minds. ZZZZZ

Gerald Phillips, Attorney & Philanthropist, Passes Away at 90

(10/21/15) Gerald F. Phillips, attorney, ethicist and philanthropist, passed away on October 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA surrounded by his devoted family. He was 90 years of age. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 1:00pm at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA
Donald T. Saposnek

Interview with Don Saposnek

(10/19/15)Donald T. Saposnek This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Don Saposnek, a leading family mediator, writer and editor, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Kathleen O'Connell Corcoran

What Parents Can Do to Help Children with Divorce

(10/18/15)Kathleen O'Connell Corcoran A well-known psychologist offers suggestions for what parents can do to support their children's comfort and adjustment to the many realities of divorce.
Tom Stipanowich

Interview with Thomas Stipanowich

(10/17/15)Tom Stipanowich This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Tom Stipanowich, Co-Director of Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and former Director of CPR in New York, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
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