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Peace

by Joe Markowitz
October 2012

Mediation’s Place

Joe Markowitz

However shaky the European Union is today, whatever its deficiencies, it still deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, for its contributions to peace over decades.

As Thorbjorn Jagland, the former Norwegian prime minister stated in announcing the award: “The stabilizing part played by the E.U. has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.”

In my house, where my kids are studying the arguments over ratification of the U.S. Constitution in their government class, I remind them how lucky we are to have decided more than 200 years ago to adopt a strong federal government. The Europeans, by contrast, are still having that debate today. And to a lesser extent, we are still having it too, though it is interesting to note that American political parties have switched sides, with Jefferson's party (which started out as anti-federalists) now generally advocating a powerful federal government, and Lincoln's party (which started out as favoring a strong union) now more in favor of giving greater power to the states. (I wonder how surprised Lincoln and Jefferson would be to see that reversal.)

With the glaring exception of the Civil War, caused by failing to resolve the issue of slavery in our Constitution, our federal system has generally kept peace among the states for over 200 years. We can only hope for the continued success of the European Union in keeping the peace on that continent as well.

Biography


Joseph C. Markowitz has over 30 years of experience as a business trial lawyer.  He has represented clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.  He started practicing with a boutique litigation firm in New York City, then was a partner in a large international firm both in New York then in Los Angeles, then returned to practicing with a small firm and on his own.  In addition to general commercial litigation, Mr. Markowitz has expertise in  intellectual property, employment law, entertainment law, real estate, and bankruptcy litigation.  Mr. Markowitz has managed his own firm since 1994. Mr. Markowitz was trained as a mediator more than 15 years ago, and has conducted a substantial number of mediations as a member of the Mediation Panels in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the District Court and Bankruptcy Court in  the Central District of California, as well as private mediations.  He has served since 2010 as a board member of the Southern California Mediation Association.   



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