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Patricia Porter

Mediation, Elder Abuse And Saving The Family: Mediation & Conflict Strategies To Avoid Elder Abuse

(5/26/17)Patricia Porter

As Americans are getting older, more and more issues arise relating to elder abuse in financial and health care settings. Studies show that the majority of abuse occurs within the family. What can be done to resolve these issues? Listen to a respected elder abuse mediator and author, Steve Mehta, and learn how to address these difficult issues.

Bernard Morrow

Study: Results Point to the Value of a Joint Session

(5/26/17)Bernard Morrow

The use of the joint session in mediation has been a hot topic of study and debate in recent years.

Joe Markowitz

Reading Emotions

(5/26/17)Joe Markowitz

A character in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 shows that it is often more important to understand emotions than rational thoughts.

Lorraine Segal

On Being Bullied—reflections, lessons, and gratitude 8 years later

(5/22/17)Lorraine Segal

When I was in the middle of horrific, workplace experiences, I did whatever I could to protect myself from the worst effects of bullying and mobbing.

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Toxic School Environments Make Teachers Sick

(5/22/17)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Is your workplace a toxic environment? If there is more than one person per week out sick in your department, chances are it is.

Sarah Cole

Nursing Homes May Continue to Use Arbitration Agreements

(5/22/17)Sarah Cole

In a very unsurprising decision, the Supreme Court ruled 7-1 that a Kentucky nursing home can enforce contracts signed residents’ relatives that required all disputes involving the nursing home to arbitration.

Jan Frankel Schau

If I Were a Rich Man–and Other Strategies for Appealing to the Wealthy Defendant in Mediation

(5/22/17)Jan Frankel Schau

Studies demonstrated that wealthier people are far less likely to donate to charity if the appeal comes as something “for the greater good”.

Phyllis Pollack

A Real Case of Prisoner’s Dilemma

(5/22/17)Phyllis Pollack

One of the first things I learned about in game theory was the prisoner’s dilemma.

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Marital Conflict is Not a Mental Health Disorder

(5/12/17)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

When two people form a union, whether a legal union – such as marriage, or a domestic partnership, there will be conflict.

Jan Frankel Schau

The Role of Humility in Mediation

(5/12/17)Jan Frankel Schau

Sometimes I have to step back and admit to myself that as the mediator, I am merely the guide to a voluntary conversation about whether and how a particular case may be settled.

John Lande

Creating Knowledge Together

(5/12/17)John Lande

This article is about the idea that performers "making” the music may seem odd at first considering that they are “merely” performing music that others had composed.

Susan Yates

Mediation Shouldn’t Be More of a Barrier Than a Boon

(5/12/17)Susan Yates

When it comes to defining mediation, I am not a strict constructionist.

Tammy Lenski

How to be Truly Helpful When Someone is Upset

(5/08/17)Tammy Lenski

When someone is upset, one familiar response is to ignore it and forge ahead. Another is to try to make them feel better with kind reassurance.

Jeff Thompson

New ISIS "Just Terror Tactics" Calls For Hostage Taking

(5/08/17)Jeff Thompson

This is important for crisis and hostage negotiators to read and understand as it presents the potential perspective of a terrorist-subject when the incident involves a hostage standoff situation.

Larry Susskind

What's Happening in the Field of Urban Planning?

(5/08/17)Larry Susskind

Today’s planners are committed to taking action – helping to implement improvements in the quality of life, particularly for the most vulnerable segments of society, often through public-private partnerships of various kinds. They are attempting to establish peaceful societies and minimize community conflicts.

Joe Markowitz

Winning

(5/08/17)Joe Markowitz

In the analyses of this week's budget deal, whether from the politicians of both parties or from the pundits, mostly we are hearing about which side scored the most points.

Phyllis Pollack

Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill… And Argued No More (Part 2!)

(5/08/17)Phyllis Pollack

The tribal effect is often deliberately used to manipulate and divide people. It preys upon the “us v them” mentality.

Maria Simpson

DIS-agree and Commit

(4/28/17)Maria Simpson

Sounds contradictory, I admit, but it’s an interesting concept and raises an interesting question: Do we always have to agree before taking action?

F. Peter Phillips

Consumer Redress and “The New Handshake”

(4/28/17)F. Peter Phillips

For many years, a tempest has surrounded public policy approaches to consumer protection, largely implicating three utterly inapt legal constructs.

Best Practices for Managing Wills Between Family Members

(4/28/17)Elaine Rushing

An “unnatural” disposition in a decedent’s will can cause intra-family conflict, and will contests are often expensive and lengthy.

Andrea Schneider

Andrea Schneider's Award Acceptance Speech

(4/28/17)Andrea Schneider

Andrea was kind enough to forward me a copy of her acceptance speech from Saturday. As you might expect it was inclusive, clever and funny. If you had to leave early and missed the luncheon, the text is included below. Make sure you read it in Andrea’s voice to get the full effect! ~ Kelly Browe Olson

Beth Graham

The Agreement to Arbitrate and the ‘Applicable Law’

(4/28/17)Beth Graham

Alan S. Rau, Mark G. and Judy G. Yudof Chair of Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, has published “The Agreement to Arbitrate and the ‘Applicable Law’.”

Pete Desrochers

Negotiation - Part 1

(4/27/17)Pete Desrochers

Focus and preparation are the muscles that will give us the perspective and control we need right from the starting gate.

F. Peter Phillips

Lawyers as Peacemakers and Changemakers

(4/21/17)F. Peter Phillips

Lincoln famously wrote: As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Resolving a Dispute is like Traveling…

(4/21/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

Resolving a Dispute is Like Traveling, Writing a Business Plan, or Choosing a Course of Medical Treatment: If you take the wrong road, you won’t get the result you want.

Art Hinshaw

Aragaki - The Dao of Friendly Skies

(4/21/17)Art Hinshaw

In the past week the Internet went ablaze with news reports of United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao’s merciless ejection from a Louisville-bound flight.

Dan Simon

Litigation–Style Mediation Has Got to Go

(4/21/17)Dan Simon

It’s entirely understandable that retired judges and experienced litigators would want to work as mediators.

Jan Frankel Schau

The Challenge of Forward Vision in Mediation

(4/21/17)Jan Frankel Schau

In mediation, I sometimes find that the hardest challenge is helping the “victim” to cease focusing on their past and begin to envision their future differently.

Mervyn Malamed

Email and Text Messaging: A Greater Source of Conflict Than We Realize

(4/14/17)Mervyn Malamed

Disputes can often be sourced to a highly flammable communication medium.

Tammy Lenski

Can Your Beliefs About Someone Alter Their Behavior?

(4/14/17)Tammy Lenski

If you believe someone is aggressive, could they behave more aggressively with you than with others?

Lorraine Segal

The Uncertainty of Taxes—Positively Reframing a Difficult Workplace Communication

(4/14/17)Lorraine Segal

A wonderful benefit of learning conflict resolution skills is using them to positively reframe my own challenging communications

Katherine Graham

10 Excuses Bosses Give Not To Bring in a Mediator

(4/14/17)Katherine Graham

Following up from our recent article on “10 excuses bosses give not to bring in a mediator”, here is an infographic illustrating the 10 top justifications senior managers give for not “bringing in the mediators” to resolve a conflict in their organisation. How many have you heard?

Jason Dykstra

The Best Ten Minutes You'll Spend All Day

(4/14/17)Jason Dykstra

It was the breakthrough that we had been looking for. A new tool? No, it was a question that had allowed the person to reflect.

Phyllis Pollack

Looking for Happiness!

(4/14/17)Phyllis Pollack

Well… we missed it again! International Day of Happiness was March 20, 2017, but, perhaps, missing it was not such a bad thing.

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(4/07/17)Mediate.com

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