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Vicki Shemin

Divorce Lawyers: 5 Little Known Things You Need To Know

(4/03/17)Vicki Shemin

There is an inescapable fact: the relationship between a divorce attorney and a client is, at best, a business relationship.

Patricia Thompson

Drafting Arbitration Clauses in Construction Contracts

(4/03/17)Patricia Thompson

Many construction lawyers who specialize in transactional work acknowledge that they do not spend much time considering or negotiating the arbitration clauses in construction contracts.

Stephen Erickson

Interview with Steve Erickson

(3/25/17)Stephen Erickson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Stephen Erickson, one of the founders of the Academy of Family Mediators, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Michael Diliberto

Whose Privilege Is it Anyway?

(3/10/17)Michael Diliberto

This article discusses which privilege law governs in the context of enforcing a settlement agreement when both federal and state law claims are involved.

Susan Yates

Reflecting on RSI Focus Groups in Washington, DC

(3/03/17)Susan Yates

My mediation skills, honed over many years, make it easy to shift into the role of focus group facilitator.

Beth Graham

Revised ICC International Court of Arbitration Rules Become Effective March 1st

(2/10/17)Beth Graham

On March 1st, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce’s (“ICC”) newly revised rules designed to enhance efficiency and transparency will become effective.

Jan Frankel Schau

Bully Mediation

(2/03/17)Jan Frankel Schau

It is my observation that the bully approach is not effective in mediation, although it may be in court.

Denise Peterson

Embracing Impasse

(2/03/17)Denise Peterson

This article addresses three common impasses which can become future wins when mediators frame the discussion.

Margaret Shaw

Interview with Margaret Shaw

(2/02/17)Margaret Shaw

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with New York based JAMS mediator Margaret Shaw filmed as part of Mediate.com's ' Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Homer LaRue

Interview with Homer LaRue

(1/18/17)Homer LaRue

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Homer LaRue filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Marvin E. Johnson

Interview with Marvin Johnson

(1/11/17)Marvin E. Johnson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Marvin Johnson, a national leader in the field of dispute resolution generally and on issues of elevating diversity in the ADR field, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Beth Graham

Empirical Findings on International Arbitration: An Overview

(1/06/17)Beth Graham

In his book chapter entitled “Empirical Findings on International Arbitration: An Overview,” Professor Drahozal provides a survey of qualitative empirical research and literature related to international arbitration.

Richard Gertler

Avoiding Court in Business Disputes

(1/03/17)Richard Gertler

As a business owner a lawsuit can be a stressful situation. Fortunately, you have options, even when a dispute appears headed for the courtroom. By working with an experienced mediator, you gain hope of steering a business disaster toward an agreeable — and even amicable — resolution.

Stephen McDonough

Family Business Mediation: Solving Legal Issues Without Going to Court

(1/03/17)Stephen McDonough

Mediation is often considered an excellent means of conflict resolution for personal or family disputes, but the benefits of mediation extend to more than just familial problems.

Leonard Riskin

Interview with Leonard Riskin

(12/27/16)Leonard Riskin

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with law professor Leonard Riskin filmed as part of Mediate.com's ' Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

F. Peter Phillips

NY Times: “Arbitration” = Secretive and Unfair

(12/18/16)F. Peter Phillips

On the front page of a New York Times there was an article reporting on a legal argument that is purportedly being advanced by Wells Fargo in response to claims brought on behalf of thousands of customers in whose name, and without whose knowledge, over 2,000,000 “sham” accounts were established.

Phyllis Pollack

Exception to Mediation Confidentiality: Moving Forward

(12/09/16)Phyllis Pollack

On December 1, 2016, The California Law Revision Commission (“CLRC”) met once again to discuss its Study K-402-Relationship Between Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney Malpractice and Other Misconduct.

Ute A. Joas Quinn

Mediation Users Make their Mark

(10/31/16)Ute A. Joas Quinn

The International Mediation Institute (IMI) has just released its 2016 International Mediation and ADR Survey. The results, which were generated by 815 individuals representing 67 countries and varied stakeholders (users, advisors, mediators, educators, students, providers, governments), are seriously thought provoking.

Mediation: Duels to Handshakes

(10/14/16)Daniel Ben-Zvi, Caroline Vincent

Walk into a mediation and you walk into a world of possibilities. Lawyers need to leave their weapons at the door and be open to opportunities that can arise in mediation.

U.S. Tax Court Alimony Decisions: Five Cases You Should Know

(10/14/16)Justin Kelsey, David Goodman

This article summarizes five U.S. Tax Court cases in which the Court ruled against the taxpayer on issues involving deductible alimony.

John Lande

Lainey Feingold's Book on Structured Negotiation

(10/03/16)John Lande

I recently had a chance to talk with Lainey Feingold, the author of a great new book on negotiation, which she describes below.

F. Peter Phillips

Waiver of Class Action Without Arbitration Provision

(10/03/16)F. Peter Phillips

In considering the debates raging about the enforceability of class action waiver provisions in arbitration clauses, I have always assumed that the arbitration clause was there just as a vessel to hold the class action provision.

Joe Markowitz

Meet and Confer

(10/03/16)Joe Markowitz

For those who still think that litigation must always be conducted in an adversarial manner--that litigants must oppose anything suggested by the other side, and bring every dispute before the court for resolution--consider that the courts are telling you otherwise.

John Lande

Training Law Students to be Leaders

(9/09/16)John Lande

The Ohio State program teaches students about lawyers’ service as leaders in various ways in their work in addition to lawyers’ generally-recognized leadership roles in civic society, including public service, outside their day jobs.

Beth Graham

Are Rules Allowing Arbitral Sanctions a Mirage?

(7/22/16)Beth Graham

In his publication, “Are Rules Allowing Arbitral Sanctions a Mirage?,” Mr. Morrow discusses whether an arbitrator may use permissive procedures to impose sanctions beyond those currently available by judicial decree.

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