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MAY 2017

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Mediation Strategies: A Lawyer’s Guide To Successful Negotiation
by Michael P. Carbone
Every successful negotiation requires that you have a sound strategy. In this article I will explain the steps that I believe you should follow when developing a mediation strategy.

The Conflict Skilled Organization
by Lynne Eisaguirre
What is the common denominator in most organizational conflict? The leaders have not spent enough time and energy thinking about culture —that invisible glue that holds organizations together and determines organizational effectiveness.

Mediating in the Shadow of Faith: Personal Beliefs, The BATNA Analysis, and Dealmaking
by Gregg Relyea
This is a fictional story based on fact, teaching an example about mediation.

3 Things that Mediation is NOT
by Justin Kelsey
Mediation has become a popular alternative to court proceedings, with mediators resolving disputes of all kinds there is still a significant amount of confusion about what is mediation and what can a mediator do for you.

Bullying in the Workplace: How to Respond Effectively
by Alan Sharland
This article explores the concept of bullying in the workplace and how to respond to it more effectively.

Mediation in the News

Colorado governor approves public records mediation
Colorado has a new law encouraging citizens and state agencies to resolve public records disputes outside court. The new law offers mediation as an option when a citizen wants to challenge a government agency's denial of his or her request for public records.

Do not treat mediation as routine and ordinary
Preparation is the key to success.

Lawmakers hit freestanding emergency rooms with mediation and disclosure requirements
The TX House voted 129-11 in favor of the Senate's version of a bill that will force freestanding emergency rooms and other out-of-network providers into mediation with customers who dispute surprise bills

Concord adopts rent mediation program
A year after a group of Latino residents seeking relief from soaring housing costs in the Monument Boulevard neighborhood spurred a debate over rent control, city leaders have established a process for tenants to appeal large rent increases.

The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants
Should a mediator — the legal neutral to the dispute — try to resolve the case by issuing a nonbinding proposal based upon a dollar amount that he feels could be accepted by the parties?

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Featured Blog Posts

Marital Conflict is Not a Mental Health Disorder 
by Dr. Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

The Role of Humility in Mediation
by Jan Frankel Schau

Creating Knowledge Together 
by John Lande

Mediation Shouldn’t Be More of a Barrier Than a Boon
by Susan Yates

How to be Truly Helpful When Someone is Upset
by Tammy Lenski


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