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APRIL 2017

Featured Articles 

Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth
by Jay Folberg
Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses.

The Conflict Calculator: Estimating the Costs of Conflict in a Workplace Team
by Mark Baril
This article discusses a tool for measuring the cost of workplace conflict, as well as the considerations that factored in to developing that tool.

Collaborative Parenting Can Mend the Divide
by Lynne C. Halem, Ph.D.
Professionals writing about divorce too often reinforce parental fears by recounting, even exacerbating the negative consequences of divorce.

Can We Call a Truce? Ten Tips for Negotiating Workplace Conflicts
by Jeffrey Krivis
Whether two employees are fighting or a disgruntled client is on the verge of leaving, you—yes, you—can step in and help solve the problem. Here are some tricks of the trade.

Peace is a Tough Sell
by Michael Jacobs
Peace is, and will continue to be, a pain in the butt.

Putting Away Childish Things
by John Sturrock
This article discusses engaging with “the enemy,” building relationships, separating people from the problem, listening to and understanding deeply, finding “win-win” solutions to intractable problems and accepting and acknowledging our own imperfections.

Mediation in the News

SCOTUSblog: Judge Gorsuch’s arbitration jurisprudence
Recent Supreme Court rulings interpreting the scope of the Federal Arbitration Act have had significant implications in consumer protection, labor, and class action contexts.

Giving 'The Mediator's Number
I rarely give a "Mediator's Number," and I never give one unless the circumstances are just right. What are those circumstances?

How to Choose an Elder Mediator
Adult siblings often find themselves at odds when a parent needs long-term care or nears the end of life. Here are tips on finding a mediator to help your family navigate thorny caregiving issues.

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Featured Blog Posts

Mediation: What is it Really About?
Mervyn Malamed

On Apologies…. Once Again!
Phyllis Pollack

De-escalate Anger With This Straightforward Invitation
Tammy Lenski

Even the Best Mediation Doesn’t Eliminate Differences – Nor Should It 
Dan Simon

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