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John R. Van Winkle



John R. Van Winkle John R Van Winkle is a full-time mediator from Indianapolis Indiana. He is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution and the author of “Mediation; A Path Back for the Lost Lawyer”


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Website: www.vbradr.com

Articles and Video:

Mediation Vignette: Willie Nelson And His World Of Pick Up Trucks (09/10/07)
Another in a series of vignettes, culled from mediations conducted by the author. Here, Willie Nelson and his world of pick up trucks intersects a mediation.

Mediation Vignette: Lessons In Perspective From The Bridge Of The Enterprise (01/21/07)
Another in a series of vignettes culled from mediations conducted by the author. In this vignette, the granddaughter of a World War veteran wrestles with the purpose of litigation and mediation and takes a cue from Spock.

Mediation Vignette: Moths and Trial Rage (09/18/06)
This is another in a series of vignettes, culled from mediations conducted by the author. In this vignette a very stubborn litigant was going against his own lawyer’s advice to settle.    1 Comment

Mediation Vignette; What We Say When We Talk About Lawsuits (07/10/06)
This is another in a series of vignettes, culled from mediations conducted by the author. In this vignette, a mediator is part of a brief conversation that may say too much about the differing perspectives of clients and lawyers.    3 Comments

Mediation Vignette: Christmas Lights, Holograms and Shadows (06/05/06)
This is another in a series of vignettes, culled from mediations conducted by the author. In this vignette, a young woman loses her family and hope and the mediator stumbles to ascertain interests.    2 Comments

Mediation Vignette: The Farmer (04/10/06)
In this vignette, the mediator gets a neutrals view of attorneys working with clients.

Mediation Vignette: Last Hard Choice (02/20/06)
This is another is a series of vignettes, culled from mediations conducted by the author. They reflect on the practice of mediation and the privilege it really is to be invited into people’s lives. In this vignette a couple finds themselves snared in a life struggle, made worse by litigation, and requiring a choice with no good option ...

Mediation Vignette: Blackberry Winter, The Personal Digital Assistant Meets The Power Of A Prayer (12/26/05)
This is another is a series of vignettes, culled from mediations conducted by the author. They reflect on the practice of mediation and the privilege it really is to be invited into people’s lives. In this vignette, adult children struggle to cope with the tragic death of their mother and cultures clash as teams of PDA armed attorneys meet in a small Midwestern town to mediate the death case brought by the family.    1 Comment

Mediation Vignettes: A Parent's Horror (11/28/05)
This is another in a series of vignettes, culled from mediations conducted by the author. They reflect on the practice of mediation and the privilege it really is for mediators to be invited into people’s lives. In this vignette, a young mother faces the fact that a second child has a birth defect that will likely cause death at a young age.    3 Comments

Mediation Vignettes: Grace Louise (10/17/05)
This is the first in a series of vignettes culled from mediations conducted by the author. They refelect on the practice of mediation and the privilege it really is for mediators to be invited into people’s lives.    1 Comment

The Solution to Insuring Good Faith in Court Connected Mediation: Self Interest (12/20/04)
A commonly litigated issue in connection with mediation arises out of the requirement in most jurisdictions, in which litigants can be ordered to mediate, that parties mediate in good faith. There is a continuing debate among courts, practitioners and commentators as to the effectiveness of such requirements.    1 Comment



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