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Mini-Grant Deadline Approaching for Community Mediation

(3/16/18)Brennan Frazier

This year’s JAMS Foundation/NAFCM funding focus is Homeless, those facing eviction and public housing.

Mark Baer

Working with Challenging Family Situations: A Mediator's Perspective

(3/16/18)Mark Baer

If you were asked to stop doing any of these simple tasks, what feelings and emotions might you experience?

Bruce Edwards

Why Ego Management is Key to Effective Mediation

(3/16/18)Bruce Edwards

In the 1990s, the very suggestion of facilitated negotiation was viewed with equal parts suspicion and contempt by most seasoned trial lawyers

Phyllis Pollack

The Medium Makes the Difference!

(3/09/18)Phyllis Pollack

The last decade and a half has seen an explosion in communication by every means imaginable other than face to face. For this reason, I believe its points are worth revisiting.

Cinnie Noble

What it Takes to be Conflict Masterful

(3/09/18)Cinnie Noble

How we define conflict mastery and the characteristics needed to be and be seen as such varies.

Shirli Kirschner

Dispute Management Plans and ADR

(3/09/18)Shirli Kirschner

Three myths relevant to Dispute Management Plans (DMPs) exist.

F. Peter Phillips

Supreme Court’s Grant of Cert Will Examine Difference Between “Arbitrability” and “Jurisdiction”

(3/09/18)F. Peter Phillips

One of the issues before the Supreme Court right nowis particularly interesting.

John Lande

Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-) Social Media

(3/02/18)John Lande

Recent events show that our social problems are exacerbated by a wide variety of anti-social media behaviors.

Ronald S. Kraybill

Conflict Styles: Digital vs Paper

(3/02/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

I used to be ambivalent about the digital v paper choice, but no more.

Beth Graham

SCOTX Holds Payday Lender Did Not Waive Right to Arbitration

(3/02/18)Beth Graham

The Supreme Court of Texas has ruled that a payday lender did not waive its right to compel arbitration against the company’s defaulting customers.

Tammy Lenski

How to Backpedal After Saying the Wrong Thing

(3/02/18)Tammy Lenski

When words come out of your mouth that you instantly regret, here are some ways to recover from your faux pas and minimize the impact of ill-chosen words.

Meredith Richardson

How to Get Rid of 80% of Your Unhappiness in Relationships

(2/22/18)Meredith Richardson

Have you heard of the 80/20 Rule? The theory is that 80% of consequences are a direct result of 20% of causes.

Phyllis Pollack

You Look Like Someone I Can Trust!

(2/22/18)Phyllis Pollack

When my sister had just been born, my mother boarded a crowded war time train with my sister in her arms, then turnd and handed the baby to a trusting stranger.

Jason Dykstra

Spirituality of Conflict Transformation

(2/22/18)Jason Dykstra

Over the years, I have sensed a profound need for the development of a spirituality of conflict transformation within the peacebuilding community generally and within the Mennonite peacebuilding community specifically.

Cinnie Noble

Letting Conflict Define Us

(2/22/18)Cinnie Noble

There are times we get so caught up in a dispute that we become defined by it.

Lorraine Segal

Managing Conflict with your Inner Critic

(2/22/18)Lorraine Segal

Many of us have a vocal inner critic, who tells us what we’re doing wrong, how what we’re trying won’t work, how we’ll never be good enough.

Shirli Kirschner

Court-based Dispute Resolution

(2/16/18)Shirli Kirschner

Adapted from Prof Tania Sourdin, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 5th ed, 2016, Thomson Reuters. ADRAC gratefully acknowledges the authorship of Professor Sourdin, who kindly prepared this paper.

Cinnie Noble

Being Sorry

(2/16/18)Cinnie Noble

Sometimes we are sorry about what we said in a conflict and say so. Sometimes we are not sorry but say we are anyway.

Lorraine Segal

Setting Boundaries with a Workplace Bully

(2/16/18)Lorraine Segal

Whether the bully is your boss or another employee, setting boundaries can be challenging.

Tammy Lenski

Can this Key Ingredient Protect Your Marriage from Relationship Conflict?

(2/16/18)Tammy Lenski

Couples can have big fights, frequent conflict, and even bicker all the time and still have healthy, fulfilling, and lasting relationships. How so?

Dan Simon

FAQ’s from Mediators

(2/09/18)Dan Simon

I often present to mediators for an hour or so on the transformative approach. These are certain questions that come up regularly.

Eric Slepak

Do Android Mediators Dream of Electric Agreements?

(2/09/18)Eric Slepak

With the new year being still fresh enough that some of us, and hopefully not just me, continue to write 2017 on their checks, the future is at the forefront of many of our minds.

Sabine Walsh

Educating the Dispute Resolvers of the Future

(2/09/18)Sabine Walsh

The ICC Mediation Competition in Paris, and the growing number of others like it, are contributing to a change in the way disputes are going to be resolved in the future.

Ronald S. Kraybill

Talking Stick Breaks Impasse

(2/09/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

Divided Democrats and Republicans found a way to talk this week, and actually listened to each other, using a talking stick!

Tom Kosakowski

World Health Organization Ombuds Says Dysfunctional Management is Impacting Mission

(2/06/18)Tom Kosakowski

In January 2018, the Ombudsman for the international public health agency told leadership that managers lack the interpersonal skills required for effective team communications, constructive conversations about performance, and conflict resolution.

Sherrill Ellsworth

Ask the Judge - Do I need an Attorney's Help to Create a Parenting Plan?

(2/02/18)Sherrill Ellsworth

As long as you and your coParent are committed to working together to create a Parenting Plan that’s best for your children, there is no need for extra costs.

Joe Markowitz

Three Quotations from Lincoln on Conflict Resolution

(2/02/18)Joe Markowitz

It’s ironic that the president who led us through by most measures our most destructive war had some of the most profound things to say about peace-making.

Meredith Richardson

What Does the 2017 Tax Law Mean for Divorcing Couples?

(2/02/18)Meredith Richardson

I sat down with Jill Boynton of Cornerstone Financial Planning to find out how this law will effect divorcing couples.

Phyllis Pollack

I Like You!

(2/02/18)Phyllis Pollack

Lawsuits are products.

Maria Simpson

Juries of Their Peers

(2/02/18)Maria Simpson

When I was in fourth grade, a few millennia ago, our teacher established a system so we could settle a lot of our own disputes.

Patricia Porter

Listening to Your Triggers – How to Suspend Judgment When You Are Angry

(2/02/18)Patricia Porter

A hot button or trigger word can be words, a tone of voice, or a particular way someone conveys body language that sets you off.

John Lande

Three Easy Pieces

(1/26/18)John Lande

This post describes three short pieces that you might want to use in courses or continuing education programs.

Tammy Lenski

Spark a Shift in Perspective with this Question

(1/26/18)Tammy Lenski

It’s hard to get fresh perspective about our situation or the other person when we’re trapped inside a conflict.

Cinnie Noble

Preparing to "Be" in Conflict

(1/26/18)Cinnie Noble

There are times we know we will encounter pushback, defensiveness, offensiveness and other negative reactions to issues we want to raise with another person.

Shirli Kirschner

Criminal Justice and ADR

(1/26/18)Shirli Kirschner

What does ADR mean in the criminal justice context?

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