Interview Section

Robert D. Benjamin The Mediate.com Interview Section includes well over 100 interviews with many of the world's leading mediators.

This Section includes both the seminal Mediate.com interview series: "Views from the Eye of the Storm" and our new 2019 video series: "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society."

Robert D. Benjamin, Mediate.com Senior Editor, is lead interviewer for both interview series.

Video Interviews


Laila Ollapally

Lawyers Can Win in Mediation

(11/20/20)Laila Ollapally

This article discusses the process of mediation, and how a survey which brought out an existing anomaly between the need/expectation of the litigants regarding the role of their lawyers and the perception of the lawyers as to what their clients want from them.

Stephen Erickson

Married Mediators: Marilyn McKnight and Steve Erickson

(11/09/20)Stephen Erickson, Marilyn McKnight

An interview with Marilyn McKnight and Stephen Erickson about the origins of family mediation, their different conflict styles, and the future of conflict resolution. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 2020 Conference.

Jim Melamed

Cyberweek 2020: Opening Session Interview of Jim Melamed by Ethan Katsh

(11/03/20)Jim Melamed, Ethan Katsh

The is Cyberweek 2020's Opening Session: an interview of Jim Melamed, long time CEO at Mediate.com, by Ethan Katsh on 25 years of ODR and Mediate.com.

Donna Silverberg

Married Mediators: Donna Silverberg and Charles Wiggins

(11/01/20)Donna Silverberg, Charles Wiggins

An interview with Donna Silverberg and Charles Wiggins about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

Kenneth Cloke

Married Mediators: Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke

(10/13/20)Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith

An interview with Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

John Sturrock

1st Key-Leadership: Adopt The Edinburgh Declaration

(7/30/20)John Sturrock

At the conclusion of a recent conference, following superb presentations emphasizing the value of principled and interest-based negotiation by William Ury and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, almost 100 mediators signed the "Edinburgh Declaration," an inspirational expression of belief and commitment. The Edinburgh Declaration explains why we mediate, something that is rarely publicly expressed.

David A. Hoffman

Interview with David Hoffman

(7/20/20)David A. Hoffman

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with David Hoffman, founder of The Boston Collaborative and former President of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Richard Salem

Interview with Richard Salem

(7/10/20)Richard Salem

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Richard Salem, a pioneer in the field of mediation and dispute resolution, filmed as part of Mediate.com's ' Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Richard Frankel

Arbitration Conversation No. 8: Prof. Richard Frankel of Drexel University School of Law

(7/05/20)Richard Frankel, Amy Schmitz

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Richard Frankel, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic at the Drexel University Thomas Klein School of Law.

Jeffrey Krivis

Interview with Jeff Krivis

(4/15/20)Jeffrey Krivis

New interview with mediation leader and author Jeff Krivis by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Donald T. Saposnek

Interview with Don Saposnek

(4/10/20)Donald T. Saposnek

This is a new interview with Don Saposnek, long-time leader in the field of divorce mediation and best supporting the interests of children in divorce, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

John Ford

Interview with John Ford: The Future of Workplace Mediation

(4/05/20)John Ford

This is an interview by Dr. Clare Fowler, current Mediate.com Managing Editor, with John Ford, the first Mediate.com Managing Editor and a well-known HR and workplace mediation specialist.

Robert Benjamin

John Lewis Speech and Interview

(4/01/20)Robert Benjamin

From April 2006: Video of Congressman John Lewis, long-time Georgia representative and national civil rights leader, receiving the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Section's annual meeting in Atlanta. See both John Lewis' powerful presentation and Mediate.com's following interview.

Sue Bronson

Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Video Conversation Project - Interview with Sue Bronson

(3/20/20)Sue Bronson

Mediator Sue Bronson doesn't rest upon the familiar, but takes what she knows and applies it in new innovative ways. In this 44 minute video, Sue and Michael Lang discuss screening techniques.

Laila Ollapally

Laila and Tara Ollapally Interview - Mediation in India

(3/15/20)Laila Ollapally, Tara Ollapally

This is an interview with Laila and Tara Ollapally discussing the history and present state of mediation in India, and what opportunities they see over the next 10 years.

Kenneth Cloke

Interview with Ken Cloke

(3/10/20)Kenneth Cloke

This is a new interview of mediation leader and author Ken Cloke by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Howard Herman

Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Video Conversation Project - Interview with Howard Herman

(3/09/20)Howard Herman

Howard Herman and Michael Lang discuss the benefits of reflective practice and its impact on the quality of mediation practice.

Howard Gadlin

Interview with Howard Gadlin

(3/05/20)Howard Gadlin

This is a new interview of Howard Gadlin, long-time leading Ombudsman at UCLA and the National Institute of Health (NIH), by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's video series "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society."

Michael Lang

Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Video Conversation Project

(3/03/20)Michael Lang

As I wrote "The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution," I wondered whether I could include the voices and perspectives of others — not simply through quotations and citations.  I wanted more depth and detail. The result is this "In Their Voices Video Conversation Project."

Tammy Lenski

Reflective Practice: In Their Voices Video Conversation Project - Interview with Tammy Lenski

(3/03/20)Tammy Lenski

From her articles and blogs, Mediator Tammy Lenski is well-known throughout the mediation community. In this 1 hour video, Tammy and Michael Lang discuss excellence in practice and how to become a great mediator.

Stephen Kotev

Stephen Kotev Interview - The Importance of Safety

(3/01/20)Stephen Kotev

This is an interview with Stephen Kotev by Clare Fowler discussing strategies for safety in mediation.

Bruce Edwards

Interview with Bruce Edwards - The Future of Mediation and Mediation in India

(3/01/20)Bruce Edwards

This is a new interview of Bruce Edwards by Mediate.com's Managing Editor, Dr. Clare Fowler. Mr. Edwards discusses the growth in the field of mediation generally and the growth of mediation in India specifically.

Nina Meierding

Interview with Nina Meierding

(2/25/20)Nina Meierding

New interview with Nina Meierding by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Lesley Cook

Lesley Cook Interview - Neurodiversity in Mediation

(11/26/19)Lesley Cook

This is an interview with Dr. Lesley Cook discussing the importance of understanding your neurodiverse clients in the educational, family, and workplace fields.

Hilary Linton

Interview with Jim Melamed, CEO of Mediate.com

(11/04/19)Hilary Linton

Jim began mediating in 1983 and was the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association. Jim then served for 6 years as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (1987-93) and then co-founded Mediate.com with John Helie in 1995. Jim has been CEO of Mediate.com ever since.

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