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The ABC's Of Conflict Thanks The ADR Blogosphere And

by Victoria Pynchon
October 2010

From Settle It Now Negotiation Blog

Victoria Pynchon

(pictured:  the Queen of the ADR Blogosphere ~Diane Levin of the Mediation Channel and the World Directory of ADR Blogs)

 I began to blog on ADR topics in 2006 when I stumbled over local mediator Jeff Krivis’ blog (thanks Jeff!) I’ve often said that the blogosphere is a small Midwestern town where the residents feel safe enough to keep their doors unlocked at night and everyone has carte blanche to walk into the neighbors’ kitchens, open their refrigerators and taste whatever gustatory pleasures await their curiosity.

Chief among my guides and colleagues in this generous and collaborative world were and are the brilliant and savvy Diane Levin whose Mediation Channel andWorld Directory of ADR Blogs set the standard high enough to keep me blogging in an effort to reach it. Others in the blogosphere who directly or indirectly contributed to the book include Tammy Lenski (Conflict Zen),Stephanie West Allen (Idealawg and Brains on Purpose), Geoff Sharp(formerly of Mediator Blah Blah and now of the m3 blog); John DeGroote(Settlement Perspectives); Jan Frankel Schau (Mediation Insights), Phyllis Pollack (PGP Mediation Blog), Jeff Thompson (Enjoy Mediation), Karl Bayer,Victoria VanBuren, and Holly Hayes (Disputing Blog), Lee Jay Berman (Eye On Conflict Blog) and the Professors behind the ADR Prof Blog (Andrea SchneiderMichael MoffittSarah ColeArt HinshawJill Gross, and Cynthia Alkon).

No list of mediation writers would be complete without Jim Melamed and John Ford, both of which published my first mediation article back in 2005. They provide a home for mediators and the work that mediators do with passion, pride and the promise of a better tomorrow. To these wonderful folks I dedicate the chapter N is for Neighbor.

Special thanks also goes to anonymous Ed. of Blawg Review for whom I spent many happy months as a “sherpa,” finding and recommending the best law blog posts of the week for inclusion of that mainstay of the legal blogosphere. Though I personally know Ed. to be bold and forthright, because he has remained anonymous all of these years, I am irresistibly drawn to dedicate to him the chapter P is for Paranoid.

And if you're looking to purchase the ABC's ~ you've come to the right place! ~ here they are ~ A is for Asshole, the Grownups' ABC's of Conflict Resolution.


Attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon is a panelist with ADR Services, Inc. Ms. Pynchon was awarded her LL.M Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in May of 2006, after 25 years of complex commercial litigation practice, with sub-specialties in intellectual property, securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage, consumer class actions and all types of business torts and contract disputes.  During her two years of full-time neutral practice, she has co-mediated both mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences with Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Alexander Williams, III and Victoria Chaney.  As a result of her work with Judge Chaney in the Complex Court at Central Civil West, Ms. Pynchon has gained significant experience mediating construction defect litigation.  Ms. Pynchon received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the U.C. Davis School of Law. 

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