This weekend begins the festival of Chanukah. For eight days, Jewish families light candles and celebrate miracles. They commemorate the victory of the Maccabbees in 165 B.C., who were able to restore the holy temple after the Syrians had desecrated it. As they say, it was not by might, but by right, that the temple was restored and the flame lasted for the 8 days of battle.
Today the Daily Journal published an article I authored called: “Move mountains in the workplace with mediation”. The premise is that behind closed doors, the workplace is changing for the better each day with mediation as it’s catalyst. We mediators may be unsung heroes: our work is always shrouded by confidentiality, but at least in this moment, I am proud to shine a little light on our quiet revolution. Just as those Macabbee soldiers, we don’t carry the heft or fame of a trial lawyer, but we are positively affecting workplaces through our work, one case at a time.
I wish you all a season of miracles and a Happy Chanuka.
Jan Frankel Schau, Esq. settles litigated cases arising out of employment, business and tort disputes. With over twenty years of experience as a litigator, half in Insurance Defense and half representing Plaintiff’s in employment and personal injury, Jan has an unique ability to understand and evaluate both sides of every claim. She is also a professional speaker and author of the new book, “View from the Middle of the Road: A Mediator’s Perspective on Life, Conflict and Human Interaction”.