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Arthur Pressman

View from the mediator’s chair – what to do (and not do) in mediation

(9/18/20)Arthur Pressman

How to maximize your opportunity to "Win" at mediation.

Christopher Sheesley

Three Questions to Resolve Conflict

(9/18/20)Christopher Sheesley

Continually asking questions, rather than making declarations, is a core creed in my resolution work.

Michael Jacobs

Taking Control of Mediation

(9/18/20)Michael Jacobs

We like to feel in control. To lose this sense of control is to be open to doubt, anxiety, and fear.

Sean Gander

Therapeutic Alliances in Organizations

(9/18/20)Sean Gander

This article discusses fostering collaboration, mitigating conflict, and improving performance.

Pitamber Yadav

Mandatory Course on Mediation for Law Students in India

(9/17/20)Pitamber Yadav

Is mandatory mediation training in India too late?

Tony Guise

Max Schrems strikes again! Where next for Mediation Service Providers and their mediators?

(9/15/20)Tony Guise

Examines the outcome of the CJEU’s decision known as Schrems II from the perspective of mediation service providers and mediators. Proposes practical steps in which the results of Schrems II may be addressed. Reviews the emerging responses of Data Protection Authorities in Europe and the USA.

Hadassah Fidler

What Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Can Teach Us About the Neutrality of the Mediator

(9/15/20)Hadassah Fidler

Pitt and Jolie's divorce has taken a long time, filed for in 2016, although divorced in 2019 their agreement regarding child custody and financial assets is still ongoing.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

In the Time of Covid-19: The Rush to Modification

(9/15/20)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Today as the coronavirus keeps us isolated, huddled in our homes, fearful of venturing too far or thinking too deeply, we cannot long ignore the pandemic’s impact on contractual deals that we made when we thought we understood the present and even banked on a better tomorrow.

Amy Robertson

How to Choose a Divorce Mediator

(9/14/20)Amy Robertson

Mediator fit is really important.

Simon Boehme

You Mediate on Zoom. Now What?

(9/14/20)Simon Boehme

ODR is More Than Zoom

Michael Jacobs

The Paradox of Pain in Mediation

(9/04/20)Michael Jacobs

Pain is a mixed blessing in mediation.

Keri Morris

When Three Becomes a Crowd

(9/04/20)Keri Morris

An example of how dispute resolution can help when the courts can’t.

Mary Salisbury

The Importance of Accurately Attributing Gains on Separate Property in Divorce

(9/04/20)Mary Salisbury

Let’s take a simple example to show why a back of the envelope calculation could provide a completely inaccurate picture of the value of the marital vs separate portions of a joint account.

Roseann Vanella

Breaking Up Doesn’t Have to Mean Going Broke

(9/04/20)Roseann Vanella

Why an uncontested divorce makes sense for high net worth couples.

Kayla Matthews

Employee Contracts Are Becoming Complicated Amid COVID-19

(8/29/20)Kayla Matthews

Employee contracts, which were rarely straightforward before the pandemic, are particularly complicated now.

NAFCM, D.G. Mawn

NAFCM Vulnerable Visions

(8/29/20)NAFCM, D.G. Mawn

The National Association for Community Mediation discusses the importance of having a vulnerable vision, and standing up for it.

Phyllis Pollack

“Death by a thousand paper cuts.”

(8/29/20)Phyllis Pollack

The term “microaggression” was coined in the 1970s by Dr. Chester Pierce who is a psychiatrist, and refers to “subtle, stunning, often automatic, and nonverbal exchanges which are ‘put downs’ of Black people and members of other minority groups; ‘micro’ refers to their routine frequency, not the scale of their impact.” (Id.)

Cinnie Noble

Criticizing Others

(8/29/20)Cinnie Noble

One way that some of us cope when we are in conflict is to criticize the other person for something he or she is saying or doing.

Vanessa Rose

Using Assertive Communication as a Way to Prevent Conflict in the Workplace

(8/29/20)Vanessa Rose

Practicing effective communication is one of the most impactful ways to prevent conflict in the workplace.

Phyllis Pollack

How is Your Attitude? It makes a difference!

(8/21/20)Phyllis Pollack

There is a saying among mediators: often at the start of a mediation, the mediator is the only optimistic person in the room. She is the only one who believes the matter will settle.

Kathleen Kauth

Mind Reading is Not a Communication Strategy

(8/21/20)Kathleen Kauth

Have you ever been in a situation with another individual where you have absolutely no idea what they are thinking?

David Ross

From Eye-Rolls to Grimaces: Understanding Body Language in Virtual Mediations

(8/21/20)David Ross

Today’s post explores the role of body language in virtual or remote mediations, where mediators see participants in a box and on a screen as opposed to in a chair and in person.

Dan Simon

Mediator’s Thoughts for Parents During the Pandemic

(8/21/20)Dan Simon

Divorce or separation is a big challenge in itself.

Roseann Vanella

Divorce Mediation: Using Caucusing to Relieve Pandemic Stress

(8/14/20)Roseann Vanella

Caucusing can be an important tool during the pandemic stress.

Lucia Kanter St. Amour

The Handshake: A Eulogy

(8/14/20)Lucia Kanter St. Amour

Now How Do We “seal the deal”?

Michael Lang

I am no good at making masks, so how can I pitch in during the pandemic?

(8/14/20)Michael Lang

Is there something more I could do, as part of the human community that might make a difference?

Liz Merrill

People are Idiots; Marriage is Dumb; and You Are All Going to Get Divorced

(8/14/20)Liz Merrill

If you get married, chances are you probably also going to get divorced. If you get married more than once, those chances go up.

Peter Adler

Cutback Planning: Consultation in a Time of Retrenchment

(8/14/20)Peter Adler

The goal of a consultation like this is not consensus. It is achieving sufficient consent for leaders to lead.

Sarathi Susheela

Navigating the Listening in Mediation

(8/07/20)Sarathi Susheela

“When there is a patient listener, the speaker starts listening to the speaker within the speaker.”

Morenike Obi-Farinde

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR): A Viable Solution to Speed and Efficiency Issues in ADR

(8/07/20)Morenike Obi-Farinde

Disputes generally are an integral part of human interactions arising from different human transactions

Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu

The Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse (ESMDC)

(8/07/20)Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu

The journey taken by the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) from when it first started till now is a clear indication that there is a buy-in from all stakeholders and disputants that ADR through the LMDC works because of its success story -with access to justice as some literature has revealed.

Larry Ray

Trust Must Be Earned; Trust is Fragile

(8/07/20)Larry Ray

At the heart of any dispute resolution process is Trust.

Christopher Sheesley

Two Words

(7/31/20)Christopher Sheesley

After helping thousands of people resolve disagreements at work, I have found that you can help people with these two words.

Sarathi Susheela

Substance of Negotiation in Mediation

(7/31/20)Sarathi Susheela

The article explains how mediator can facilitate disputing parties to resolve the dispute by making them understand what exactly they want. By using two case studies, the article highlights the skills used by the mediator in assisting the parties in negotiation.

Gabriela Szlak

If a Crime is Admitted, What Then?

(7/31/20)Rich Smukler, Gabriela Szlak

If a person during a caucus session tells the mediator that he committed a crime which had nothing to do with the case in mediation, what does the mediator do?

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