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Jan Schau

Watch Your Language!

(8/16/19)Jan Schau

The objectives in a mediation are much different than in litigation; but often the differences are overlooked.

Dan Simon

Czech Transformative Mediators Empower Parents and Kids

(8/16/19)Dan Simon

Transformative mediation is thriving in Brno, Czech Republic.

John Lande

Reflections on Our Field and Possibilities for Improvement

(8/16/19)John Lande

This article discusses reactions to the huge scope of our field.

Bruce Edwards

A Dent in the Universe

(8/16/19)Bruce Edwards

What have we learned from the mediators working tirelessly to promote the institutional and cultural changes necessary to implement mediation within their home countries?

Mark Kantor

Henry Schein Redux – The Appeals Court Decides “The Placement of the Carve-Out is Dispositive”

(8/16/19)Mark Kantor

You may recall that the US Supreme Court last term in Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer and White Sales, Inc. rejected a “wholly groundless” exception to its general principles allocating arbitrability issues between court and arbitrator.

Wean Khing Wong

Benefits of Mediation Program for Recently Evicted Families with Children

(8/09/19)Wean Khing Wong

This mediator proposes a upcoming homeless mediation program, the difficulties of working with the homeless population, and the skills a mediator can bring.

F. Peter Phillips

New Swiss Rules of Mediation

(8/09/19)F. Peter Phillips

The Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI) has revised its Rules of Mediation, effective July 1, 2019.

Beth Graham

CMS Issues Final Rule Allowing Pre-Dispute Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

(8/09/19)Beth Graham

Nursing homes are now able to have protection and a clear plan with arbitration agreements.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Re-imagining Collaborative Law, as well as dispute resolution itself

(8/09/19)Michael A. Zeytoonian

I first heard about Collaborative Law (CL) in 2002 as it began to spread around Massachusetts.

Phyllis Pollack

Process Before Substance

(8/02/19)Phyllis Pollack

Framing is how to present a proposal. Is it presented in a positive fashion or in a negative fashion?

Jason Dykstra

The Best Ten Minutes You’ll Spend All Day

(8/02/19)Jason Dykstra

Researchers spent some time in a knowledge-based customer support and back-office service company (i.e. call centre) and conducted an experiment with a portion of its employees.

Patricia Porter

Verbal Self-Defense Begins with a Mindset of Compassion and Empathy

(8/02/19)Patricia Porter

With Aikido, practitioners learn how to defend without harm to themselves and the attacker.

Arran Heal

What Happens if Employers Have to Prove They're Not Discriminating?

(8/02/19)Arran Heal

Legal recriminations and punishments usually only limit the conversation.

John Sturrock

A Negotiation Emergency?

(7/31/19)John Sturrock

The need for a “Conflict Revolution” is clear. We have a Negotiation Emergency at the same time as we have a Climate Emergency.

Denise French

An Alternative for the Small Business Owner

(7/30/19)Denise French

The small business owner in divorce faces unique challenges that other, regular W2 employees don’t.

Ann Cerney

3 Things To Try If You Think Your Spouse Is Contemplating Divorce

(7/30/19)Ann Cerney

How are we supposed to know, 100%, that our marriage, or significant relationship, is secure?

Cinnie Noble

The “Flip Side” in Conflict

(7/30/19)Cinnie Noble

It is common that we get so caught up in our conflicts that we only see our side.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan (Trigger) Buxton

Tittle Tattle is the Battle: The Army Mediation Service

(7/30/19)Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan (Trigger) Buxton

Centralized coordination of the Army mediation has proved critical to its success.

Sarah Ater

Time-bound Mediation: Good or Bad

(7/19/19)Sarah Ater

The article questions whether allocating a specific amount of time for mediation sessions or limiting the entire period within which to complete the mediation process is a good or bad thing.

Jeremy Pollack

Best Conditions for Workplace Conflict Resolution: When Can it Work?

(7/19/19)Jeremy Pollack

In workplace conflict resolution, just as in any peacebuilding effort, much of the success lies in the parties’ motivation to resolve the dispute.

Lorraine Segal

Follow the Platinum Rule in Diverse Workplaces

(7/19/19)Lorraine Segal

The Platinum Rule is better than the Golden Rule at work, because not everyone is the same.

Cinnie Noble

Wrong Side of the Bed

(7/19/19)Cinnie Noble

Sometimes I wake up in a cranky mood-am I the only one?

John Lande

We Have to Love More, Hate Less. We Got to Listen More and Talk Less.

(7/12/19)John Lande

A quick thought on what we can learn from women's soccer.

Beth Graham

SCOTX Grants Petition For Review Over Local Government Arbitration Question

(7/12/19)Beth Graham

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Texas agreed to consider whether the San Antonio River Authority must arbitrate a dispute related to the costs associated with a $10 million dam project.

Joy Rosenthal

What Happens in the Mediation Room?

(7/12/19)Joy Rosenthal

I ask both parties to come in for an introductory meeting when they inquire about divorce mediation.

Cinnie Noble

At the End of Our Rope

(7/05/19)Cinnie Noble

There are times we become so frustrated with a conflict that we feel spent – that the dynamic and its resolution are insurmountable.

Tammy Lenski

A Way to Turn Anger Into Curiosity

(7/05/19)Tammy Lenski

Only people we love and care deeply about can make us so angry we want to blow a gasket, says famed Star Trek actor George Takei.

Greg Bond

We Can Work It Out / You Can’t Always Get What You Want

(7/05/19)Greg Bond

This article looks at musical greats and what their lyrics can teach us about mediation.

Phyllis Pollack

The Slippery Slope of Negotiations!

(7/05/19)Phyllis Pollack

This looks at a PON article which discusses four reasons why a negotiator might proceed down the slippery slope of an ethical lapse.

Sarah Ater

Mediation and Sitting Protocol

(6/28/19)Sarah Ater

This article explains how the sitting arrangement can help improve the mediation process or cause unease in the parties. It is drawn from the mediator’s experience and illustrates how sitting helps parties gain confidence in the mediator and become more comfortable with each other in their discussions.

Phyllis Pollack

May I Talk to the Other Party ?

(6/28/19)Phyllis Pollack

I have said this before and will say it again: talking to the other party does wonders.

John Lande

Letting Go and Forgiving

(6/28/19)John Lande

The New York Times “smarter living” column has an interesting piece about letting go of grudges and forgiving others.

Mark Kantor

US Sup Ct Grants Review to Decide Whether New York Convention Permits Non-Signatory to Compel International Arbitration on Equitable Estoppel Grounds

(6/28/19)Mark Kantor

The dispute addresses whether, under the New York Convention, a non-signatory can compel arbitration.

Alfred Ramos

Mediating Custody in Highly Contested Divorce Cases

(6/27/19)Alfred Ramos

Child custody is often the most contentious aspect of divorce proceedings.

Leyla Balakhane

How Forgiveness Benefits You After The Divorce

(6/24/19)Leyla Balakhane

Everyone wants to be right, but oftentimes, holding onto one’s pride tears the relationship apart.

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