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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?

Joyce Odidison

In Their Voices: Video with Joyce Oddison

(7/31/20)Joyce Odidison, Michael Lang

This article shares a video of Michael Lang interviewing Joyce Oddison about how to stay resilient through difficult times. 

Sarah Ater

How Was It?

(7/31/20)Sarah Ater

Whenever I make a presentation or moderate a session, I call the convenor or speaker afterwards and simply ask: How was it?

S Kushi

The Delhi Pact, 1950: Negotiating to Not Wage War

(7/28/20)S Kushi

This article critically analyses the various flaws in the 6-day negotiation that took place between the Indian and Pakistani Government with respect to the Liaquat-Nehru Pact. It throws light on the fact that though this negotiation wasn't principally ethical or viable but was very much required to save the world from becoming a spectator to yet another war.

Phyllis Pollack

Some Practical Considerations When Mediating Online!

(7/28/20)Phyllis Pollack

This article discusses the practical considerations or the do’s and don’ts of conducting a mediation online.

Lorraine Segal

Feedback, Hot Buttons, and White Fragility

(7/28/20)Lorraine Segal

Being open to difficult feedback, even about racism, can help you grow.

Cinnie Noble

The Conflict Iceberg

(7/28/20)Cinnie Noble

The metaphor of an iceberg has commonly been used as a metaphor about conflict.

Daniel Dana

Simple Magic - A haiku

(7/28/20)Daniel Dana

This is a haiku that discusses the art of dispute resolution.

Maliha Safiullah

Using E-Mediation and Online Mediation Techniques for Conflict

(7/17/20)Maliha Safiullah

Where medicine may have been conventional, the most conservative profession is often thought to be law.

John Lande

BATNAs and the Emotional Pains from “Positional Negotiation”

(7/17/20)John Lande

If you have problems with BATNA theory, you aren’t the only one.

Charlie Young

Online Dispute Resolution: You Can Do This!

(7/17/20)Charlie Young, Bob Wright

Aspects of ODR have been with us in one form another for decades.

Judy Rashid

Change Power is in the Process: When Listening is Not Enough

(7/17/20)Judy Rashid

Since the untimely and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, the response from many organizations, places of work, and corporations have been to hold listening sessions specifically for African Americans to “share their story” with their peers.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Use Mediators and Police as Conflict Resolution Partners

(7/16/20)Forrest (Woody) Mosten

In recent efforts to improve law enforcement’s role in serving our communities, a major issue is whether police departments can be assisted or replaced by professionals better suited to handling citizen calls on some issues.

David Kellem

Mediators Needed in this Time Which Tries Our Souls

(7/10/20)David Kellem

I am calling upon all Professional Mediators to deploy as a powerful peacemaking force in our current national crisis.

Catherine Gillespie

Failing to Notice the Generosity of Others

(7/10/20)Catherine Gillespie

Empathy within a mediation session can prove a catalyst for success as long the mediator helps parties not miss the opportunity. Recognizing this skill and the courage of parties to move from entrenched positions will not be missed by an experienced mediator.

Charlie Irvine

What Do ‘Lay’ People Know About Justice?

(7/03/20)Charlie Irvine

University teachers faced with marking hundreds of papers have been known to find some crumbs of comfort in students’ more eccentric answers.

NAFCM, D.G. Mawn

Let Communities and Police Together Keep the Peace: Op-Ed

(7/03/20)NAFCM, D.G. Mawn

: Op-EdScores of cellphone videos, capturing police violence around the country, have revealed to millions the depth and breadth of systemic racial bias in the United States. Understandably, many are calling for a new way.

John Lande

BATNA’S Got to Go

(7/03/20)John Lande

In a recent DRLE listserv colloquy, I threatened to save for another day an extended rant about why we are so doggone attracted to using confusing jargon. That day has arrived.

Vittorio Indovina

Mediation in the Legal Culture of Italian Lawyers: Some Data from an Empirical Study

(6/26/20)Vittorio Indovina

In this short article, the author outlines the main findings of a qualitative research study conducted in Italy in 2018 with the purpose of understanding how mediation is enculturated in the legal culture of local attorneys, and what role, if any, the local law regulating mandatory mediation plays in this regard.

Georgia Daniels

Parenting While Angry

(6/26/20)Georgia Daniels

This article is arranged as an open letter to my clients, who are divorcing during the pandemic.

Paul Rajkowski

Did Traditional Mediation Die?

(6/26/20)Paul Rajkowski

After writing the obituary, many comments came forward saying mediation was not dead. It was different. This is a response to those comments.

John Lande

Kristen Blankley: New Opportunities for Pro Bono in a Pandemic

(6/26/20)John Lande

COVID-19 has created additional need for legal services in many areas, including housing, consumer law, employment law, probate, family law, domestic violence advocacy, criminal law, among others.

Lenton Aikins

George Floyd: A Call to White Leadership

(6/20/20)Lenton Aikins

The purpose of this brief article is to respond to the article titled “George Floyd: What Leaders Need To Do Now,”published in Mediate.com and to offer some comments by a living black man whose paternal grandfather and grandmother were slaves.

Roseann Vanella

Using Mediation for Family Business Disputes

(6/19/20)Roseann Vanella

Being in business with family members involves some unique dynamics that are not present with other types of business arrangements.

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