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Andrea Schneider

Negotiation will not Fix Sexism

(10/23/21)Andrea Schneider

Let’s start with the obvious–it pains me to realize that negotiation can’t fix everything.

Lorraine Segal

Conflict Management Lessons from Improv Theater

(10/23/21)Lorraine Segal

Can the rules of improv theater help us with conflict?

Dan Simon

Remembering Mediator Irvin P. Foster

(10/23/21)Dan Simon

Irvin P. Foster, who mentored and inspired many mediators, died on September 5th. ISCT Coordinator, Janet Mueller, shares the following remembrance of him.

Cinnie Noble

“When Patterns are Broken, New Worlds Emerge”

(10/23/21)Cinnie Noble

The relevance of this quote by Tuli Kupferberg to interpersonal conflict may not be immediately evident.

Phyllis Pollack

Court Ordered Mediation and Informed Consent

(10/22/21)Phyllis Pollack

Standard I of the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators is entitled "Self-Determination" and admonishes us that "a mediator shall conduct a mediation on the principle of party self-determination."

John Peterson

How Much Money Does Mediation Save Companies?

(10/18/21)John Peterson

By turning their faces from the legal system, many companies have saved fortunes in the money and time that legal proceedings require.

Christopher Keele

Health Systems and the Benefits of Early Dispute Resolution

(10/18/21)Christopher Keele

Recognizing Common Internal Issues That Often Escalate Into Disputes and How ADR Can Help.

Joy Rosenthal

Working with Financial Neutrals

(10/18/21)Joy Rosenthal

One of the hardest problems that a divorcing couple may face is how to divide up marital property.

Xavier James

Managing and Resolving Conflicts in Remote Teams

(10/14/21)Xavier James

Handling remote teams can become quite a challenging task at times, especially when a conflict arises.

Arthur Pressman

What Commercial Trial Lawyers Can Learn from Transactional Lawyers About Mediation

(10/14/21)Arthur Pressman

Why should we be surprised by litigators acting like litigators whether in court or in mediation?

Veera Mahajan

Do You Love Yourself Enough So No One Dares to Hurt You?

(10/14/21)Veera Mahajan

This article is a mantra for those who are navigating difficult conflicts.

Michael Moffitt

What Would *You* Have Done?

(10/11/21)Michael Moffitt

What would you have done, if you were a violence prevention specialists?

Christopher Keele

Recognizing Common Internal Issues That Often Escalate Into Disputes and How ADR Can Help

(10/11/21)Christopher Keele

Here are a few examples of the tensions that arise across financial, operational, and commercial agreements.

Phyllis Pollack

Difficult People

(10/11/21)Phyllis Pollack

One of the first questions a mediator must ask herself is whether she should take a specific case?

Bob Bordone

What are the Qualities of a Good Mediator? - video

(10/07/21)Bob Bordone

Have you ever asked yourself, what are the qualities of a good mediator?

Sharon Kendrick-Johnson

ERRR On the Human Side of Mediation Encompassing Empowerment, Recognition, Reflection and Respect

(10/06/21)Sharon Kendrick-Johnson

This article is an open invitation to the Opposing Party.

John Lande

What I'm Reading

(10/02/21)John Lande

Being retired from teaching and faculty meetings leaves time to do other things. Here are the books I've been enjoying.

Bellwether Mediations As An Alternative To Bellwether Trials

(10/01/21)Diane Welsh

Conceptually, the goal of bellwether mediations is the same as that of its counterpart (a trial): to develop an objective way to value a disparate set of cases to facilitate settlement.

“My Story” Featuring Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez, Retired Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, Florida

(10/01/21)Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez

When asked what advice she has for the next generation of ADR professionals, Mrs. Pereyra-Alvarez says, "Always go in with an open mind. Always believe that you are going to resolve the case, no matter what." This is a biography of her career path.

The New Plan for the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters

(10/01/21)Merrill Hirsh

Helping People Become Special Masters and Special Masters Assist the Administration of Justice: The New Plan for the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters.

Lorraine Segal

Bring Five Percent more Compassion to Conflicts

(9/27/21)Lorraine Segal

Bringing five percent more compassion can really make a difference in conflicts.

Phyllis Pollack

The Mediator as a Choice Architect

(9/27/21)Phyllis Pollack

One of the most important aspects of mediation is self-determination. Standard 1 of the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediation is entitled “Self-Determination.”

Denise French

Divorce Done Differently!

(9/27/21)Denise French

As soon as you begin to contemplate divorce, the nauseating, panic-attack-inducing realization of losing half of your net worth kicks in and you find yourself wondering if it’s even worth it to consider leaving if you’re just going to end up broke and starving. Mediation may not even be an option in your mind, but it should be.

Cinnie Noble

"Never Ruin an Apology with an Excuse"

(9/27/21)Cinnie Noble

This quote by Kimberly Johnson is a good one to consider when it comes to asking forgiveness, giving an apology, and otherwise trying to make amends.

Ron Supancic

Ronald Melin Supancic - A Memorial

(9/21/21)Ron Supancic

Each breath we breathe is an invitation to live more fully, more consciously, more attentive, and more aware.

Irma Gonzalez

Q&A with Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.)

(9/20/21)Irma Gonzalez

Judge Irma Gonzalez has spent the last eight years at JAMS as a mediator, arbitrator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we spoke with Judge Gonzalez about how she started in ADR, her accomplishments, the challenges that she’s faced and her advice to younger generations.

Patricia Thompson

Eight Tips for Mediating High-Profile Construction Disputes

(9/20/21)Patricia Thompson

Large-scale global construction disputes often present a complicated mix of factors, such as publicity-associated risks, government oversight, huge project size, a large number of implicated parties and momentous damage issues.

Mary Salisbury

Preparing and Paying for QDROs in Divorce

(9/17/21)Mary Salisbury

The responsibilities of a plan administrator include reviewing QDROs or DROs and then distributing the funds to the non-plan participant spouse once they have approved the order--which become difficult in a separation.

Naveed Khan

Conflict in the Workplace – Mediation Can Make Your Team More Efficient

(9/17/21)Naveed Khan

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable when people with different values and opinions come together.

Phyllis Pollack

Don’t Chalk My Tires, Or Why Mediation is Not Appropriate

(9/13/21)Phyllis Pollack

This discussion exemplifies one of those very few circumstances in which mediation may not be appropriate because a public policy is at stake.

Kathleen Kauth

Helicopter Conflict

(9/13/21)Kathleen Kauth

What do helicopter parents do best? They hover.

Beth Graham

High-Tech Dispute Resolution

(9/13/21)Beth Graham

In this scholarly work, the authors examine the intersection of online dispute resolution and psychology.

Veera Mahajan

Tips for Addressing Childhood Conflict

(9/10/21)Veera Mahajan

These are steps for teaching your children to reduce childhood conflict.

Sarah Peyton

Yes and No are Powerful Words

(9/10/21)Sarah Peyton

Yes and No are powerful words. What impact does saying each of them have on your body and nervous system?

Bruce Blitman

Mental Health First Aid Training May Make Our Community Happier and Healthier!

(9/08/21)Bruce Blitman, Cindy Wides

“Many people with mental illness are reluctant to seek help or know where to turn for care, while their friends and family members may struggle to know when and how to help,” said Dr. Rotenberg.

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