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Katherine Graham

Why are LGBT+ Employees Still More Likely to be Involved in Workplace Conflict?

(2/19/21)Katherine Graham

New CIPD research suggests that more than four in 10 LGBT+ employees have experienced workplace conflict in the past year.

Scott Levin

Money Buys Happiness

(2/18/21)Scott Levin

There’s something about the beginning of a new year that means making big changes.

Charles Crumpton

Rule of Law in the New Abnormal - Webinar

(2/18/21)Charles Crumpton

New Leadership, New Choices. The host for this episode is Chuck Crumpton. The guests for this episode are James Alfini, Benjamin Davis, Jeff Portnoy, and Vernellia Randall.

Phyllis Pollack

Clash of Approaches

(2/12/21)Phyllis Pollack

I have had several mediations lately in which the approach of the parties clashed.

Is ADR the Cure for COVID-19-Related Litigation?

(2/12/21)Steven Bauer

The benefits of having a neutral with life sciences experience to resolve your disputes.

John Lande

Lawyers are from Mars, Clients are from Venus– and Mediators Can Help Communicate in Space

(2/12/21)John Lande

Litigation often is extremely stressful for clients, and the process aggravates feelings of loss and grief, which interfere with their ability to negotiate effectively and reach agreements.

Paul Rajkowski

Shovel 2 - Saving Traditional Mediation

(2/12/21)Paul Rajkowski

Traditional mediation is about needs and the process that meets those needs- dialogue and self-determination.

Amanda Singer

A First-Hand Experience with My Premarital Agreement

(2/12/21)Amanda Singer

One of the questions I used to get asked most often by my clients was whether I was married, and until recently, the answer to that had always been no, which then often their follow-up question was, are you ever going to get married?

Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

Why are Lawyers Good Mediators?

(2/11/21)Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

In court, a lawyer’s role may be likened that of the client’s champion, and in most cases they represent their clients with great focus and passion.

Andrea Schneider

Open- v Closed-Ended Questions

(2/05/21)Andrea Schneider

I’m about to teach a bit on interviewing and counseling and am using a fun video on different types of questions courtesy of my nieces.

Kathleen Kauth

Start with the Small Rocks

(2/05/21)Kathleen Kauth

In Stephen Covey's book "First Things First" he talks about looking at a jar as the amount of time and energy you have, and a pile of rocks as your tasks.

Robin Gise

Effective Virtual Mediation: 10 Lessons After 10 Months

(2/05/21)Robin Gise

On the last day I was physically present in the office in March 2020, I completed a multi-party mediation with two parties appearing by Zoom at the last minute due to health concerns. How things have changed since that meeting.

Russ Bleemer

CPRAM21 Keynote: CNN’s Dana Bash on Negotiations, Conflict Resolution, and Truth Telling

(2/05/21)Russ Bleemer

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution opened its 2021 Annual Meeting Wednesday afternoon with remarks from CNN’s chief political correspondent, Dana Bash.

Roseann Vanella

Using Private Mediation for a Happier Divorce

(2/05/21)Roseann Vanella

The term “happy divorce” seems like an oxymoron, and maybe it is.

Asa Pitt

Tips for a Productive Divorce Mediation

(2/05/21)Asa Pitt

It’s a common mistake for divorcing spouses to confuse mediation with couple’s therapy.

Sunny Sassaman

The Opportunity of Rejection

(2/05/21)Sunny Sassaman

Fear of rejection can inhibit ones possibilities to reach full potential in life and in the mediation room. Based on an experiment of actively seeking rejection, what can a mediator learn from the connection between conflict and rejection?

Jim W Hildreth

Bats, Rattlesnakes, and a Mine Shaft

(2/05/21)Jim W Hildreth

Mediator Jim Hildreth shares an amusing account of a recent mediation.

Antranik Chekemian

CPRAM21 Day 2 Opener: Carlos Hernandez Presents Five Principles of Prevention

(2/02/21)Antranik Chekemian

Carlos M. Hernandez, recently retired Chief Executive Officer of Fluor, opened the second day of the CPR 2021 Annual Meeting to an online audience of about 180 conflict resolution professionals focusing on dispute prevention techniques.

David Ross

Annoy the Mediator at Your Own Risk: Negotiation Tactics and Missteps to Avoid

(2/02/21)David Ross

Rule number one in any mediation? Don’t tick off the mediator.

Phyllis Pollack

An Ethical Dilemma: What To Do?

(2/02/21)Phyllis Pollack

Teaching mediation ethics has its good points and bad points.

Farzana Kanji

The Benefits of ADR

(2/02/21)Farzana Kanji

When you go to court, lawyers are determined that their client should win at any cost because not only is their client’s wishes at stake, but so are their own reputations.

Genesis Liu

Unmarried Parents and Children

(2/02/21)Genesis Liu

It is said and proven that when a child is born to unmarried parents, the child would most likely remain and be cared for by the mother.

Lorraine Segal

Conversation, Kindness, and Democracy

(1/22/21)Lorraine Segal

Are kindness and conversation still possible? What about the many other people who share a perspective with those folks and are not themselves violent?

Phyllis Pollack

Start 2021 with Apology and Forgiveness!

(1/22/21)Phyllis Pollack

It struck me that as we start 2021, perhaps it is a good time to “turn over a new leaf” by apologizing for our acts and/or omissions and forgiving others for their acts/omissions committed in 2020.

Kathleen Kauth

Cyclical Nature of Interpersonal Conflict

(1/22/21)Kathleen Kauth

When talking about domestic violence, you often hear about the cycle of abuse.

Beyond Civil Rights: The Case for Enforcement of Harassment Laws as a Means to Deter Racially Based Confrontations

(1/22/21)James Ware

As a JAMS mediator, I believe that one of the best ways to assist parties to resolve a dispute is to educate them about the risks they run in continuing the confrontation.

Asa Pitt

Make Yourself Aware About Divorce Mediation

(1/22/21)Asa Pitt

You might be thinking that you don’t need to make yourself aware about anything divorce related because it’s not going to happen to you.

Temitope Akande

Love’s New Mediation Data: Whither the Joint Session?

(1/15/21)Temitope Akande

Mediation, Love says, “is the last bastion,” with mediators trained to promote dialogue.

Denise French

Divorce Noise

(1/15/21)Denise French

It’s so normal for us to ask questions and want information from those who have already been through this overwhelming time in our lives.

Scott Levin

The End Game

(1/15/21)Scott Levin

Deciding to divorce is likely going to be the biggest decision of your life, bigger than even deciding to get married in the first place, and how you choose to proceed will make all the difference.

Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

Landscape of Dispute Resolution

(1/08/21)Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

When you hear about the word landscape of dispute resolution, the first thing that comes to the mind of the people is litigation before a court of competent jurisdiction. However, the parties need to be made aware that the landscape of dispute resolution is wider. It includes along with litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Ronald S. Kraybill

How to AVOID Conflict Gracefully

(1/08/21)Ronald S. Kraybill

If you’re good at selective conflict avoidance, you will have a greater sense of order and control in your life.

Kathleen Kauth

Authenticity in Conflict

(1/08/21)Kathleen Kauth

Many times in tense situations there is a strong desire to minimize the conflict.

[PODCAST] Reflecting on Nine Months of Virtual ADR

(1/08/21)Adrienne Publicover

A special podcast from JAMS featuring neutrals Adrienne Publicover and David Ross on their experiences and lessons learned since shifting to virtual mediations.

F. Peter Phillips

Mediation Confidentiality in Federal Court

(1/04/21)F. Peter Phillips

As a consequence of the absence of uniform adoption of the Uniform Mediation Act, the confidentiality of mediation communications in various jurisdictions often cannot be assured.

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