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Bruce Edwards

Mediation Certification: The Sparrow and the Peacock

(12/07/18)Bruce Edwards

Having taught mediation skills for over twenty-five years and, more recently, having developed an online mediation training curriculum, it’s only natural that I stand as a zealous proponent of mediation training.

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Comparative Data on Mediator Directory Websites

(12/02/18)Mediate.com

According to new data from Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediator directory website.

John Lande

Legal Stress

(11/30/18)John Lande

This post provides excerpts from my research summarizing significant stresses affecting each of these groups and notes resources and ideas for dealing with them.

Phyllis Pollack

Every Dispute is Two Disputes

(11/30/18)Phyllis Pollack

The theme of the session was that while being intelligent is good, it is also very important to have emotional intelligence; the ability to tap into the emotions of others, or to read people.

Dan Simon

Interruption and Self-Determination

(11/30/18)Dan Simon

Chaos? A mediation out of control? A weak mediator? I don’t think so.

Peter Adler

Mediation Dance-Writing

(11/28/18)Peter Adler

Sometime between 480 and 221 BC during China’s Warring States Period, a general named Wu wrote a short and now widely read treatise on how to win a big fight. The highest excellence, he said, is the “sheathed sword,” achieving your goal without fighting.

Jeff Thompson

7 Traits of the Modern Sociopath and Psychopath

(11/12/18)Jeff Thompson

You hope to never negotiate or engage a subject with anti-social personality disorder but if you do, you better know about their common traits and symptoms.

Andrea Schneider

Heartbroken in Pittsburgh

(11/01/18)Andrea Schneider

I thought that teaching the Kavanaugh hearings in a careful and respectful manner a few weeks ago would be the biggest teaching challenge of the semester. I was wrong.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Satisfying Our Clients’ Emotional Due Process Needs

(11/01/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

Emotional due process. What is that, exactly?

Diane Kramer

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce

(10/19/18)Diane Kramer

Are you struggling with Co-Parenting after divorce? If you are, it is no surprise.

Susan Yates

My Favorite Resource Featuring Catherine Geyer

(10/05/18)Susan Yates

Our series, My Favorite Resource, features interviews with our court ADR friends across the country to learn about their favorite resource.

Brennan Frazier

Call for Community Mediation Surveys

(10/05/18)Brennan Frazier

This is a survey request to develop and implement a two-phase data collection process in order to determine the present state of community mediation.

Phyllis Pollack

New Mediation Confidentiality Law

(9/14/18)Phyllis Pollack

On September 11, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed in a law which will require attorneys to inform their clients of the confidentiality restrictions related to mediation.

Cinnie Noble

People-Pleasing

(9/06/18)Cinnie Noble

Would you call yourself a people-pleaser?

Ronald S. Kraybill

Stop Giving Others Insult Power

(9/06/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

Do you know people who get upset and insulted easily?

Laura Ward

5 Common Misconceptions Surrounding Family Mediation

(8/31/18)Laura Ward

The main difference with family mediation is that, opposed to going through lawyers, you are encouraged to speak directly to each other.

Peter Adler

The Exceptional Power of Vision

(7/24/18)Peter Adler

There are many keys to reaching possible agreement. The list includes, among others, discovering not incompatible interests, soothing a hurt relationship, or finding a common enemy. Uncovering a transcending vision can accelerate and amplify the coming together of contending parties. Vision helps achieve agreement.

Peter Adler

Lessons from the Iroquois

(7/10/18)Peter Adler

In our mediation efforts, once we are in the realm of “public policy,” we are inevitably poking our noses into questions of intergenerational equity and “governance” and how authentic collaboration can be achieved or improved.

Peter Adler

In Isolation Together

(7/02/18)Peter Adler, Nicole Brodie

Ok, we’ve got a problem: Britain has announced a new Minister of Loneliness.

Beth Graham

SCOTUS to Consider Delegation of “Wholly Groundless” Arbitrability Claims

(7/02/18)Beth Graham

The high court's opinion will resolve a split among the Circuit Courts of Appeal regarding whether a court may decide the issue of arbitrability in situations where the arbitration claim is groundless.

Jan Frankel Schau

A Toddler's Wisdom on Conflict Resolution

(6/15/18)Jan Frankel Schau

The values we share matter more than our differences.

John Sturrock

The Edinburgh Declaration of International Mediators

(6/04/18)John Sturrock

I write this in the aftermath of the really uplifting and wonderfully diverse conference which I had the privilege to host and chair recently in my home city, under the auspices of the International Academy of Mediators.

Peter Adler

The Gang of Fourteen

(5/29/18)Peter Adler

These are dark times, especially if you are part of the loose community of people who by virtue of nature and/or nurture, are of a mediative persuasion.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

The Time for Dispute Resolution Alternatives (DRA) has come

(5/25/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

There was a time, not long ago, when those who found themselves in a dispute had two basic choices: They could either file a lawsuit/initiate some formal complaint process or they could just walk away from the conflict and try to move on.

David Larson

ODR for All: Digital Accessibility and Disability Accommodations in Online Dispute Resolution

(5/22/18)David Larson, Lainey Feingold

The promise of online dispute resolution (ODR) depends on accessibility.

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