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Phyllis Pollack

Watch Out for the Non-Verbal Cues!

(2/16/20)Phyllis Pollack

One of the latest blog posts from the Harvard Negotiation Project notes the importance of understanding body language in negotiations.

Joy Rosenthal

Promises, Promises

(2/14/20)Joy Rosenthal

The Oscar-nominated film, Marriage Story, by Noah Baumbach, is really a divorce story. It centers on the relationships between Nicole, an actor, her husband, Charlie, a Broadway director, and their eight-year-old son, Henry.

Ira Glick

Self Improvement Journey

(2/14/20)Ira Glick

A core belief in many traditions holds that the human condition is "dynamic" i.e., not a "static state".

John Lande

Here’s Your Theory-of-Change Book

(2/07/20)John Lande

Your wait for the Theory-of-Change book is over.

Nicole Wilmet

My Favorite Resource Featuring Howard Herman

(2/07/20)Nicole Wilmet

This month, I spoke with Howard Herman, Director of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, to learn about his favorite ADR resource.

Kathleen Kauth

What About Your Furry Friends?

(2/07/20)Kathleen Kauth

So what happens when an older adult experiences a health crisis that takes them away for a time, or becomes unable to live independently?

Daniel Weinstein

Keeping the Peace

(2/07/20)Daniel Weinstein

Judge Danny (as he prefers to be addressed) received the Peacemaker Award and took part in an inspiring conversation that highlighted his commitment to creating peace, resolving conflict and empowering others to do incredible things.

Sahil Kanuga

Mediated Settlements: The Next Realm of Dispute Resolution in India

(2/03/20)Sahil Kanuga

Upon its ratification and coming into effect, the Singapore Convention is expected to provide impetus to mediation as a method of resolving commercial disputes.

John Lande

How to Calculate and Use BATNAs and Bottom Lines

(1/31/20)John Lande

Everyone talks about knowing one’s BATNA in negotiation and mediation. But that’s a lot easier said than done.

Phyllis Pollack

Are You Listening?

(1/31/20)Phyllis Pollack

One of the first things a mediator in training is taught is to listen, really listen what the parties are saying.

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Minding Your Tongue: How to Recover from a Slip and Fail

(1/31/20)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Whether it is a minor slip of the tongue or an entire foot in the mouth, either can lead to some uncomfortable moments followed by the instinct to explain what was “really meant.”

Michael Gorman

7 Tips On How To Protect Child Mental And Emotional Health During A Divorce

(1/31/20)Michael Gorman

Separation is one of the most difficult processes people can go through, but the situation is even more shocking for kids who need to adapt to such a huge change in life.

Jonathan Rodrigues

A ‘Mediator’s Touchdown’: Tactfully concluding imperfect conferences

(1/25/20)Jonathan Rodrigues

“That was a poor landing by the captain,” grumbled an unamused passenger to a stranger across the aisle. “Every flight is a risk. We must not take for granted that we are alive to complain,” the other responded.

Cinnie Noble

Preparing for that Dreaded Conversation

(1/24/20)Cinnie Noble

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail,” Benjamin Franklin.

John Lande

Theory of Change Symposium – Part 5 and Coming Attractions

(1/24/20)John Lande

This jumbo-size post is the last part in the Theory of Change Symposium.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

What if You Die? Divorcing and Death

(1/24/20)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

There’s an interesting dichotomy between married couples’ view of life insurance.

F. Peter Phillips

“Abusing the Mediation Process”

(1/24/20)F. Peter Phillips

Two experts in the Milan UIA Mediation Forum addressed “Abuse in the Mediation Process.”

Keri Morris

The Beauty and Terror of Change

(1/24/20)Keri Morris

In my role as mediator one of the questions I am asked most often by parents, community groups, and interested parties is if an agreement reached at Family Dispute Resolution is legally binding and enforceable through the family court.

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Are the Flow of Interruptions in the Workday Actually Reducing Mental as Well as Work Flow?

(1/24/20)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Reports show that numerous interruptions occur throughout the course of most of our workdays.

Cinnie Noble

Connecting With Our Values

(1/17/20)Cinnie Noble

“It is not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” Roy Disney

Erin Alarcon

The Intersection and Impact of Personality Type and Conflict Management Style

(1/17/20)Erin Alarcon

By understanding the relationship between personality types and conflict management styles we can achieve more productive dispute resolution discussions and increase the potential for mutually satisfactory resolutions.

Felicia Staub

The Effect of Power in Mediation

(1/17/20)Felicia Staub

Balancing power is an important part of mediation. I did a mediation recently in which the levels of power of each party played a very important role.

Carrie Gour

5 (Perhaps Unexpected) Ways to Reduce Legal Fees When Getting a Divorce

(1/10/20)Carrie Gour

For anyone going through a litigated or high conflict divorce which can be very expensive, Kathleen Wells, lead partner at Wells Family Law shares her top 5 tips for keeping costs down.

Varsha Manoj

Negotiating With My Client

(1/10/20)Varsha Manoj

As a freshly minted lawyer, I came to a realization within a few months of joining the workforce - my very expensive university education prepared me for only half the battle.

Margaret Poulter

Falling Into Mediation

(1/10/20)Margaret Poulter

As I near retirement I have had an opportunity to reflect back onto my amazing career as a mediator, to think about all the changes I have seen in the ADR area and also the people who I have helped.

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