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Mediation and Negotiation Summer Reading

From the blog of Nancy Hudgins

Where does the time go? Only two weeks ‘til Labor Day weekend. Yikes!

For those of you who are off to the pool or beach before school and the presidential campaigns start in earnest, I am pleased to suggest an End of Summer Mediation and Negotiation reading list. All of these books came out this summer with the exception of Professor Craver’s. (It just happens to be new to me.)

Cloke, Conflict Revolution: Mediating Evil, War, Injustice and Terrorism. I interviewed Ken about his book, which suggests using mediation’s interests-based approach to international conflict, here.

Craver, Effective Legal Negotiation and Settlement. Who knew that one could write an accessible and readable hornbook? My negotiation professor has done it! Everything you need to know about negotiation is right here.

Friedman and Himmelstein, Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding. The Understanding Method of mediation is an insightful and powerful way to address conflict, one which can leave your clients more satisfied than any other approach. Here’s my earlier review.

Goldstein, Martin & Cialdini, Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive. I posted a short review of this book, here. I’m a Cialdini fan and this book is a breezy and fun summer read.

Lenski, Making Mediation Your Day Job. If this vacation is one in which you plan to sit back and assess where you are and where you’re going, this book is indispensable. You do not need to aspire to be a mediator to read this engaging marketing book. You can read my review at here.

I hope on your time off you’ll re-charge and have fun!


Nancy Hudgins

Nancy Hudgins, a San Francisco mediator and lawyer, began specializing in civil litigation in the 1970's. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, chiefly in personal injury, medical malpractice, elder abuse and product liability lawsuits, but also in a wide variety of complex litigation, including civil rights, fraud and class… MORE >

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