Laura A. Kaster is the 2014 Boskey Award winner for NJ-ADR Practitioner of the Year. She is a mediator and arbitrator in Princeton NJ. She has over 30 years' experience with complex and IP disputes. Before working full-time as a neutral, she was chief litigation counsel for AT&T and a partner in the law firm Jenner & Block. She was chair of the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section from 2011-2013 and Co-Editor of NYSBA's Journal, Dispute Resolution Lawyer. She is the president of the Justice Marie l Garibaldi ADR inn of court.
Getting to Yes with the Dowager Countess of Downton(04/25/14)
During the long hiatus between Downton Abbey seasons, I have been contemplating why the Dowager Countess is so central to the show. Yes, of course, it is the magnificent acting of Maggie Smith that comes first to mind, but I am not focused on the acting so much as the power of the character Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess of Grantham – a power she possesses despite the absence of any authority whatever. Indeed, it is her son, Robert the Earl of Grantham, who has the nominal power. So how does the Dowager Countess so often achieve her own ends?
Motion Picture Comes To Life (05/06/11)
This is a brief summary of the 9th Circuit appeal in the Facebook case and: Facebook v.Winklevoss and its teaching for advocates in mediation. It also discusses the movie Social Network which was based on the Facebook dispute.