A Fellow and Board member of the International Academy of Mediators, Karin has enjoyed a distinguished career as a mediator, an attorney and a trainer. She established the Appellate Mediation Office at the Utah Court of Appeals in 1997, served as Chief Appellate Mediator, was Bar Counsel for the Utah State Bar and serves as an adjunct Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law, teaching mediation and negotiation. Ms. Hobbs founded the Dispute Resolution Section of the Utah State Bar and was recognized by her peers in 2004 when she received the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Award of Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution for her work as a mediator and trainer. She has served on the Board of the Utah State Bar Commission and the Board of the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution. She has published several articles on mediation and has conducted hundreds of trainings in mediation and negotiation to attorneys, students at the University of Utah, and business people in the Intermountain West.
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How to Engage the Brain
How do you engage the brain to improve your work, your life, your teaching and your daily negotiations? First, our brains do not like boring things. After about 10 minutes, we check out . . .
The “Secret Sauce” of Grief Counseling and Mediation: A Different Eye
I recently attended a session entitled “What Mediators Can Learn from the Brain Science of Grief Counseling” at the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference in Seattle. I was interested that the lecturer, Professor John Medina, a molecular biologist fed up with current popular myths surrounding neuroscience and author of Brain Rules, was explaining a method of grief counseling that actually helps people who have been traumatized.
Mediation and Negotiation by Skype
The world has changed so much. Should you now mediate by Skype? Perhaps. The author here shares what she sees as the benefits, and some warnings.
The Pull of Hate in Lawsuits
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” Every year at this time, we are reminded of the great work of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. So often I encounter people who seem to “hate” each other.
In a recent series of mediations, I encountered a number of people who began to “hate” each other.
Don’t make the mistake of hiring the iPad Mediator — or, let’s say, the mediator who does not work hard to help the parties settle the case. Find a mediator who will work your case, stay with it until it is settled — unless, of course, you don’t want to settle.
HOA Boards: Mediation vs. Arbitration?
You find yourself on a community association board. Homeowners are complaining about leaking roofs, damaged walls and soggy carpet. The board’s attorney has filed a lawsuit against the roofer.
Mediator Selection: What Mixture of Skills?
Mediator selection is one of the more important decisions you will make as you prepare for mediation. Check with others about their experiences with mediators. Think carefully about what all attorneys and clients need. But, most importantly, interview the prospective mediator.
Shift to Professional Mediators vs. Diplomats in Warring Countries? Cool.
Great news. Foreign governments are promoting professional private mediators as an effective method of resolving world conflicts. They actually recognize the value of professional mediators working to resolve conflicts rather than diplomats. Private mediators lack the political baggage that diplomats carry.
Mediation Confidentiality and Enforceable Settlements: Deal or No Deal?
How do attorneys ensure confidentiality of the mediation process, protect their clients from motions to enforce and enter into binding deals in mediation. This article discusses the critical importance of mediation confidentiality, the application of the Uniform Mediation Act, and offers practical suggestions for attorneys to use to avoid court action regarding mediated settlement agreements.