Recently, I attended a Zoom presentation sponsored by the American Jewish Committee San Francisco entitled, “Judging Implicit Bias: The Role of Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision-making.”
One beautiful morning my toddler was playing in his Cozy Coupe toy car when it was time for me to take him to playgroup.
A common question at my initial free consultation with clients is, “Will I need to have a lawyer?” or, “Am I going to have to hire a lawyer?”
The UK Civil Justice Council recently issued a report determining that parties to a civil dispute can legally be compelled to participate in an ADR process (e.g., mandatory mediation) and that doing so could also be desirable under certain circumstances.
(7/23/21)Dusty and Vicky Rhoades, Dan Simon
Constructive dialogue is essential in our world today, and indeed, transformative. It has the ability to open our eyes to the pain of others as well as our own.
One of the big issues that creates conflict at work and interferes with harmonious relationships, is many people’s inability to acknowledge their own mistakes.
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law adopted a simplified insolvency regime that recommends mediation to resolve disputes between financial sector creditors and small debtors during its 54th Session.
Conflict Coaching, Conflict Consulting, Counseling or Mediation, what is the difference?
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed numerous areas of our lives, including education.
When you’re arguing, the worst thing that you can do is expect one person to come out of the argument victorious.
We live in an uncertain world where things can change radically at the drop of a hat. We experienced this last year in a huge way with the Covid-19 outbreak.
This article examines this author's perspective on immigration from a conflict resolution perspective.
In the middle of the desert and savannahs, and in big and small cities – far from home – it feels we are defined only by our presence in the moment.
Why do mediators request briefs from the parties? No- it is not just to learn about the case.
A light-hearted comparison of mediators and cats.
The common attribution to the word ‘Mediator’ is one who is neutral, one helps to resolve or one who helps to balance the power to create a space for negotiation and navigate through barriers created by perspectives.
There are multiple instances where there is conflict without resolution. However, we can see examples in the gang truce where resolution has been possible.
When you encourage and compliment your clients, you will discover the power of your words in the mediation process.
Above all, remember that co-parenting is about your kids.
A successful leader will be able to strategically provide information to staff to help them fill in the blanks about changes occurring in the business world.
Let’s reflect on our experiences, the mistakes we made, the lessons we learned and the conflicts we resolved.
BrewDog is the latest ‘name’ brand to hit national news headlines for the worst of reasons: former staff coming together to ‘expose’ what they claim is a toxic culture of fear, bullying, and lies.
(7/12/21)Ronald S. Kraybill
Like it or not, there’s no going back to the old ways of leading and managing. We must expand the skill set of leaders at all levels.
Mediation in the field of business and human rights to help resolve a conflict between stakeholders/workers upstream a global supply chain and corporate actors in South East Asia with the full participation of civil society (NGOs national and international).
One thing that all humans can agree upon is that we make assumptions. Whether we like it or not it is part of our nature.
As far as I can tell, much of the research on how neural functions affect mediation has been done in the last 20 years.
So here is a proposed Protocol for online mediation; the mediator should:
As the fence grows larger, traditional mediation is further diminished by all the versions in the current culture.
(7/08/21)Julian Granka Ferguson
In a democracy, there exists a presumption of freedom to operate within the context of the law.
In the past, I have discussed studies on the unreliability of witness identification of suspects in criminal proceedings.
I wrote this article growing out of the lively discussion in a program on fairness.
Many have come to appreciate, even love, the ease, convenience, flexibility, time and cost savings associated with meetings, hearings, mediations, arbitrations and conferences conducted via video conferencing technologies such as Zoom, Teams and others.
This article reflects on a panel discussion that took place on April 14, 2021, as part of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Virtual Spring Conference, titled "Dispute Resolution Pandemic Pivot: Systems Design for Socioeconomic Inequality issues.”
In a randomized controlled trial of family cases involving parents reporting high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV), parents felt safer in and were more satisfied with shuttle and videoconference mediation than litigation.
Following the “insurrection,” “putsch,” or “attempted coup” in Washington D.C., on January 6, 2021, and the subsequent acquittal of President Trump on impeachment charges, we find ourselves facing extremely significant and difficult, yet very different political conflicts and challenges from those we faced before.
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.”
The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed, 1969
RSI’s Director of Research, Jennifer Shack, and Professor Shestowsky are working with the Pew Charitable Trusts to evaluate online platforms that courts are using to assist parties in engaging in mediation and negotiation.
After years of working with those going through divorce, we have found individuals with two factors really thrive during divorce.
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.” ~Albert Einstein
We know a toxic culture in the workplace is bad for morale, engagement, and performance. New research evidence suggests the human costs can be far more serious.
The article suggests that there is little formal training for mediators, especially volunteer mediators who may co mediate with many different partners to work effectively together, and makes some simple and concrete suggestions for ways to remedy this.
(6/27/21)Lydia Ray, Jonathan Rodrigues
Individuals sinking in personal or professional problems may turn to a mediator; Businesses troubled with contractual and commercial disputes may appoint a mediator; Nation-states imploding in racial or communal tension may call on a mediator – and after all this giving, who does the Mediator call on in times of need?
My goal has always been to provide each and every mediation participant with the most satisfying experience possible.
There is often an assumption that someone who works in a helping profession such as healthcare, senior living, social worker, schools etc. are kind and generous people who completely live up to the mission and values that the organization promotes.
Bystanders can stand up and stop workplace gossip.
A podcast produced by the American Bar Association features JAMS Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Mark Smalls on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
(6/25/21)Eric R. Galton
A funny thing happened on April 1, 2020. After over 30 years and 7,500 cases as an in person, high-touch mediator, I grudgingly became, out of necessity born by COVID-19, a virtual, online mediator.
When I saw an accident, my brain turned to mediation mode, to me this was essentially setting the stage for a mediation and being in control of how the situation unravels.
The term “Mentor” been commonly used to include guide, champion, teacher, supervisor. Today because we inherited many traditions of mentoring practices, we continue to use the term broadly while also attempting to give it somewhat more definition in terms of mediation and related professional practices.
(6/18/21)Jen Schimbeno, Brandyn Roark Caires
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The ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) ACE’s study, is one of the largest studies about traumatic events in the lives of children ages 0-17. This study identifies three types of risk factors for trauma in children: abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.