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Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Use Mediators and Police as Conflict Resolution Partners

(7/10/20)Forrest (Woody) Mosten

In recent efforts to improve law enforcement’s role in serving our communities, a major issue is whether police departments can be assisted or replaced by professionals better suited to handling citizen calls on some issues.

David Kellem

Mediators Needed in this Time Which Tries Our Souls

(7/10/20)David Kellem

I am calling upon all Professional Mediators to deploy as a powerful peacemaking force in our current national crisis.

Catherine Gillespie

Failing to Notice the Generosity of Others

(7/10/20)Catherine Gillespie

Empathy within a mediation session can prove a catalyst for success as long the mediator helps parties not miss the opportunity. Recognizing this skill and the courage of parties to move from entrenched positions will not be missed by an experienced mediator.

Charlie Irvine

What Do ‘Lay’ People Know About Justice?

(7/03/20)Charlie Irvine

University teachers faced with marking hundreds of papers have been known to find some crumbs of comfort in students’ more eccentric answers.

Let Communities and Police Together Keep the Peace: Op-Ed

(7/03/20)D.G. Mawn

: Op-EdScores of cellphone videos, capturing police violence around the country, have revealed to millions the depth and breadth of systemic racial bias in the United States. Understandably, many are calling for a new way.

John Lande

BATNA’S Got to Go

(7/03/20)John Lande

In a recent DRLE listserv colloquy, I threatened to save for another day an extended rant about why we are so doggone attracted to using confusing jargon. That day has arrived.

Vittorio Indovina

Mediation in the Legal Culture of Italian Lawyers: Some Data from an Empirical Study

(6/26/20)Vittorio Indovina

In this short article, the author outlines the main findings of a qualitative research study conducted in Italy in 2018 with the purpose of understanding how mediation is enculturated in the legal culture of local attorneys, and what role, if any, the local law regulating mandatory mediation plays in this regard.

Georgia Daniels

Parenting While Angry

(6/26/20)Georgia Daniels

This article is arranged as an open letter to my clients, who are divorcing during the pandemic.

Paul Rajkowski

Did Traditional Mediation Die?

(6/26/20)Paul Rajkowski

After writing the obituary, many comments came forward saying mediation was not dead. It was different. This is a response to those comments.

John Lande

Kristen Blankley: New Opportunities for Pro Bono in a Pandemic

(6/26/20)John Lande

COVID-19 has created additional need for legal services in many areas, including housing, consumer law, employment law, probate, family law, domestic violence advocacy, criminal law, among others.

Lenton Aikins

George Floyd: A Call to White Leadership

(6/20/20)Lenton Aikins

The purpose of this brief article is to respond to the article titled “George Floyd: What Leaders Need To Do Now,”published in Mediate.com and to offer some comments by a living black man whose paternal grandfather and grandmother were slaves.

Roseann Vanella

Using Mediation for Family Business Disputes

(6/19/20)Roseann Vanella

Being in business with family members involves some unique dynamics that are not present with other types of business arrangements.

Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu

Behind the Legal Frustration

(6/19/20)Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu

This paper focuses on the problems with litigation, the effectiveness of Arbitration in comparison with litigation and concludes by addressing the issue raised in the question relating to the effectiveness of arbitration in comparison to litigation.

Phyllis Pollack

Addressing Ethical Issues in Online Mediations

(6/19/20)Phyllis Pollack

Recently, I posted a blog about some of the ethical issues that might arise in mediating online using a video conferencing service. While I raised several issues, I did not address how to respond to the issues.

Vanessa Rose

Avoiding the Need for Workplace Dispute Resolution

(6/19/20)Vanessa Rose

Conflict arises in most workplaces at one point or another, but companies who take time to address the unmet needs of their employees may find that they have an easier time preventing or managing conflict overall.

Arthur Rosenbloom

Mediating Disputes Involving Financially Shaky Defendants

(6/12/20)Arthur Rosenbloom

My experience suggests that the mediator's toolbox contains techniques that can help financially shaky defendants settle.

Christopher Sheesley

Make Your Next Apology Irresistible

(6/12/20)Christopher Sheesley

Apologies are an important part of conflict resolution--and they are not always easy!

Jonathan Rodrigues

Mumbai Set to Host India’s First Masters Course in Mediation

(6/08/20)Jonathan Rodrigues, Tanu Mehta

Mediation in India has taken giant strides over the last few years. The new course offerings are a testament to these advances.

Marco Marinaro

Ministerial Panel on Extrajudicial Proceedings in Civil and Commercial Matters

(6/08/20)Marco Marinaro

The Manifesto of Justice Complementary to the Jurisdictional System: A Concrete Answer to the Social and Economic Emergency. An Italian manifesto for resolving social disputes.

Sarah Ater

Managing Conflict at Home During COVID-19

(6/08/20)Sarah Ater

This links to a free course for practitioners, or to show to their clients as a resource, for resolving home conflict during the quarantine.

Joshua Javits

Congress Awakes!

(6/08/20)Joshua Javits

This is an opinion piece about the country's response to the pandemic: "There is no simple prescription without the hard work of identifying the precise nature of our problems and working together toward their remedy."

Mitch Cohen

What Happens If You are Getting a Military Divorce?

(6/08/20)Mitch Cohen

Most of those in the know agree that military marriages are burdened by stresses and strains beyond those of an ordinary marriage.

Erin Fisher

Exploring Mediation in Netflix's Tiger King

(5/29/20)Erin Fisher

Netflix's ubiquitous documentary, Tiger King, is a real-life lesson in the value of mediation over litigation. Whether you're Joe Exotic battling with Carole Baskin, an employee frustrated with a co-worker, or a spouse leaving a marriage, mediation can work efficiently while preserving your sanity, saving you time, and reducing your costs.

Roseann Vanella

Tips for Divorcing Couples - Videos 2 through 5

(5/29/20)Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.

F. Peter Phillips

In Zoom We Trust

(5/29/20)F. Peter Phillips

My first real-life experience with pandemic-forced online dispute resolution was in early April — a baptism by fire.

Cinnie Noble

Asking for Help When in Conflict

(5/29/20)Cinnie Noble

Winnie the Pooh is a lot smarter than I am.

Lorraine Segal

The Kindness of Strangers During a Pandemic

(5/29/20)Lorraine Segal

Amidst all the pandemic grief and fear, people step up in big ways to help each other.

Sarah Ater

What Mediators Must Consider as They Work

(5/22/20)Sarah Ater

This article highlights the impact of COVID-19 on face to face mediation as social distancing is encouraged. It also discusses other instances when mediators need to stay away from the mediation process such as when they are physically tired or when they face psychological or mental issues.

Orit Asnin

To Mediate (out of) Corona

(5/22/20)Orit Asnin

What can be learnt from mediation practices, towards handling the Corona challenges?

Giovanni Matteucci

ODR Tips and Tricks

(5/22/20)Giovanni Matteucci

With the COVID-19 pandemic and everybody home, Internet becomes the highway of contact with the world. And, in mediation, mass transmigration to ODR.

Paul Rajkowski

The Death of Traditional Mediation - An Obituary

(5/18/20)Paul Rajkowski

Traditional mediation was not a "one size fits all."

Giuseppe Leone

4 Things You Definitely Need to Become an Accomplished Online Mediator

(5/18/20)Giuseppe Leone

The success of online mediation depends 95% on your mediation experience and skills.

Roseann Vanella

Divorce & Managing Anxiety during COVID-19 - Video

(5/18/20)Roseann Vanella

We decided to bring experts together who can provide some tips on how to deal with the stress of not only COVID-19 but the stress of going through a divorce or separation during these unprecedented times.

Sarathi Susheela

Empathy in Mediation

(5/17/20)Sarathi Susheela

Empathy is considered as the “Soul of Mediation.”

David Smith

Lessons from Teaching Facilitation Online

(5/08/20)David Smith

What a dispute resolution teacher has learned about connecting online.

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