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Did Will Smith Have an Amygdala Hijack? author.

Did Will Smith Have an Amygdala Hijack?

That is what psychologist Daniel Goleman has described as the fight or flight response.  The amygdala, a tiny almond shaped...

By Joy Rosenthal
Saving Myself by Saving Others author.

Saving Myself by Saving Others

INTRODUCTION Today is the 35th day of the war in our country, the 35th day of opposition to Russian aggression...

By Tatyana Bilyk
A Lesson Learned! author.

A Lesson Learned!

Last week, I conducted a lemon law mediation which highlighted a very valuable lesson. People need to be heard, acknowledged,...

By Phyllis Pollack
Negotiation 101: What Parties Should Know About Negotiations at the Mediation Table author.

Negotiation 101: What Parties Should Know About Negotiations at the Mediation Table

INTRODUCTION For many, especially those new to the process of settling legal disputes, negotiations across the mediation table are like...

By Sheldon Stark
Will Smith: For the Love of Your Spouse author.

Will Smith: For the Love of Your Spouse

By Sherry Ann Bruckner, J.D. What do you say when you feel someone disrespects your spouse?   In what some call,...

By Sherry Ann Bruckner
“My Story” Featuring Patricia H. Thompson, Esq. author.

“My Story” Featuring Patricia H. Thompson, Esq.

Patricia H. Thompson, Esq., joined JAMS after 46 years of trial, arbitration and appellate practice. She uses her experience and...

By Patricia Thompson
Four Tips from my Difficult Discussion with Dad about Driving author.

Four Tips from my Difficult Discussion with Dad about Driving

I was recently nominated by my brothers to tell my 90-year-old father that it was time to stop driving. The...

By Janet Chance
What Podcasts Can Teach Us about Difficult Conversations author.

What Podcasts Can Teach Us about Difficult Conversations

Can podcasts teach us how to have better difficult conversations? Recently, I was a guest on Dr. Darian Parker’s podcast,...

By Lorraine Segal
Letter to our Colleagues about the Russian Invasion of Ukraine author.

Letter to our Colleagues about the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Letter to our Colleagues about the Russian Invasion of Ukraine  Susanne Terry Jackie Font-Guzmán Bernie Mayer  March 17, 2022 Like...

By Susanne Terry, Bernard Mayer, Jacqueline Font-Guzmán
The Importance of Workplace Appreciation (And How to Express It) author.

The Importance of Workplace Appreciation (And How to Express It)

Most of us like to feel appreciated in the workplace, though we’re not always willing to admit that praise is...

By Jeremy Pollack
No Shortcuts when it Comes to Conflict author.

No Shortcuts when it Comes to Conflict

I like this quote by Beverly Sills – it applies to just about everything! When it comes to interpersonal conflict...

By Cinnie Noble
Cookie: When Trust is Absent author.

Cookie: When Trust is Absent

In a Parable of Trust, I discussed how our dog- Buddy- has come to trust us so much that my husband...

By Phyllis Pollack
Mediation Musings author.

Mediation Musings

On Sunday I found one of my slippers upstairs on the newly adopted dog's bed. "Ohmi! No!" I said as...

By Sara Barnes
COVID Consequences: Slouching Toward Civil War author.

COVID Consequences: Slouching Toward Civil War

I.      Into the Fray   The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem....

By Peter Adler
Exploring Agreement – Readiness for Divorce Mediation author.

Exploring Agreement – Readiness for Divorce Mediation

This article describes a private reflective exercise that may be helpful in assessing your current state of readiness to mediate...

By Georgia Daniels
Better Reflecting Mediation to the World author.

Better Reflecting Mediation to the World

While mediators often assist in the creation of near miracles behind closed doors, our miraculous work and effective approaches are...

By James Melamed, J.D.
Being Nice Helps author.

Being Nice Helps

Civil and Dignified Divorce by Martin Rosenfeld, JDIn the Fall 2021 issue of “Family Lawyer Magazine”, an interview appears with...

By Martin Rosenfeld
Further Reflections on the last 525,600 minutes (x 2)! author.

Further Reflections on the last 525,600 minutes (x 2)!

PGP Mediation Blog by Phyllis G. PollackIn December 2020. I posted the following blog. Little did we all know then,...

By Phyllis Pollack
To Mediate or Not to Mediate Your Child Custody Case author.

To Mediate or Not to Mediate Your Child Custody Case

To Mediate or Not to Mediate Your Child Custody Case There are many benefits of using mediation in your child...

By Ben Coltrin
What are the Qualities of a Good Mediator? – video author.

What are the Qualities of a Good Mediator? – video

Have you ever asked yourself, what are the qualities of a good mediator? Is it different for divorce mediation or...

By Bob Bordone
Ronald Melin Supancic – A Memorial author.

Ronald Melin Supancic – A Memorial

“Birth is involuntary. Death is inevitable. Such is life. It begins with a single inhalation. It ends with a single exhalation. In between, we...

By Ron Supancic
Paths Forward for Online Mediation: Final Report of Online Mediation Task Force – Introduction author.

Paths Forward for Online Mediation: Final Report of Online Mediation Task Force – Introduction

READ THE ENTIRE FINAL REPORT Introduction “Welcome to the online mediation revolution”  Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Task Force Chair What follows...

By James Melamed, J.D., Forrest (Woody) Mosten
Paths Forward for Online Mediation – Committee Reports, Recommendations & Resources author.

Paths Forward for Online Mediation – Committee Reports, Recommendations & Resources

Committee Reports, Recommendations & Resources Community Mediation Committee Chair: D.G. Mawn Members: Arron Addison, Kabrina Bass, Brandon Brown, Sara Campos, Corinne “Cookie” Levitz, Charles A. Lieske, Norma...

By James Melamed, J.D., Forrest (Woody) Mosten
Conflict in the Workplace – Mediation Can Make Your Team More Efficient author.

Conflict in the Workplace – Mediation Can Make Your Team More Efficient

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable when people with different values and opinions come together. That is not always a...

By Naveed Khan
High-Tech Dispute Resolution author.

High-Tech Dispute Resolution

Disputing Blog by Karl Bayer, Victoria VanBuren, and Holly HayesJean R. Sternlight, Founding Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict...

By Beth Graham
Negotiation Tactics: How They Work and How to Protect Yourself and Your Client from Them author.

Negotiation Tactics: How They Work and How to Protect Yourself and Your Client from Them

I am a strong proponent of principled negotiation—i.e., negotiation in which both sides attempt to understand the interests and needs...

By Antoinette Raheem
A Rewarding Response author.

A Rewarding Response

A year or so ago I received an email from Kudrat Dev, Founder and CEO of YCM of India.  YCM...

By Charlie Young
The Growth of Mediation in Nigeria author.

The Growth of Mediation in Nigeria

The Growth of Mediation in Nigeria INTRODUCTION This paper seeks to draw upon the experiences of Nigeria as a growing...

By Morenike Obi-Farinde
Virtual Interpersonal Community Mediation: NAFCM Think Tank Report author.

Virtual Interpersonal Community Mediation: NAFCM Think Tank Report

Virtual Interpersonal Community Mediation Think Tank Report hosted by the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) Submitted by D.G. Mawn,...

By NAFCM
Sulha, Community Mediation ? author.

Sulha, Community Mediation ?

Sulha, Community Mediation “Once a wound has healed, it cannot bleed again.”  By Elahe Amani, NAFCM Associate Member and member...

By Elahe Amani

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