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7 Traits of the Modern Sociopath and Psychopath

(11/12/18)Jeff Thompson

You hope to never negotiate or engage a subject with anti-social personality disorder but if you do, you better know about their common traits and symptoms.

Heartbroken in Pittsburgh

(11/01/18)Andrea Schneider

I thought that teaching the Kavanaugh hearings in a careful and respectful manner a few weeks ago would be the biggest teaching challenge of the semester. I was wrong.

Satisfying Our Clients’ Emotional Due Process Needs

(11/01/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

Emotional due process. What is that, exactly?

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce

(10/19/18)Diane Kramer

Are you struggling with Co-Parenting after divorce? If you are, it is no surprise.

My Favorite Resource Featuring Catherine Geyer

(10/05/18)Susan Yates

Our series, My Favorite Resource, features interviews with our court ADR friends across the country to learn about their favorite resource.

Call for Community Mediation Surveys

(10/05/18)Brennan Frazier

This is a survey request to develop and implement a two-phase data collection process in order to determine the present state of community mediation.

New Mediation Confidentiality Law

(9/14/18)Phyllis Pollack

On September 11, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed in a law which will require attorneys to inform their clients of the confidentiality restrictions related to mediation.

People-Pleasing

(9/06/18)Cinnie Noble

Would you call yourself a people-pleaser?

Stop Giving Others Insult Power

(9/06/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

Do you know people who get upset and insulted easily?

5 Common Misconceptions Surrounding Family Mediation

(8/31/18)Laura Ward

The main difference with family mediation is that, opposed to going through lawyers, you are encouraged to speak directly to each other.

The Exceptional Power of Vision

(7/24/18)Peter Adler

There are many keys to reaching possible agreement. The list includes, among others, discovering not incompatible interests, soothing a hurt relationship, or finding a common enemy. Uncovering a transcending vision can accelerate and amplify the coming together of contending parties. Vision helps achieve agreement.

Lessons from the Iroquois

(7/10/18)Peter Adler

In our mediation efforts, once we are in the realm of “public policy,” we are inevitably poking our noses into questions of intergenerational equity and “governance” and how authentic collaboration can be achieved or improved.

In Isolation Together

(7/02/18)Peter Adler, Nicole Brodie

Ok, we’ve got a problem: Britain has announced a new Minister of Loneliness.

SCOTUS to Consider Delegation of “Wholly Groundless” Arbitrability Claims

(7/02/18)Beth Graham

The high court's opinion will resolve a split among the Circuit Courts of Appeal regarding whether a court may decide the issue of arbitrability in situations where the arbitration claim is groundless.

Comparative Data on Mediation Websites: Most Visited and Most Linked

(6/26/18)Mediate.com

According to Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked dispute resolution website. See the new data here!

A Toddler's Wisdom on Conflict Resolution

(6/15/18)Jan Frankel Schau

The values we share matter more than our differences.

The Edinburgh Declaration of International Mediators

(6/04/18)John Sturrock

I write this in the aftermath of the really uplifting and wonderfully diverse conference which I had the privilege to host and chair recently in my home city, under the auspices of the International Academy of Mediators.

The Gang of Fourteen

(5/29/18)Peter Adler

These are dark times, especially if you are part of the loose community of people who by virtue of nature and/or nurture, are of a mediative persuasion.

The Time for Dispute Resolution Alternatives (DRA) has come

(5/25/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

There was a time, not long ago, when those who found themselves in a dispute had two basic choices: They could either file a lawsuit/initiate some formal complaint process or they could just walk away from the conflict and try to move on.

ODR for All: Digital Accessibility and Disability Accommodations in Online Dispute Resolution

(5/22/18)David Larson, Lainey Feingold

The promise of online dispute resolution (ODR) depends on accessibility.

Two-Step to Prioritize Relationship

(5/11/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

A great move for improving your effectiveness in conflict is mastering the two-step discussion process.

3 Reasons Why You Want to Mediate Guardianship Disputes

(4/27/18)Lee Drizin

Settling the issue of who should take legal guardianship over a ward can be a long, drawn out, and tedious process.

Optimizing the Use of Joint Sessions in Mediation

(4/13/18)John Sturrock

Much has been said and written about the demise of the joint meeting in mediation. In my experience, such a view is premature and, I fear, is potentially wasteful of the power that mediation brings for creative problem-solving.

Social Media-tion: A Bridge for Young Mediators to Enter--and Re-Define--The Profession?

(4/05/18)Gregg Relyea

For years, a gap has existed between mediation training of young students and entry into the field as professional mediators.

What it Takes to be Conflict Masterful

(3/09/18)Cinnie Noble

How we define conflict mastery and the characteristics needed to be and be seen as such varies.

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