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Elena Gurevich

Roundup: Legislation with Mediation or Arbitration…Maybe for the future?

(11/17/17)Elena Gurevich

Several bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate this year that touch upon arbitration or mediation.

Phyllis Pollack

I Apologize For Suggesting It !

(11/10/17)Phyllis Pollack

Mediations and their participants never cease to amaze me.

Jennifer Shack

Courts and Attorneys Aren’t Doing Enough to Inform Litigants about Their ADR Options

(11/10/17)Jennifer Shack

Donna Shestowsky at UC Davis School of Law has been researching the relationship between litigants and court ADR programs for quite a while.

Shirli Kirschner

ADR in the Regulation of Aged Care

(11/06/17)Shirli Kirschner

The role of ADR in the aged care sector has a chequered history with regulatory bodies and dispute resolution processes frequently changing in response to public concerns and budgetary considerations.

Joe Markowitz

Bidding Against Yourself

(10/27/17)Joe Markowitz

I had a chance to hear William Ury, best-known as co-author of Getting to Yes, speak this weekend at the SCMA fall conference. One of the things he talked about was seeing yourself as your own worst enemy in a negotiation.

Joe Markowitz

From Litigation to Conflict Resolution

(10/06/17)Joe Markowitz

“From litigation to conflict resolution” describes what happens with most contested legal disputes; they tend to follow a trajectory from an adversarial to a more cooperative process.

Bernard Morrow

How Does Your Mediator Add Value?

(9/29/17)Bernard Morrow

Most of us don’t go to the symphony to watch the conductor or to a sporting event to see the referees in action, but imagine the chaos without their participation.

Phyllis Pollack

Why You Should Avoid Trial and Mediate Instead!

(9/22/17)Phyllis Pollack

We all have cognitive biases.

Bernard Morrow

Joint Session: A Tale of Two Mediations

(9/14/17)Bernard Morrow

I share a tale of two wrongful dismissal mediations conducted weeks’ apart.

Richard Posell

How ADR Can Help Keep Confidential Agreements Confidential

(9/08/17)Richard Posell

The problem of access to and maintenance of the secrecy of contracts or contract terms that are “confidential” by agreement is a common one in litigation.

John Lande

Dealing with Causes as Well as Symptoms of Law Students' and Lawyers' Lack of Well-Being

(8/25/17)John Lande

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being just issued its report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.

Shirli Kirschner

Access to Justice and ADR

(8/18/17)Shirli Kirschner

A degree of controversy still surrounds characterising ADR as an ‘access to justice’ issue.

Steven Platt

Litigation vs ADR – Different Strokes for Different Folks

(8/18/17)Steven Platt

This article describes the cultural, economic and structural changes in the legal and business communities that have transposed “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR) from a “cross-practice” which litigators engage in when they are contractually required or court-ordered to do so to a fully-integrated but increasingly separate and distinct set of dispute resolution services to be offered by law firms or other private “Dispute Resolution Firms”, “Groups”, and “Individual Professionals”.

Joy Rosenthal

Prenup? That’s Good News!

(8/08/17)Joy Rosenthal

Your wedding day is only a few months off and your fiancé nervously mentions that he would like a prenuptial agreement.

Jeff Thompson

Bill Richardson: America’s hostage negotiation strategy is broken

(7/28/17)Jeff Thompson

"The blame is theirs. The lesson for us is that America’s hostage negotiation strategy is broken."

Michael A. Zeytoonian

If You Want Your “Day in Court”, Don’t Go to Court

(7/28/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

“I want my day in court.” This is one of the most frequent desires and sentiments expressed by a new client in our initial conversation about their legal dispute.

Bruce Edwards

The ADR Imperative to Ensure Access to Justice

(7/07/17)Bruce Edwards

On July 6, 2017 a diverse group from the dispute resolution community—lawyers, judges, academics, arbitrators, mediators, policy makers, among others—gathered in London for the latest event in the Global Pound Conferences Series.

Joe Markowitz

California Law Revision Commission Recommendations

(6/30/17)Joe Markowitz

The California Law Revision Commission has issued its draft recommendations for an amendment to the Evidence Code carving out a new exception to mediation confidentiality.

Martin Svatos

WIN-WIN in Practice: Mediation Helping with Sports Disputes and Sports Disputes Helping Mediation

(6/30/17)Martin Svatos

Minor sport arbitration was heading towards rendering of an award which none of the parties would have been happy about.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

The Case for Early Mediation; Part II of II

(6/23/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

In this post, we look at the kind of mediation we are proponents of – early mediation (we call ours “3-D Mediation”) – used either as an alternative to litigation entirely or used very early in the litigation process.

Beth Graham

DOJ Flips on Class Waivers Issue

(6/23/17)Beth Graham

Although the DOJ brief is unlikely to have much impact on the high court’s ultimate decision in the consolidated cases, the Department’s abrupt U-turn in a pending Supreme Court case is both interesting and unusual.

Sarah Cole

Model Standards of Mediator Conduct: Time for Revision?

(6/09/17)Sarah Cole

Is it time to revise the Model Standards for Mediators?

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

It Takes A Solomon: Tearing Children Apart in Divorce

(6/02/17)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

When a couple with children decide that it is time to divorce it is important for them to remember they are not divorcing their children, nor are they divorcing their shared role as parent.

Michael P. Carbone

Cognitive Bias Revisited

(5/26/17)Michael P. Carbone

By now we should all be familiar with what "cognitive bias" is: a mistake in reasoning or decision-making that is caused by sticking to our own pre-conceived ideas based upon personal preferences or feelings.

F. Peter Phillips

Verdict in JAMS Lawsuit

(5/26/17)F. Peter Phillips

A few months ago we posted disconcerting news of a dissatisfied party to a California arbitration who, rather than seeking to vacate the award pursuant to state or federal arbitration statutes, sued the arbitrator and the service provider, alleging that the arbitrator’s qualifications had been misrepresented on the provider’s website.

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