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Phyllis Pollack

Court Ordered Mediation and Informed Consent

(10/22/21)Phyllis Pollack

Standard I of the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators is entitled "Self-Determination" and admonishes us that "a mediator shall conduct a mediation on the principle of party self-determination."

John Peterson

How Much Money Does Mediation Save Companies?

(10/18/21)John Peterson

By turning their faces from the legal system, many companies have saved fortunes in the money and time that legal proceedings require.

Michael Moffitt

What Would *You* Have Done?

(10/11/21)Michael Moffitt

What would you have done, if you were a violence prevention specialists?

“My Story” Featuring Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez, Retired Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, Florida

(10/01/21)Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez

When asked what advice she has for the next generation of ADR professionals, Mrs. Pereyra-Alvarez says, "Always go in with an open mind. Always believe that you are going to resolve the case, no matter what." This is a biography of her career path.

Phyllis Pollack

The Mediator as a Choice Architect

(9/27/21)Phyllis Pollack

One of the most important aspects of mediation is self-determination. Standard 1 of the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediation is entitled “Self-Determination.”

Denise French

Divorce Done Differently!

(9/27/21)Denise French

As soon as you begin to contemplate divorce, the nauseating, panic-attack-inducing realization of losing half of your net worth kicks in and you find yourself wondering if it’s even worth it to consider leaving if you’re just going to end up broke and starving. Mediation may not even be an option in your mind, but it should be.

Patricia Thompson

Eight Tips for Mediating High-Profile Construction Disputes

(9/20/21)Patricia Thompson

Large-scale global construction disputes often present a complicated mix of factors, such as publicity-associated risks, government oversight, huge project size, a large number of implicated parties and momentous damage issues.

Irma Gonzalez

Q&A with Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.)

(9/20/21)Irma Gonzalez

Judge Irma Gonzalez has spent the last eight years at JAMS as a mediator, arbitrator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we spoke with Judge Gonzalez about how she started in ADR, her accomplishments, the challenges that she’s faced and her advice to younger generations.

Naveed Khan

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

(9/17/21)Naveed Khan

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable when people with different values and opinions come together.

Phyllis Pollack

Don’t Chalk My Tires, Or Why Mediation is Not Appropriate

(9/13/21)Phyllis Pollack

This discussion exemplifies one of those very few circumstances in which mediation may not be appropriate because a public policy is at stake.

Phyllis Pollack

How Do You Define “Ethics?”

(9/07/21)Phyllis Pollack

"For centuries, we have shared common expectations of how we behave ethically in society, based largely on a mutual understanding of the reality in which our decisions play out. These underlying expectations have come to be guided by three pillars."

John Lande

The Role of Law in Legal Disputes

(8/13/21)John Lande

Law school teaches students that law is a seamless web of rules emanating from authorities like statutes and cases which they must memorize and finely parse in hypothetical cases.

Joan Feeney

[PODCAST] JAMS Neutrals Discuss the Use of Mediation in Bankruptcy Cases

(8/09/21)Joan Feeney, Phillip Shefferly

A podcast from JAMS featuring Hon. Joan N. Feeney (Ret.) and Hon Phillip J. Shefferly (Ret.) discussing the intersection of ADR and bankruptcy disputes, drawing on their experience as retired bankruptcy judges and mediators

Ronald S. Kraybill

Use This Tool to Talk About COVID19

(7/30/21)Ronald S. Kraybill

With COVID19 cases rocketing once again, old questions return. We are all inescapably affected by the behaviors of others on this so we have to work out the answers with other people around us.

Hiro Aragaki

New UK Report on Mandatory ADR

(7/23/21)Hiro Aragaki

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.

Ranse Howell

Disruptions, Disputes, and Dialogue: What Just Happened?

(7/12/21)Ranse Howell

Let’s reflect on our experiences, the mistakes we made, the lessons we learned and the conflicts we resolved.

John Lande

Charting a Middle Course for Court-Connected Mediation

(7/06/21)John Lande

I wrote this article growing out of the lively discussion in a program on fairness.

Phyllis Pollack

Certainty Does Not Equate to Accuracy!

(7/06/21)Phyllis Pollack

In the past, I have discussed studies on the unreliability of witness identification of suspects in criminal proceedings.

Jennifer Shack

For Family Cases Involving Reports of Intimate Partner Violence, Shuttle and Videoconference Mediation Are Safe, Effective and Preferred by Parents

(7/06/21)Jennifer Shack

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.

Cinnie Noble

Do You Model Conflict Competence?

(7/02/21)Cinnie Noble

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.” ~Albert Einstein

Denise French

Retaining Your Assets in Divorce

(7/02/21)Denise French

After years of working with those going through divorce, we have found individuals with two factors really thrive during divorce.

Lydia Vanderkaay

City Commissioner Commends ISCT Staff Member for Work on Police Reform Initiative

(6/11/21)Lydia Vanderkaay, Dan Simon

"I know much of our work is done privately in mediation rooms or with groups and we rarely get this level of public acknowledgement so I thought it was important to share!"

Mohamad Radwan Al Omar

Global Voices Highlight: A Path to Mediation in the Middle East

(6/11/21)Mohamad Radwan Al Omar

Most of the old generations in the Middle East witnessed arranged marriages, which escalated into disputes and conflicts afterwards due to the lack of love. This is why I spent most of my childhood mediating between family members, friends, and neighbors so they can solve their issues, and reach collaborative solutions, without knowing that this can be a profession one day.

David Brown

A Mediator’s Guide to Claims Reserves in the Insurance Industry

(6/04/21)David Brown

Mediators may encounter a reluctance to settle by one or both parties during the course of a mediation session, but understanding the underlying realities of each party’s position may help break logjams.

Jen Reynolds

“A Community for All”

(6/01/21)Jen Reynolds

You may have seen this recent New York Times story about the failure of Marathon County, Wisconsin, to declare itself “A Community for All.”

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