(Sounds like the job description of a mediator)
We would probably all agree that, in our country today, people’s viewpoints seem to be more polarized, on more issues, than they ever have been. In the political arena alone, you're practically…
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I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal that reminded me of the effect that emotions and moods can play in mediation. The title alone says a lot: "Good Moods Often Lead to Bad Judgments."
Written by three thought leaders…
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(Thinking outside the litigation box)
I recently read a Mediate.com post which explored creative uses for mediation. It’s a great reminder for business people and attorneys alike of the many and varied potential uses for mediation.
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Why I’m optimistic. Particularly for the future of mediation.
By any standard, 2020 was a challenging year. It’s a year nearly all of us are glad to see in the proverbial rear-view mirror. At the same time, it could be argued that there…
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The title to this post was actually inspired not by the song, but by a post recently published by my friend Richard Simmons (and no, if you don’t know him by name, not that one). Richard is a genuinely gifted teacher and writer, and I highly…
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A few months ago I wrote a post entitled Mediating Cases Under The New (Ab)Normal. When I wrote it, I really had no idea what the New Normal would be. I’m not sure that I do, even now.
What I can say with confidence, several months later,…
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Growing up in the South, many of us have heard lots of “country sayings,” such as this one attributed to Mark Twain: “There is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mule.”
Nearly everyone who grew-up around horses and mules…
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Hello and sincere best wishes, from my home and family to yours.
I doubt any of us could have imagined, even two months ago, that our lives could be so radically affected by something as common to our experience as a flu virus. We are told…
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For starters, consider mediation.
I remember as a young litigator at Cabaniss Johnston, partner Bill Robinson introduced me to the First Rule of Holes — which is, “When you’re in a hole, quit digging.” He was teaching me that when you…
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Have you ever been involved in a mediation that ended before it started? I have. I don’t mean literally, but I do mean one that never gets past the first round of demand and offer.
In one sense, conducting a mediation is like flying a plane:…
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The title of this post, of course, is from the Alexander Pope quote, “To err is human. To forgive divine.”
This post isn’t about forgiveness. However, lest we forget, we are all human! So what does that mean? For one, it means we aren’t…
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IT’S NOT EASY. IN RARE INSTANCES, IT’S NOT EVEN POSSIBLE.
I recently wrapped up a mediation in which we settled two Federal and two State Court cases as a part of the settlement. There were 15 attorneys involved, and it took us nearly five…
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