Phyllis Pollack

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Phyllis Pollack

About Phyllis Pollack

Phyllis G. Pollack, Esq. the principal of PGP Mediation (www.pgpmediation.com), has been a mediator in Los Angeles, California since 2000. She has conducted over 1300 mediations. As an attorney with more than 35 years experience, she utilizes her diverse background to resolve business, commercial, international trade, real estate, employment and lemon law disputes at both the state and federal trial and state appellate court levels. Currently, she is the in­coming chair of State Bar of California’s ADR Committee. She has served on the board of the California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC) (2012­2013), is a past president and past treasurer of the SCMA Education Foundation (2011­2013) and a past president (2010) of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA). Ms. Pollack received her BA degree in sociology in 1973 from Newcomb College of Tulane University and her JD degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1977. She is an active member of both the Louisiana and California bars. Pollack believes that it is never too late to mediate a dispute and recommends mediation over litigation as it allows the parties to decide their own solutions.
21 10, 2016

Restorative Justice Works!

By | October 21st, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

In March 2012, I posted a blog about “restorative justice” after reading a concise 65-page book entitled, “The Little Book of Restorative Justice” by Howard Zehr with Ali Gohar (Good Books 2002). In this tome, the author emphasizes that “restorative justice” is not about forgiveness or reconciliation nor is it mediation nor is it designed to [...]

14 10, 2016

Why Is It So Difficult to Think “Outside The Box”?

By | October 14th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

I stumbled across an article in LiveScience.com which referred me to the actual article on theconversation.com entitled “Freaks, geeks, norms and mores: why people use the status quo as a moral compass” by Christina Tworek, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The article discusses a series of studies by the author [...]

7 10, 2016

Priorities

By | October 7th, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

I read an article today in the New York Times that I cannot get out of my mind.  Entitled “A Rabbi’s Enduring Sermon on Living Your Last Five Minutes” by Samuel G. Freedman (October 1, 2016), it is about Rabbi Kenneth Berger delivering a sermon on Yom Kippur in 1986 which he entitled “ Five [...]

30 09, 2016

The CLRC September 2016 meeting: Time to begin drafting !

By | September 30th, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

The California Law Revision Commission met once again on September 22, 2016 to discuss its Study K-402- Relationship Between Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney Malpractice and Other Misconduct. At its prior meeting, the Commission (or CLRC) requested Barbara Gaal, Chief Deputy Counsel to address the issue of requiring a certification on the merits by an attorney [...]

23 09, 2016

Random Thoughts

By | September 23rd, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Recently (as part of a book club), I read The Psychology of Conflict by Raul Randolph (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London 2016) who is a barrister and mediator. His approach is to use existentialism as the vehicle through which to discuss the psychological aspects of mediation.  Although some participants of mediation may deny and avoid  it, [...]

16 09, 2016

Emotions Control

By | September 16th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Recently, I stumbled across an interesting study published online by the ABA Journal (aka American Bar Association Journal). Researchers discovered that when the LSU Tigers unexpectedly lose a football game, the juvenile judges take their anger/frustration at the loss out on the juveniles before them by imposing longer sentences. (“Louisiana juveniles got longer sentences after [...]

9 09, 2016

What We Can Learn from “The Art of War “!

By | September 9th, 2016|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

In connection with another blog post, I downloaded an internet version of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War translated by the Sonshi Group. In reading through it, I could not help but notice that many of its points relating to “war”, apply with equal force to negotiation, mediation and resolving disputes. For example, in Chapter [...]

2 09, 2016

The Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Federal Mediation Privilege

By | September 2nd, 2016|Court Cases|0 Comments

Once again, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 501, federal privilege law applies to a claim of mediation confidentiality in an action involving both federal and state law claims. In In Re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 14-15916 (filed September 1, 2016), the Ninth [...]