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18 08, 2016

Mediation Confidentiality: Where We Stand in 2016

By | 2017-05-13T07:42:02+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Actual Mediations, Arbitration, Featured Articles, Legislature, Mediation|0 Comments

Where we stand on mediation confidentiality, both in California since the Cassel decision and in the Ninth Circuit Originally published in The Advocate, August 2016 Issue. Download the PDF Version of the Article Here (PDF, 250Kb) Phyllis Pollack. Photograph by Jonah Light During the past year, there have been two interesting developments regarding [...]

12 02, 2016

Recent Developments in Mediation Confidentiality

By | 2017-05-13T07:43:33+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Court Cases, Legislature, Mediation, News articles|0 Comments

Two developments occurred regarding mediation confidentiality during the first week of February. First, on Monday, February 1, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Craig Milhouse v. Travelers Commercial Insurance, Case Nos. 13-56959 and 13-57029.  Dr. and Mrs. Milhouse suffered the total loss of their home in Yorba Linda, California in [...]

27 11, 2015

The Value of a Joint Session

By | 2017-05-13T07:43:59+00:00 November 27th, 2015|Mediation, Negotiating, Negotiation Strategy, Research|0 Comments

Depending upon where one mediates within the United States, the mediator either will start the mediation with a joint session or will simply start with separate sessions so that the adverse parties may, indeed, never see each other. For some reason, using joint sessions is popular on the east coast but most folks in California [...]

11 11, 2015

Phyllis Pollack is Featured in ABA Journal Article

By | 2017-05-13T07:44:10+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Featured Articles, Mediation, Mediations|0 Comments

Mediators find more tools through neuroscience By Susan Kostal - ABA Journal Phyllis Pollack. Photograph by Jonah Light Mediators and other practitioners of alternative dispute resolution are using information gleaned from the research of world-class neuroscientists to calm emotions and help mediations resolve more easily. With the advent of functional magnetic resonance imaging [...]

16 10, 2015

A Further Update to Mediation Confidentiality in California

By | 2017-05-13T07:44:25+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Legislature, Mediation|0 Comments

Several weeks ago, I posted a blog about the proposals voted on by the California Law Revision Commission to make certain changes to mediation confidentiality in California. At its August 8, 2015 meeting, the Commission proposed creating  several exceptions to mediation confidentiality that would allow; (1) Both lawyers representing clients and attorney mediators to be [...]

25 09, 2015

Mediations are supposed to be confidential… but are they really?

By | 2017-05-13T07:44:35+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Conflict resolution, Featured Articles, Mediation|0 Comments

Previously published in the September 2015 issue of "Advocate" Magazine, Pages 44-55 The September 2015 issue of  Advocate (Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California) focuses  on ADR-Choice is Good.  I am privileged to contribute an article on mediation confidentiality and re-print it here. It may be found at pages 44-55 of this [...]

18 09, 2015

Second Thoughts on Mediation Confidentiality

By | 2017-05-13T07:44:40+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Conflict resolution, Mediation|0 Comments

 Recently, I posted a blog about the August 2015 meeting of the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) in which as part of its study on the “Relationship between Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney Malpractice and Other Misconduct " (Study K-402), the Commission requested that Staff Counsel draft legislation to include exceptions to mediation confidentiality. Specifically, and in [...]

14 08, 2015

Emotions in Mediation

By | 2017-05-13T07:44:58+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Featured Articles, Mediation, Negotiation Strategy, Research|0 Comments

The August  2015 edition of the California Lawyer contains an article entitled Feelings in the Fray for which I was interviewed. In it, the author Susan Kostel discusses how emotions very much play a critical rule in negotiations and in resolving disputes.  Understanding a bit of neuroscience goes a long way to helping parties resolve their disputes (as several of [...]