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5 07, 2019

The Slippery Slope of Negotiations!

By |2019-06-17T16:39:05-07:00July 5th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

Every so often, I glance at the blog posts on the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School website and one caught my eye. It is  entitled “Ethics in Negotiations: How to Deal with Deception at the Bargaining Table”  written by the PON staff and posted on June 11, 2019.   I found it interesting since [...]

21 06, 2019

Starting With the Small Stuff

By |2019-06-04T13:33:35-07:00June 21st, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

In my early training to be a mediator, the trainer often suggested that to help the parties reach an agreement on the really big issues, start with the small ones. Discuss the easy issues first and obtain agreement on those. This will build momentum and a sense that resolution is possible. Once the parties find [...]

4 06, 2019

U. S. Supreme Court holds filing claim with EEOC/ State agency is not jurisdictional

By |2019-06-04T11:23:50-07:00June 4th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

NEWS FLASH !!!! Bloomburg news just published an article stating that the U. S. Supreme Court has held in  Fort Bend County, Texas v Davis  (Case no. 18-525)   that the filing a claim of  bias with either the EEOC or the applicable state agency prior to filing suit is NOT jurisdictional. Thus, an employer can [...]

24 05, 2019

Overconfident: It is Always Better to Settle!

By |2019-05-07T16:01:30-07:00May 24th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

Several years ago, I read about a study which showed that lawyers tended to be overconfident in winning at trial.  The study (Insightful or Wishful: Lawyers’ Ability to Predict Case Outcomes by Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Maria Hartwig, Pär Anders Granhag and Elizabeth F. Loftus, published in 16 Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 133-157,  No. 2, (2010) [...]

26 04, 2019

Should “Hostility” Be in my Toolbox?

By |2019-04-10T16:11:03-07:00April 26th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

The Cambridge online dictionary defines “mediator” as “…a  person who tries to end a disagreement by helping the two sides to talk about and agree on a solution.” Implied in this is that the mediator will be kind, helpful, friendly, respectful, and any other positive trait necessary to build trust and a relationship with the parties. The adage that “you catch more [...]

19 04, 2019

Will I Be Made Redundant?

By |2019-04-19T14:52:04-07:00April 19th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

A great fear of mine is that with the blossoming of artificial intelligence (AI), my skills as a mediator will be replaced by a robot. This fear crept into my conscious again upon reading an article posted by Nick Hilborne on February 19, 2019 entitled , “Robot Mediator settle first ever court case.” Evidently, in [...]

12 04, 2019

A New Tool in my Toolbox!

By |2019-03-28T10:57:36-07:00April 12th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

The  other day I stumbled upon a tweet mentioning a “velvet hammer”. Wondering what it was, I googled the reference and came upon an article discussing its meaning and use; Why the ‘velvet hammer’ is a better way to give constructive criticism by Stephanie Vozza. Taking issue with the what she calls the “sandwich method” [...]