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16 03, 2018

Settlement Ethics 101

By | 2018-03-09T13:17:41+00:00 March 16th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

As of last fall 2017, I am a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law teaching ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Ethics. I teach mediation ethics while my co-teacher covers arbitration ethics. With this perspective in mind, the recently filed lawsuit by Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump intrigued me [...]

9 03, 2018

The Medium Makes the Difference !

By | 2018-02-26T11:18:15+00:00 March 9th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Recently I came upon an older article written by Tammy Lenski entitled, “Face to Face negotiation better than e-mail.” (“Lenski”) While the article was originally published in December 2003, its points are probably truer today than fifteen years ago. The last decade and a half has seen an explosion in communication by every means imaginable [...]

23 02, 2018

Why Do We Get So Hung Up on The Facts?

By | 2018-02-13T14:11:18+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Within the last week, I have read two different articles about the “truth”. The first, a blog posted on Kluwer Mediation Blog on February 8, 2018 entitled, “The Map is not the territory” by Charlie Woods highlights the notion that each of us has a different perception when looking at the identical thing. In this [...]

19 01, 2018

An “Unreliability” Admonition?

By | 2018-01-09T12:50:25+00:00 January 19th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

An article last month in the New York Times got me thinking that perhaps in my mediations, I should warn people that their memories and perceptions may be unreliable, especially where the situation involves parties of different ethnicities. In To Curb Bad Verdicts, Court Adds Lesson on Racial Bias for Juries, Ashley Southall (December 15, [...]

3 11, 2017

Listening Leads to Empathy

By | 2017-10-27T11:34:50+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Have you ever sat back with your eyes closed and listened to music or someone speaking? Why did you do it? Probably, to appreciate more fully and deeply what you were hearing. By shutting down one of our senses, we allow ourselves to hone in more deeply to the music or conversation. Well, you are [...]

1 09, 2017

The Power of Silence

By | 2017-08-15T11:21:49+00:00 September 1st, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

While I have known that silence can be a powerful tool in my mediation tool box, I never really thought about until I read a recent article posted on the BBC news website called “The subtle power of uncomfortable silences ” by Lennox Morrison (July 18,2017). (“Article”) The article examines what we all know innately; [...]

11 08, 2017

Time, Money and Happiness

By | 2017-08-02T11:22:51+00:00 August 11th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

The BBC News service posted an interesting article (July 25, 2017) entitled “Time, not material goods, ‘raises happiness’” by Helen Briggs. The article discusses a study in which individuals reported greater happiness when they paid others to do their chores. Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada conducted [...]