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6 01, 2017

A Resolution for the New Year

By | January 6th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

About a week before Christmas, LiveScience published an article reviewing two studies suggesting “… that our brains prompt us to act more like Santa than Scrooge. (Id. at Your Giving Brain: Are Humans Hardwired for Generosity? by Mindy Weinberger (December 19, 2016.).) Based on two different research experiments, the researchers concluded that “… human behavior [...]

25 11, 2016

The Slippery Slope

By | November 25th, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

At one point or another in our lives, most of us have told “little white lies” if only to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. In telling that “little white lie”, we tell ourselves it is harmless and it will lead to nothing, and definitely, will NOT lead us to tell “bigger white lies”. However, as explained [...]

11 11, 2016

Preparing People to Be Influenced!

By | November 11th, 2016|News articles|2 Comments

One Sunday (October 23, 2016), I was glancing through the Los Angeles Times and came upon an article by Robert Cialdini, a behavioral scientist and author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion published more than thirty years ago. He has published a new book entitled, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade. He suggests [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

22 07, 2016

Implicit Bias is Alive and Well

By | July 22nd, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

There has been much written about implicit bias, and society has worked hard to eradicate it. Yet, one recent study and one news article indicate that however hard society has tried consciously to be rid of implicit biases, unconsciously, they still exist. In a June 20, 2016 article posted on LiveScience entitled “Male Doctors, Female [...]

15 07, 2016

Dallas

By | July 15th, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

Several years ago, I took a course with Douglas Noll who noted that everyone in a conflict is a victim, and every person in that conflict has six needs that must be met before the conflict can be resolved: vengeance, vindication, validation, need to be heard, need to create meaning and a need for safety [...]