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8 03, 2019

What NOT to File with the Court!

By |2019-03-04T16:27:16+00:00March 8th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

No doubt you have had these same thoughts: after hearing or reading something, you wonder what on earth was the person thinking? Were they on drugs or something? Where was their self-restraint or the little person inside their head yelling “NO!NO!NO! DON’T DO IT!” This musing is brought about by a partially published opinion issued [...]

21 09, 2018

Generating Multiple Options!

By |2018-09-12T12:32:42+00:00September 21st, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Attending a mediation requires making difficult decisions. It also requires weighing options. Do we settle? Not settle? Under what conditions? Should we hold out for more favorable terms? Or settle now? And so on. Well… The New York Times published an article in its Sunday Review Section on September 1, 2018 that may help answer [...]

31 08, 2018

Don’t Take It Personally!

By |2018-08-27T15:12:56+00:00August 31st, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Senator John McCain died last Saturday- August 25, 2018. And since then, tributes and remembrances have been pouring in from all over the world. Except for one person: The President of the United States. On Saturday, in a very terse tweet, he sent his condolences and sympathies to Senator McCain’s family, not focusing on the [...]

24 08, 2018

Revenge as a Learning Experience

By |2018-08-08T11:34:40+00:00August 24th, 2018|News articles|1 Comment

No doubt, at some point in your life, you have wanted to take revenge against someone who “did you wrong”. It may have been a casual remark that did not sit well with you or an action someone took that upset you greatly or perhaps someone “threw you under the bus” to further her own [...]

17 08, 2018

What’s In a Name? Bias!

By |2018-08-06T15:42:06+00:00August 17th, 2018|News articles|1 Comment

In previous blogs, I have discussed the notion of implicit or unconscious biases which are “…social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.” ( Such [...]

3 08, 2018

It’s Hard To Let Go!

By |2018-10-26T17:49:06+00:00August 3rd, 2018|News articles|1 Comment

One of the hardest things about settling a lawsuit is for the parties to let go. They have spent all this time and energy (mental and emotional) as well as money on it over a period of months (if not years) and now, in the face of an offer to settle that is less than [...]

16 03, 2018

Settlement Ethics 101

By |2018-03-09T13:17:41+00:00March 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+00:00March 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 [...]