Odd stuff

20 09, 2019

Culture Differences

By |2019-09-05T12:32:50-07:00September 20th, 2019|Odd stuff|0 Comments

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I started teaching ADR Ethics at USC Gould School of Law last week.   During our discussion of ethics, I asked whether it would be proper to hide information. I posed the following hypothetical:   At mediation, an Insurance company settled a dog bite case for an extremely [...]

26 07, 2019

California State Bar Proposes Allowing Non-Lawyers to Practice Law

By |2019-07-23T16:20:25-07:00July 26th, 2019|Odd stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In 2018, the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California received a Legal Market Landscape Report  (commissioned by the Bar) (“Report”) to study the ever changing market for legal services. What the study found is that while the wealthy can afford legal services, the less well advantaged cannot. That is,  “…a growing proportion [...]

31 05, 2019

Mediating My Own Disputes

By |2019-05-07T16:02:43-07:00May 31st, 2019|Odd stuff|0 Comments

There is  an adage that a person who is her own lawyer, has a fool for a client, meaning that representing yourself is a foolish. Why? You lose perspective,  objectivity and perhaps even credibility. Based on a recent event, it seems that this adage applies to mediators as well: one who mediates her own dispute, [...]

16 11, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

By |2018-11-07T16:30:04-07:00November 16th, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us. Last year- 2017- I posted the blog below which I believe is as relevant today as it was last year. So, I would like to share it again. And.... again I want to thank each of you for such a great year. I  deeply appreciate your kindness, generosity and [...]

7 09, 2018

When Interrupting is NOT interrupting!

By |2018-08-27T14:53:48-07:00September 7th, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

The other weekend, my husband and I were visiting some friends (husband and wife) whom we had not seen in a while. As we were leaving, the wife and I were avidly talking with each other, seemingly interrupting each other, or at least, not letting the other finish a sentence. My husband, overhearing our “conversation”, [...]

27 07, 2018

Simple Courtesies

By |2018-07-27T09:50:43-07:00July 27th, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

When I took my very first mediation training course in 2000, the instructor emphasized the importance of introducing ourselves to each and every one in the room and shaking their hands when we-the mediator- walked into the room for the first time. I did not think much about it, and it has been a practice [...]

29 06, 2018

Dispute Resolution 101!

By |2018-06-19T13:22:26-07:00June 29th, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

My husband’s stay in the hospital has taught me a very basic lesson:  knowing how to resolve disputes is a necessary tool in every aspect of life, especially in stressful situations such as hospital stays. This may get back to the notion discussed in an earlier blog, that some medical professionals forget that they are [...]

22 06, 2018

Not Just Another Set of Lamb Chops!

By |2018-06-19T13:17:18-07:00June 22nd, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

Someone once said to me that while to a butcher a pair of lamb chops is just another set of lamb chops, to a person who has not eaten in a long while, it will be the best meal ever. In sum, it is all a matter of perspective. I point this out because, once again, [...]