15 02, 2019

Context Matters

By |2019-01-28T16:03:20-07:00February 15th, 2019|Research|0 Comments

Recently, I attended a training on cross cultural communication presented by Jason Harper as part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association training for mediators. During the presentation, Mr. Harper discussed “low-context” and “high -context” communications in terms of relationships vs rights. But first, some definitions: The concepts of high context and low context refer [...]

24 04, 2015

To Build Rapport- Laugh Together!

By |2017-05-13T07:45:52-07:00April 24th, 2015|Research|0 Comments

Well- we missed it! March 20 was International Day of Happiness. Evidently, it was created by a United Nations Resolution passed at its 118th plenary meeting on June 28, 2012, declaring March 20th of each year to be the holiday. As one might guess, the resolution was promoted by the Kingdom of Bhutan which has [...]

14 03, 2014

“It’s All about the Relationship, *&^#@! “

By |2017-05-13T07:28:49-07:00March 14th, 2014|Actual Mediations|Comments Off on “It’s All about the Relationship, *&^#@! “

In 2000, I decided to move away from practicing law because I got tired of fighting with opposing counsel and being labeled and treated as the "bad guy" simply because I was representing an allegedly "bad guy". It seemed that civility and professionalism among lawyers no longer existed, and I and my clients were continuously [...]

16 03, 2012

Restorative Justice

By |2017-05-13T07:35:43-07:00March 16th, 2012|Conflict resolution|Comments Off on Restorative Justice

Over the past few years, I have heard the term "restorative justice" but never quite understood what it encompassed. Recently, I was directed to a concise explanation; an easy to read 65 page book entitled The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr (Good Books 2002). ( The Little Book of Restorative Justice ) [...]