28 09, 2018

Mediate Early!

By |2018-09-12T12:32:13-07:00September 28th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

I stumbled upon an article in discussing an empirical study conducted in the Singapore Courts about their use of mediation. The actual article, (How Should the Courts Know Whether a Dispute is Ready and Suitable for Mediation? An Empirical Analysis of the Singapore Courts’ Referral of Civil Disputes to Mediation.) appearing in the Spring [...]

10 03, 2017

Too Much Information May Be Bad

By |2017-05-13T07:40:29-07:00March 10th, 2017|Research|2 Comments

Often in negotiating, a party may make a monetary demand without providing any reasoning behind it. I have often found that such a tactic does not work well because the other party will ask me “why”. She wants to know the reasoning behind the monetary demand.   So- I return to the first party to learn [...]

12 07, 2013

Mediation: I am Too Hungry to Decide

By |2017-05-13T07:31:26-07:00July 12th, 2013|Mediation|Comments Off on Mediation: I am Too Hungry to Decide

Recently, I conducted a mediation that went much longer than expected. It started at 11:00 am and after a couple of hours, I could see that the session would not conclude anytime soon, so I ordered lunch for everyone. Around dinner time, it appeared that we would soon be finished so I did not order [...]

21 06, 2013

Bias: The Fat Lady is Guilty!

By |2017-05-13T07:31:42-07:00June 21st, 2013|Bias|Comments Off on Bias: The Fat Lady is Guilty!

Recently, I came across a study on bias against fat ladies. Researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity found that a "significant bias" exists "...against female [obese] defendants in the courtroom...."("Huffington Post")The researchers created a mock jury trial using 471 participants of various weights. Each was then shown a "vignette describing [...]