About Phyllis Pollack

Phyllis G. Pollack, Esq. the principal of PGP Mediation, has been a mediator in Los Angeles, California since 2000. She has conducted over 2,000 mediations. As an attorney with more than 40 years experience, she utilizes her diverse background to resolve business, commercial, international trade, real estate, employment and lemon law disputes at both the state and federal trial and state appellate court levels. Read more of Phyllis' accomplishments here: https://www.pgpmediation.com/phyllis-g-pollack-biography/

Mediation is Everywhere!

As we all know, mediation has become quite popular if not ubiquitous over the last twenty years. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, it was slowly gaining acceptance; in the last twenty years, it has truly become THE alternative to litigation. (No doubt, the pandemic with its lockdowns creating the necessity [Read More]

By |December 2nd, 2022|News articles|

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us. Last year- 2021- 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 [Read More]

By |November 30th, 2022|Odd stuff|

Chalking: Next Stop–U. S. Supreme Court?

On three occasions in the past, I have written about a case in Saginaw, Michigan in which the issue was whether chalking tires on parked vehicles violated the Fourth Amendment’s unreasonable search provision. (See, May 10, 2019; September 10, 2021 and August 19, 2022.) In that case, Taylor vs City [Read More]

By |November 12th, 2022|Court Cases|

The Matthew Effect

It seems that everywhere one looks, there is an implicit bias lurking behind the scenes.   While recently, it was the birthday paradox, this week it is the implicit bias we have regarding status. In an article in the Science and Technology section of The Economist (September 14, 2022) entitled, An [Read More]

By |November 4th, 2022|Research|

Virtual Mediation Is Here To Stay!

Recently, I received an email from Darren Lee, Executive Director of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) with the results of a survey (NADN-2022-SurveyOfLitigators-ViewsOnODR[64656]  ) of litigators on virtual mediation. The survey compared responses received in September 2020 with those received in September 2022. Both surveys were sent to [Read More]

By |October 28th, 2022|Research|

Another Example of Not Trusting Our Intuition!

Many of my blogs have focused on cognitive biases or systematic errors of judgment.  In perusing the internet, I found another interesting example of why we should not trust our intuition. A LiveScience article (“What is the birthday paradox?”) posted on July 30, 2022, authored by Charles Q. Choi asks, [Read More]

By |October 21st, 2022|Bias|

Back To Basics: Why Mediate?

As part of my preparation to teach a class on mediation confidentiality, I reviewed the Uniform Mediation Act with all of its comments (UMA). In doing so, it struck me that although mediation is extremely popular and common place, it would be good to remind ourselves why we should mediate [Read More]

By |October 14th, 2022|Mediation|

Another Bias with Long Term Consequences!

Whenever I see an article on implicit bias, I must read and write about it.  This time, the article is entitled, “Embedded bias: How medical records sow discrimination” by Darius Tahir of Kaiser Health News. The theme of the article is that doctors unconsciously (or perhaps even consciously) write notes [Read More]

By |October 7th, 2022|News articles|