Mediation Briefs and Preparation

Why do mediators request briefs from the parties? No- it is not just to learn about the case. Their more important function is to force the parties to think and analyze their case; to give some thought about the strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases and consequently, their position [Read More]

By |July 16th, 2021|Mediations|

Interpersonal Skills

The end of the semester is drawing near in my online employment mediation dispute class. The theme of the last discussion board is reflective: what three things has each student learned from or skills developed or improved upon in this course. There is a saying to the effect that as [Read More]

By |April 30th, 2021|Mediations|

Silence is a Great Tool!

No doubt, you have encountered the situation where you are addressing a group of people and ask a question and are met with silence… absolute quiet! It feels awkward… no one is answering your question.(Indeed, Anglophones can not tolerate more than four seconds of silence while the Japanese can tolerate [Read More]

By |March 26th, 2021|Mediations|

Clash of Approaches

I have had several mediations lately in which the approach of the parties clashed. The clash can be labelled as the one-shot player vs the repeat player.(See: Is That All There Is? The Problem in Court-Oriented Mediation by Leonard L. Riskin and Nancy Walsh, 15 George Mason Law Review ___ [Read More]

By |February 5th, 2021|Mediations|

Mediator Inconsistency

In preparing to teach a class on mediation ethics, I read Mediation Ethics  edited by Ellen Waldman (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2011). In it, she makes a point I had never thought about: The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators are inconsistent. (Id.  at 13-14.)  (“Model Standards”) While the Model Standards [Read More]

By |March 1st, 2019|Mediations|

Every Dispute is Two Disputes.

Several weeks ago, I attended the annual fall conference of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).   While all the sessions were very good, one of them on emotional intelligence (presented by Harold Coleman, Jr. Esq, Debra Dupree MFT, Psy.D., and Matt Argue, Esq. entitled “The Modern Mediator: Interplay of Psychology [Read More]

By |November 27th, 2018|Mediations, Uncategorized|

What is “Good Faith”?

Recently, I conducted a mediation in which defense counsel was very candid with me by advising that she was there only because the court ordered the mediation and  her client would just assume take the matter to trial.  In this connection, she further advised that  her  client has been taking [Read More]

By |April 13th, 2018|Mediations|