Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us. Last year- 2018- 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 22nd, 2019|Odd stuff|

Culture Differences

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 [Read More]

By |September 20th, 2019|Odd stuff|

Mediating My Own Disputes

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 [Read More]

By |May 31st, 2019|Odd stuff|

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

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 [Read More]

By |November 16th, 2018|Odd stuff|

When Interrupting is NOT interrupting!

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. [Read More]

By |September 7th, 2018|Odd stuff|

Simple Courtesies

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 [Read More]

By |July 27th, 2018|Odd stuff|

Dispute Resolution 101!

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 [Read More]

By |June 29th, 2018|Odd stuff|