Culture -It Is All Around Us!

One of the last topics I discussed in my ADR Ethics class this semester was mediating multiculturally. In her book, Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries (Jossey-Bass  2011), Ellen Waldman quotes a definition of culture as “the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society [Read More]

By |November 15th, 2019|Negotiation, Uncategorized|

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|

Impasse Leads to Compromise

With the fast approaching end of the United States Supreme Court’s 2015-2016 term, the Supreme Court has been (and will be) issuing a flurry of decisions. One of them caught my attention because unlike all of its other decisions, it did not decide the matter but rather suggested engaging in alternative [Read More]