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WHY WE LIKE THINGS TO REMAIN THE SAME

WHY WE LIKE THINGS TO REMAIN THE SAME

  Have you visited Disney World lately?  I just returned from a family vacation to the Magic Kingdom and I had such a strong sense of pleasure wandering from one favorite attraction to the next.  Flying with Peter Pan, floating on the boats of “It’s a Small...
MEANINGFUL MEDIATIONS WITH PRO SE PARTIES

MEANINGFUL MEDIATIONS WITH PRO SE PARTIES

Can you mediate with pro se parties … meaningfully? 40% of State Court litigants are pro se.  (“Pro se” means individuals or corporations who do not hire an attorney to represent them in the dispute)  20% of federal court litigants are pro...
Mediation scores a goal at the world cup

Mediation scores a goal at the world cup

The US Women’s Soccer Team is fighting (and winning) two battles right now:  in France they are running and kicking a soccer ball with the most elite female players from around the world*; and in federal court in LA they are suing the US Soccer Federation...
EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATIO

EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATIO

What is this?  It has a nifty acronym (ENE) but what’s all the fuss? The attention is because the federal court in St. Louis is now using ENE in selected cases and, just as important, ENE really works. Here is the quick take:  ENE provides for...
Breaking Bread Together

Breaking Bread Together

BREAKING BREAD TOGETHER     The fascinating psychology behind mediation has given us another insight.  Sharing food from a common plate, sometimes called eating “family style” results in better and faster negotiations.  Researchers from...