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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO MEDIATION

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO MEDIATION

“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” was a groundbreaking movie focusing on an interracial love story. Who were the suburbanite parents expecting their daughter to bring home to dinner in this 1967 movie?  Unmet expectations make for a great story, but they do not make for...
Four Master Strokes in the Art of Negotiating Online

Four Master Strokes in the Art of Negotiating Online

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) recently published an article on the art of negotiating online. The ISBA Journal is near and dear to my heart since they published several articles I wrote much earlier in my career. Members can access the article online, or...
Do Your Homework – Get to Know Your Mediator

Do Your Homework – Get to Know Your Mediator

That mediation is usually a quicker, more efficient, and cost-effective alternative to litigation is widely accepted by lawyers. But what many lawyers may not know is that the skills of mediators – especially in Missouri – can vary to a significant degree. So, if...
Finding Your Diamond In The Rough Mediator

Finding Your Diamond In The Rough Mediator

Are all mediators the same? I wonder how many lawyers think this is true or maybe they categorize us into a couple of groups: Super-experienced, go-to mediators; Retired Judges; and Everyone else I am challenging you to think beyond this paradigm. The first two groups...
Understanding and Using Psychology in Mediation

Understanding and Using Psychology in Mediation

I was fortunate enough to be asked to contribute an article (co-authored with the fantastic Ken Chackes) for the Bar Association Of Metro St. Louis (BAMSL) spring edition of the St. Louis Bar Journal focusing on Alternative Dispute Resolution. We decided to explore...