Wednesday, May 9

A snap shot of the wealth of mediation wisdom out there today

Every now and again I am struck by the wonder of the mediation resource available to anyone who cares to click on it....look at this random search for today, 9 May obtained via Justia Blawg Search.

It's a far cry from the early '90's when I used to keep a folder of clippings on anything mediation related I could lay my hands on.

[If you are a mblogger and not included you should ask Justia, who are rapidly becoming the blawg search favourite, to include you in their ADR Directory]

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Justia
Last 20 posts indexed in the Alternative Dispute Resolution category on Justia
Updated: Wed, May 9 2007 7:49 AM

A Happy Outcome in Binding Mediation
By Sanns Mediation Services Blog
Following up on the post about Binding Mediation, it seems that the mediator turned into an arbitrator and made his ruling. Even though this turned into an arbitration from a mediation, all sides appeared to be very happy with the process and the outcome. Both sides said the binding mediation process they entered after a one-day strike helped them arrive at almost identical positions in the end. "Looking at the final results, I think we can assume that both parties bargained aggressively but...
Posted on: Wed, May 9 2007 6:57 AM

Life is Short, Get a Divorce?
By Sanns Mediation Services Blog
The title of this post is taken from a billboard advertisement located on the ritzy Gold Coast of Chicago, which also features a picture of a scantily clad male and female. The ad was placed by a law firm who specializes in divorce. The billboard has caused quite a bit of controversy in the Chicagoland area as it skirts the line between tastefulness and Imus. No one wants to encourage divorce, but this billboard is right on the razor's edge of doing just that. Divorce mediators (or divorce...
Posted on: Wed, May 9 2007 6:45 AM

Binding Mediation?
By Sanns Mediation Services Blog
The headline in the Halifax Daily News blares: "Union Agrees to Binding Mediation". Given that mediation isn't binding unless the parties come to an agreement during mediation, I was curious to see if we had yet another reporter without a clue or was it more? After reading the article, I couldn't tell who was doing what. It seems that a health care workers strike was ended after they agreed to return to the negotiating table with a mediator present and assisting. If the parties could not reach...
Posted on: Wed, May 9 2007 6:15 AM

Employment Lawyers: Let Your Voice Be Heard in the National Mediation Justice Survey
By Settle It Now Negotiation Blog
I don't have the statistics but know from experience that employment and family law attorneys mediate cases more often than any other specialty with the possible exception of construction defect litigators.Earlier in the week, I posted a "Negotiation and Mediation Justice Survey"...
Posted on: Wed, May 9 2007 5:15 AM

A Call to Ban Mandatory S.E.C. Arbitration
By Settle It Now Negotiation Blog
The big news in the arbitration world this week is the request made to the S.E.C. by Senators Leahy and Feingold to ban the mandatory arbitration of claims made by customers against their brokers. An excerpt from the New York Times...
Posted on: Wed, May 9 2007 4:56 AM

You Gotta' Dance With Them What Brung You
By Geoff Sharp
Today was a mediation within a mediation. The trouble started in private but became public - lawyer and client disagreeing on the way forward. What to do? It's hard to sit by and watch when you 'know' you could help in your role as mediator. Where Angels Fear To Tread : The Tricky Matter Of How A Commercial Mediator Shows Respect For The Attorney/Client Relationship "Speak to any attorney and they will have views on what level of 'mediator intrusion' into their relationship with their client...
Posted on: Wed, May 9 2007 4:11 AM

The Future of Collaborative and Cooperative Law After Colorado Bar Association Ethics Opinion 115 —
By info
Prof. John Lande continues his insightful work on Collaborative and Cooperative law with his recent article Lessons For Collaborative Lawyers and Other Dispute Resolution Professionals From Colorado Bar Association Ethics Opinion 115, published online at in April, and also posted here at his website together with other articles on this and related topics. Background [...]
Posted on: Wed, May 9 2007 3:17 AM

How Ceiling Height Influences Decision Making
By Dr. Tammy Lenski
Want a workplace team that's at its creative best, able to think freely and abstractly about whatever they're working on? Or perhaps there are times you need a group to work in concrete fashion, focusing on details and specifics? Then you might want to consider the ceiling height of the workspace before you book that conference room. University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management researchers report that ceiling height can influence consumer responses. In The Influence of Ceiling Height:...
Posted on: Wed, May 9 2007 2:41 AM

A Green ADR Resources Roundup, May 2007
By Dr. Tammy Lenski
In honor of May and the greening of my New England world as spring settles into early summer, this month's ADR Resources Roundup has a distinctly green theme, green as in environmental sustainability. We mediators know a thing or two about neutrality. I'm hoping that means you're interested in being carbon neutral too. While carbon neutral practices won't address all of our environmental and sustainability challenges, committing to a green ADR practice adds to the efforts of other business...
Posted on: Tue, May 8 2007 11:23 PM

Proving Up Your Mediated Settlement Agreement: More on Simmons v. Ghaderi
By Settle It Now Negotiation Blog
We've been following the case of Simmons v. Ghaderi since the opinion appeared in October of last year. The case went up to the California Supreme Court for review in December '06. The issue, as defined by Dr. Ghaderi is: whether there can...
Posted on: Tue, May 8 2007 12:40 PM

Supreme Court Sends Tobacco Settlement Dispute to Arbitration
By National Arbitration Forum Blog
Posted on: Tue, May 8 2007 10:01 AM

Finding Middle Ground: Mediation
By Paula M. Lawhon
I have pasted a short article below which provides a simple but useful explanation of mediation and why it can be a better solution for many people to resolve their disputes. The article - "Finding Middle Ground" - is from the Savannah Morning News out of Georgia and a link to the article is here. "SOMETIMES, THE parties in a dispute can work things out more amicably in a less formal situation. That's why the decision by the Chatham County Superior Court to require mediation for much of their...
Posted on: Tue, May 8 2007 8:55 AM

A Periodic Table of Visualization Elements
By Diane Levin
Facilitators, mediators, and other group process mavens, take note: here's an interactive Periodic Table of Visualization Elements. Take a ride down the Argument Slide, cross the Negotiation Bridge, or marvel at the Heaven 'n Hell Chart. This fun tool comes courtesy of, an e-learning site educating visitors about "a critical, but often neglected skill for business, communication, and engineering students, namely visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create...
Posted on: Mon, Apr 30 2007 5:12 AM

Mediator Tips Practice Your Skills OnlineTechnolo...
By Community Mediation Center
Mediator Tips Practice Your Skills Online Technology moves fast these days, and it is important for mediators to try and keep up. As part of the ongoing endeavour to put mediation materials online (on and other ADR websites), tools for honing your mediator skills have found their way onto the Internet as well. The following are two games which have been put on the web that, while made primarily for entertainment value, attempt to give one practice using common mediation and...

1 comment:

Tammy said...

Geoff, your comment about how much there is out there now compared to even just a few years ago really left me musing. It's so true! When I had a question a decade ago, surfing the web yielded only a small bit of useful mediation information; now I can find almost anything and from a credible source, too. What a difference a decade makes.