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Talking about mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution, and law

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What did we know and when did we know it? The mutability of factsdianelevinThe shifting nature of facts and factual knowledge

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 19:53:53 +0000

In 1770, in his historic defense of British soldiers accused of murdering five Bostonians, John Adams told the jury in his summation: Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, … Continue reading (image)

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Resources online and beyond for the aspiring mediatordianelevinConnecting to ADR resources online

Thu, 13 May 2010 10:55:12 +0000

Greetings to regular readers, new visitors, and to the members of the Mediation Works Executive Mediation Training, with whom I have the pleasure of working this week. To stimulate your curiosity and to encourage further exploration, I’ve pulled together a … Continue reading (image)

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Mediation and law, strange bedfellows: time for us to start seeing other people?dianelevinrethinking the A in ADR

Sun, 09 May 2010 21:37:46 +0000

In his recent essay, “Killing Mediation: The Specialized, Professionalized And Neutralized Mediator”, ADR personality Robert Benjamin pronounced mediation dead, naming the usual suspects responsible. (For those who enjoy a good whodunit, you may wish to read how Jeff Thompson, … Continue reading (image)

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The sound of silence: listening between the linesdianelevinsound of silence

Sun, 09 May 2010 21:16:57 +0000

Some cases you remember vividly; the impressions they leave are lasting. The plaintiff, seated with my co-mediator and me, had just heard us convey the defendant’s final proposal. The plaintiff said, “I need a moment.” I asked if they (and … Continue reading (image)

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The 40-hour mediation training: a good argument for regulating the private practice of mediationdianelevinTime for regulating mediators in private practice

Wed, 05 May 2010 18:53:16 +0000

Regular readers know that for some time now I have not supported the movement favoring formal licensing or credentialing for mediators in private practice. I have remained unpersuaded by most of the arguments that favor it and am concerned about … Continue reading (image)

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Finger-licking good health care reform or indigestion? Bartering chickens for doctor visitsdianelevinbartering for health care

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:23:58 +0000

From the “You just can’t make this stuff up” file… Bartering has grown increasingly popular among those seeking other ways to do business when cash is short. Bartering, of course, may not be the ideal fit for every transaction, as … Continue reading (image)

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Triumph of the commons: a new role for attorneys in "sharing law"dianelevinNew role for lawyers in sharing law

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 22:56:12 +0000

The 21st century has wrought big change in the way communities constitute themselves. Digital technology has produced web sites and tools that enable people to transact business, form coalitions, find jobs, effect political change, connect with resources, and disseminate knowledge, … Continue reading (image)

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Buying the cow: mediators, money, and valuedianelevinBuying the cow

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:57:44 +0000

During the many years now I’ve been in the mediation field I like to think I’ve given of my time generously on behalf of our profession. I’ve devoted countless unpaid hours to serving on numerous boards and committees to advance … Continue reading (image)

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Got a tune stuck in my head: on Youtube, a cognitive bias songdianelevin

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 14:30:29 +0000

As a study aid for his students who were preparing for their AP Psychology exam, Arundel (Maryland) High School teacher Bradley Wray recorded and uploaded to Youtube a song about cognitive biases. (Is he the world’s coolest teacher or what?) … Continue reading (image)

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Mediation certification, part 2: the conversation continues at Cafe MediatedianelevinCafe Mediate

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 14:14:43 +0000

Each month at Cafe Mediate, the monthly podcast series, a group of ADR professionals gathers to discuss the business, practice, and future of the field. Last month we began a two-part discussion of certification and credentialing for mediators in private … Continue reading (image)

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