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Does Criticism of Florida Home Mortgage Mediation Apply Locally?

Here is some food for thought about home mortgage mediation in Florida from a reprint from a recent mediate.com post found at…Continue

Tags: Mediation, Mortgage, Home

Started Nov 15, 2011

Is It Time for Organized Compassionate Legal and Political Action?

I've struggled for a long time with personally finding the right form and mix of outer action and inner work.  And the idea of compassionate listening as a lawyer and an activist has added dimension…Continue

Tags: politicians, political, politics, role, of

Started Jul 17, 2011

It's Time to Work with Compassion

It has always seemed strange to me that while we talk about "the spirit of the law" I've never really been able to pin down in my own mind just what that might be.  Is fairness spirit? Justice? Due…Continue

Tags: Healthy, Lawyering, Attitude, Law, of

Started Jul 8, 2011

 

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John Shaffer commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"I hear you, Jeff.  Yet, for me, the problem with this advisory opinion is that it tries to answer all "cases" for all time, and ends up, in my opinion, narrowly legalistic and inadequate to its task. You rightfully point out the…"
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John Shaffer added a discussion to the group Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group
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Scrivener Dilemma

I hear you, Jeff.  Yet, for me, the problem with this advisory opinion is that it tries to answer all "cases" for all time, and ends up, in my opinion, narrowly legalistic and inadequate to its task. You rightfully point out the opinion says the clients' interests  may be in direct conflict.  But GR 24 requires that they "be directly adverse" or that 'there is a significant risk" that a lawyer's representation of one client will materially limit his or her responsibilities to another client. …See More
Saturday
John Shaffer commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"Rina, here's the thorn I feel, or at least a thorn. I think we are trying to enlarge "legal thinking" beyond the concept of lawyer as warrior in an adversarial system. Advisory Opinion 2223 assumes potential adversarial conflicts of…"
Mar 16
John Shaffer commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"The ABA ADR Section Ethics Committee twice addressed these thorny issues in 2010.  The extensive analysis and discussion can be found at: SODR-2010-2, Issued October 18, 2010 SODR-2010-1, Issued June 24, 2010 We are confronting new ethical…"
Mar 13
John Shaffer might attend Adrienne Keith's event
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WSBA ADR Annual Meeting at University of Washington School of Law

May 4, 2012 from 10:30am to 12pm
The WSBA ADR Section will hold its annual meeting on May 4, in conjunction with the 19th Annual  Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference scheduled for May 4—May 5, 2012. Please join us.  This is an open meeting for all section members who wish to attend.  We will be voting on officers for the 2012-2013 term: Officer Nominees for 2012-2013 Term:                     Lish Whitson: Chair-ElectCraig Beles: SecretaryCourtland Shafer: TreasurerThe meeting will be followed by a panel discussion, …See More
Apr 29, 2012
John Shaffer posted a discussion

Does Criticism of Florida Home Mortgage Mediation Apply Locally?

Here is some food for thought about home mortgage mediation in Florida from a reprint from a recent mediate.com post found at http://www.mediate.com/articles/BensonR1.cfm: The Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Disaster, Florida Styleby Roger Benson November 2011-Print…See More
Nov 15, 2011
A blog post by John Shaffer was featured

Lawyers as Problem Solvers and Warriors

Lawyers are, at least in large part, problem solvers. As litigators we deal with vibrant conflict, disputants who want to resolve their differences ... or not. As transactional lawyers we deal with the possibility for conflict in the future and try to plan for it. As negotiators, we try to help our clients resolve actual or anticipated conflicts without the aid of a third party decision maker. (And we should note, litigators are sometimes transactional, and transactional lawyers are sometimes…See More
Sep 2, 2011
John Shaffer posted a blog post

Lawyers as Problem Solvers and Warriors

Lawyers are, at least in large part, problem solvers. As litigators we deal with vibrant conflict, disputants who want to resolve their differences ... or not. As transactional lawyers we deal with the possibility for conflict in the future and try to plan for it. As negotiators, we try to help our clients resolve actual or anticipated conflicts without the aid of a third party decision maker. (And we should note, litigators are sometimes transactional, and transactional lawyers are sometimes…See More
Sep 2, 2011
John Shaffer posted a discussion

Is It Time for Organized Compassionate Legal and Political Action?

I've struggled for a long time with personally finding the right form and mix of outer action and inner work.  And the idea of compassionate listening as a lawyer and an activist has added dimension and depth, form and content to a "lifetime" devoted to this effort.  Given the world unfolding around us, I now ask: Is it time to start a legal educational project and a political action organization or organism rooted in compassion? What would it look like, I ask, if aesthetic, sensitive,…See More
Jul 17, 2011
John Shaffer replied to Jeff Bean's discussion 'Settlement Authority' in the group Foreclosure Mediation Discussion Group
"Jeff,   Thanks for your continuing thoughtful posts..."
Jul 14, 2011
John Shaffer joined WSBA ADR's group
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Foreclosure Mediation Discussion Group

Information and discussion on foreclosure mediation under Washington's Foreclosure Fairness Act. An open public forum on best practices, current trends, new information.Open to any registered member of the wsba-adr.org network.See More
Jul 13, 2011
A discussion started by John Shaffer was featured

It's Time to Work with Compassion

It has always seemed strange to me that while we talk about "the spirit of the law" I've never really been able to pin down in my own mind just what that might be.  Is fairness spirit? Justice? Due process? How about competitive instincts? A win or lose mentality? Anything goes in discovery, and filing last minute motions is o.k.?  Recently I've toyed with the idea that "the spirit of the law" is not in the law itself, but in the lawyers.  "Ah!", I thought, "in what spirit do I come?"  And "In…See More
Jul 8, 2011
John Shaffer posted a discussion

It's Time to Work with Compassion

It has always seemed strange to me that while we talk about "the spirit of the law" I've never really been able to pin down in my own mind just what that might be.  Is fairness spirit? Justice? Due process? How about competitive instincts? A win or lose mentality? Anything goes in discovery, and filing last minute motions is o.k.?  Recently I've toyed with the idea that "the spirit of the law" is not in the law itself, but in the lawyers.  "Ah!", I thought, "in what spirit do I come?"  And "In…See More
Jul 8, 2011
John Shaffer is now a member of WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution
Jul 8, 2011

Profile Information

Title/Position
Legal Conflict Manager, Analyst and Mediator/Arbitrator
Company/Employer
Law Offices of John Shaffer
Services Provided
Legal Advice & Counsel, Advocacy, Arbitrator, Collaborative Law, Litigation, Mediator
Practice Areas
Business, Collaborative Law, Consumer Law, Corporate, Employment (Non-Union), Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Bio
Occidental College, California, A.B. (Diplomacy and World Affairs, with Departmental Honors)
Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, J.D.
Pepperdine University School of Law, LL.M (Master of Laws, Dispute Resolution), Licensed to practice law in Washington and California.

Successful resolution of hundreds of highly contested conflicts and disputes. Mentor Mediator. Civil Litigator, Peer Review Rated Highest Legal Skills and Ethics, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mediator and settlement facilitator for the Seattle Federal Executive Board ; Rule 39.1 Panel, Federal Court, Western District of Washington; Washington State Bar Association Fee Dispute ADR Panel; Certified Mentor Mediator, Washington Mediation Association; King County and City of Seattle ADR Mediator; Extern and Civil Litigation Mediator, The Honorable Alexander H. Williams, III, and Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, 2004-2005.

Adjunct Faculty, Straus Institute, Pepperdine University Law School, 2009.
Continuing Legal and Conflict Education Writer, Lecturer and Presenter.

Lifetime student of human growth process with emphasis on personal growth through conflict
transitions, political, psychological and social effects of personal and organizational change. Training and leadership roles with Creative Initiative Foundation, Project Survival, Beyond War, Foundation for Global Community, Leadership Mid-Peninsula-Palo Alto, CA, Washington Mediation Association, The Compassionate Listening Project Delegation to Israel and Palestine, 2010.

CURRENT PRACTICE: Conflict and Legal Conflict Problem Solving Systems Conflict Assessments and Response, Including Management and Executive Level Conflict Counseling Expediency and Cost Assessment Conflict Counseling Mediation and Arbitration Services (Focus areas include Employment, Work Place, domestic, Insurance, Contract, Commercial, Business, and Government Processes and Disputes)
Selected Consultations Civil Litigation

Washington Mediation Association including Board of Directors (2007-2011)
The Compassionate Listening Project Israel-Palestine Delegation 2010
American Bar Association; Washington State Bar Association; King County Bar Association
Board of Directors, Washington Mediation Association (2007-2010)
Committee Service Dispute Resolution Sections KCBA and WSBA

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:
Lawyering, Law and Thanksgiving, King County Bar Bulletin November 2004.
Getting to the Heart of Employment Disputes, King County Bar Bulletin September 2006.
Taking Professional Stock with Atticus Finch, King County Bar Bulletin, July 2006.
Fudging the Truth as a Negotiation Tactic, King County Bar Bulletin, December 2006.
What Does Buddhism, Taoism, and Love Have to Do with Laywers, Mediators and Others Dealing with Conflict, Washington Mediation Association E News, Winter 2007 – 2008.
Suggesting Resolution via Mediation Does Not a Wimp Make, King County Bar Bulletin January 2008.
Right Is Sometimes Wrong – Right … or Wrong? King County Bar Bulletin, March 2008
Clients Are People, Too, King County Bar Bulletin, April 2008.
Keys to Success in Mediating Your Clients’ Disputes: Understanding the Ethics, Emotions, and Tensions of Fulfilling the Lawyer’s Role, Program Chair, Continuing Legal Education Panel Presentation, King County Bar Association, September 17, 2008.
Where Does Conflict Come From, How Does It Work, and How Should We Respond as Lawyers? Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, King County Bar Association, two part presentation, February 12 and March 12, 2009.
New Communities for 21st Century Lawyers, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2010.
Conflict Resolution in the “Holy Lands”, King County Bar Bulletin, January 2011.
Phone
425-454-8373
Email
jcslaw1@aol.com
Website
http://www.lawandpower.com, www.creativesettlements.com

John Shaffer's Blog

Lawyers as Problem Solvers and Warriors

Lawyers are, at least in large part, problem solvers. As litigators we deal with vibrant conflict, disputants who want to resolve their differences ... or not. As transactional lawyers we deal with the possibility for conflict in the future and try to plan for it. As negotiators, we try to help our clients resolve actual or anticipated conflicts without the aid of a third party decision maker. (And we should note, litigators are sometimes transactional, and transactional lawyers are…

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