Rina Goodman's Page

Profile Information

Title/Position
Principal/Collaborative Lawyer | Facilitator | Mediator
Company/Employer
Transforming Conflict, LLC
Services Provided
Collaborative Law, Mediator
Practice Areas
Business, Trusts & Estates, Probate, Employment (Non-Union), Family Law
Bio
Rina M. Goodman is a skilled, professional, full-time mediator who works with both represented and pro se clients. She holds certificates of completion in commercial, workplace, and federal workplace mediation from the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. After successfully completing an eighteen-month mediation practicum through the King County Dispute Resolution Center, she was certified to mediate civil and family mediations. In 2007, Rina was recognized by the King County (Washington) Dispute Resolution Center as Mediator- of-the-Year.

Prior to her mediation career, Rina worked as a consultant on complex issues in commercial transactions and bankruptcy; served as plaintiffs’ counsel at employment discrimination mediations; and represented plaintiffs in major aviation mass disaster cases. Frustrated by a backlogged civil trial calendar that resulted in lengthy delays for justice for her clients and dissatisfied with the randomness of many judicial decisions, she turned her focus to mediation.

Rina is past chair of Washington State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2011-2012). She is a member of the ADR Subcommittee of the WSBA Task Force on Eliminating Court Costs in Litigation (ECCL) and has been serving on the planning committee for the Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference since 2008. She also volunteers as a mediator for the Seattle Federal Executive Board’s ADR Consortium.

Rina is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (BA), New York University (MA) and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD). She has been an active member of the Washington State Bar since 2004. She was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1994.

Additional information regarding Rina Goodman and her practice can be found at http://www.transformingconflictllc.com.
Phone
206.523.7100
Email
rina@transformingconflictllc.com
Website
http://www.transformingconflictllc.com

Rina Goodman's Discussions

Mediators: Does WSBA Advisory Op. 2223 Address Your Practice?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rina Goodman Mar 12. 2 Replies

The Scrivener’s Dilemma: Mediators Who Draft Settlement Documents: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., 21st Annual NW Dispute Resolution ConferenceJoin the discussion and find out how…Continue

One- to Two-Day Advanced Sleuthing Adventure for Mediators with Stephanie West Allen

Started Mar 12, 2013 0 Replies

Join Stephanie West Allen for a one- or two-day mediation workshop at Westminster Hall, site of the Edgar Allan Poe crypt, in Baltimore, Maryland on May 2-3, 2013.  Ms. Allen will take you on a…Continue

REMINDER: Renew Your Section Membership

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Bean Oct 2, 2012. 2 Replies

This has been a rich, busy, and exciting year for the ADR Section (watch for the Annual Report), with much more in the pipeline (watch for announcements) for the new term.The new membership year…Continue

Personal Invitation from Your Section Chair

Started Apr 26, 2012 0 Replies

Greetings to all ADR Section Members!By now, you've probably seen our announcements of the upcoming annual section meeting and panel discussion that will be taking place at the UW School of Law…Continue

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Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group

Information and discussion on WSBA Advisory Opinion 2223: Lawyer-Mediator Preparing Legal Documents for Unrepresented Parties. An open public forum on the ramifications of this advisory opinion. Open to any registered member of the wsba-adr.org network.See More
May 24
Jeff Bean commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"John's showing the way of great online community leadership here by starting a discussion. Thanks, John! As various issues and topics come up, it will be helpful to have different discussions on them. The group's comment wall…"
Apr 14
Jeff Bean commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"John, I'm simply articulating my understanding of the rationale of Advisory Opinion 2223. I'm not defending it. Steve asked a good question, so I articulated the opinion's rationale to provide my answer of how I avoid the problem. If…"
Apr 14
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…"
Apr 12
Debra Synovec commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"Thanks for inviting me to the group Rina. And thanks for putting together the panel regarding this topic at the ADR conference."
Apr 4
Rina Goodman posted a status
"Please join our discussion on Advisory Opinion 2223, Lawyer-Mediator Preparing Legal Documents for Unrepresented Parties, pro or con."
Apr 3
Debra Synovec joined Rina Goodman's group
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Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group

Information and discussion on WSBA Advisory Opinion 2223: Lawyer-Mediator Preparing Legal Documents for Unrepresented Parties. An open public forum on the ramifications of this advisory opinion. Open to any registered member of the wsba-adr.org network.See More
Apr 3
Jeff Bean commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"Feel free to disagree with the analysis, but don't make the mistake that it's mine. The opinion is clear that the lawyer/mediator's preparation of documents with "'complex and customized provisions using original language…"
Apr 1
Rina Goodman commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"I disagree with Jeff's analysis. The attorney acting as mediator is not engaged in the practice of law during the mediation. When the legal documents are drafted, however, the attorney mediator is so engaged... but here is the difficulty:…"
Apr 1
Jeff Bean commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"Steve, here's how I deal with it. I don't practice in family, so it's easier for me to implement this solution. The rationale of the problem identified by Op 2223 is that the activity of" [s]election, drafting, or completion of…"
Mar 31
Steve Olsen commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"I agree with Kirsten that the opinion should be rescinded. However, until that happens, I am curious as to how other mediators are complying with the opinion. I am especially concerned about this language in the opinion: "because the…"
Mar 31
Kirsten Hytopoulos commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"I just attended the panel discussion, and am looking forward to continuing the discussion here. I'd also like to see the discussion culminate in real action. We owe it to ourselves and to the public to get this decision rescinded and the law…"
Mar 29
Kirsten Hytopoulos joined Rina Goodman's group
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Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group

Information and discussion on WSBA Advisory Opinion 2223: Lawyer-Mediator Preparing Legal Documents for Unrepresented Parties. An open public forum on the ramifications of this advisory opinion. Open to any registered member of the wsba-adr.org network.See More
Mar 29
Steve Olsen joined Rina Goodman's group
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Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group

Information and discussion on WSBA Advisory Opinion 2223: Lawyer-Mediator Preparing Legal Documents for Unrepresented Parties. An open public forum on the ramifications of this advisory opinion. Open to any registered member of the wsba-adr.org network.See More
Mar 27
Rina Goodman posted a status
"Reminder: Come hear panel address controversial WSBA Advisory Op 2223, 10AM Sat., 3/29: NW DR Conference. Join group discussion here."
Mar 26
Don P. Desonier commented on Rina Goodman's group 'Advisory Opinion 2223 Discussion Group'
"I have heard Jim Melamed of Mediate.com speak many times on the role of a mediator. Now I may be misstating his exact phrasing, but what struck me was his statement that, in taking to heart the true and authentic interests of the clients, a mediator…"
Mar 25

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At 2:23pm on July 13, 2010, Jeff Bean said…
Not sure which thing you're asking about. So here's the scoop on all:
* your "My Page" is publicly viewable and searchable - a great way to market yourself to both members and the public;
* Approved minutes are available to the public;
* Unapproved minutes are available only to the Executive Committee.
Or was it something else we were talking about?
At 11:38am on July 13, 2010, Jeff Bean said…
Nice wall, Rina! You win the "Creative My Page" award!

Did you get an answer to your message to the ExecComm about minutes?

Short answer is approved minutes are found under the Section News menu-choice, on the Minutes & Financials page.

Longer answer is Anamaria worked out with me a system. When she's drafted them, they're posted on the ExecComm group page for review. After we've approved them, they go on the Minutes & Financials page.

This was also a good opportunity for me to test and experience how to find things. The website's search function (at the top right-hand corner), looking for "minutes," did find the Minutes & Financials page. So that's good. And you can always feel free to contact David (webmaster) or me directly if you're not finding what you need. Thanks for being the explorer!
At 7:26am on July 9, 2010, Estera Gordon said…
Hi Rina! I'd like to know more about the Education committee. Let's talk once things start gearing up in the fall.
Warmly (that seems a very fitting sign-off today!),
Estera

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