WSBA ADR is thrilled to announce the first ever Northwest Collaborative Futures Conference. This year’s theme is Deconstructing Artificial Borders, and this event will have a kick off in the evening of Oct 20, 2021 and then run all day on Oct 21 and 22. Please save the dates and mark your calendars now, because this is going to be a great event.
We are creating this event with a…Continue
Added by Emily Martin on August 17, 2021 at 3:00pm — No Comments
There were several very exciting finishes in sporting events over the past two weeks, all of them in sports that I follow to some extent. The U.S. Women’s National Team won the Soccer World Cup in an amazing show of strength, endurance, and physical prowess. England won the …Continue
Added by Sasha S. Philip on July 17, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments
This blog entry is copied from an e-mail I received from Maureen Beyers, which she sent on behalf of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Committee on Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR):
The statistics for women in ADR are profoundly discouraging and show…
Added by Sasha S. Philip on March 14, 2017 at 8:10pm — No Comments
Check out the workshop descriptions and our inspiring…Continue
Added by Sasha S. Philip on February 17, 2017 at 11:45am — No Comments
Added by Paul W. McVicker on January 24, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments
In their June 2016 meeting, WSBA Board of Governors voted to approve the ADR recommendations made in the report of the task force on the "Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation". Interested in considering some of the task force recommendations for your practice? I offer my thoughts …Continue
Added by Adrienne Keith Wills on August 25, 2016 at 12:34pm — No Comments
What comes to mind as you read each of the following lines?
African American female,
Single mother of two,…Continue
Added by Sasha S. Philip on June 20, 2016 at 10:33am — No Comments
Friends and colleagues:
As I write this, it is just after 3:00 am in Orlando. The candles from tonight’s vigil are still burning amid the roses in our garden where we set them down in the fading light of this sad day and watched the sky bleed red at sunset. Like all of us, my husband and I awoke this morning to the shock and horror of news both too familiar and wholly foreign: unprecedented savagery unleashed against our community, a hail of bullets cutting down 50 of us: our friends,…Continue
Added by Sasha S. Philip on June 13, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
DRAFTING AGREEMENTS AS AN ATTORNEY-MEDIATOR: REVISITING WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION ADVISORY OPINION 2223
Caitlin Park Shin…Continue
Added by Paul W. McVicker on April 27, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Whether you loved him or hated him, agreed with his elegant legal opinions or fervently disagreed with them, it is undeniable that Justice Antonin Scalia was one of the most influential jurists in American legal history. His death on Saturday has sent waves – of shock, dismay, and jubilation – through the country.
At a time when political partisanship is at an unprecedented height, what most intrigues me is the much-chronicled friendship between Antonin Scalia and Ruth…Continue
Added by Sasha S. Philip on February 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
Today as I walked from my office four blocks to the county courthouse, I thought about how my seemingly simple walk was a lot like getting divorced. It also brought to mind the pieces of the collaborative team and process and how the collaborative experience can make the walk to the courthouse safer and saner.
First I took an elevator ride down 12 floors. When you first realize or decide your marriage is over it can feel like the floor fell away and that you descended to the depths…Continue
Added by Gail B Nunn on August 24, 2015 at 10:48am — No Comments
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One of the panel presentations at last week’s ABA ADR Conference in Seattle led me to wonder whether attorneys perceive mediation negotiations, especially in joint sessions, as a type of "Prisoners' Dilemma".
You may recall the setup for this classic example of game theory. Two co-conspirators (A and B) are arrested and held in separate cells with no means of contacting the other. The prosecutors do not have sufficient evidence to…Continue
Added by Sasha S. Philip on April 21, 2015 at 12:15pm — No Comments
Here at the Bellevue Mediation Program our work is first and foremost a matter of listening to stories. We have an unspoken contract with our clients – you tell us your story, we’ll try to help you. Our volunteers are paid in stories. To be a good mediator, you need a hunger for stories, because that’s what sustains you, and also because your clients can tell if you’re not interested.…Continue
Added by Sasha S. Philip on February 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
In the Fall 2013 issue of Conflict Resolution Quarterly, authors Susan S. Raines, Sunil Kumar Pokhrel and Jean Poitras examine challenges faced by professional mediators. (See “Mediation as a Profession: Challenges That Professional Mediators Face”.) Not unexpectedly, the researchers…Continue
Added by Adrienne Keith Wills on August 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
At dinner parties, when people would ask what I do for a living, I would respond in a joking way, “I make people’s lives miserable.” They would quickly come back with, “Ah, you must be an attorney.”
As a practicing trial attorney for two-and-a-half decades, I never understood just how accurate my description was. I didn’t try to make lives miserable, it’s just the result of a process they taught us in law school known as litigation.
Then it happened: my wife and I were sued…Continue
Added by Adrienne Keith Wills on August 11, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments
An ADR Section White Paper on including children in mediation by Abby Kostecka, J.D. Candidate 2014, Gonzaga University School of Law:
Added by Paul W. McVicker on January 13, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Here's a link to a very short article summarizing research in Québec, Canada. While the study only appears to have researched the experiences of one professional mediator, the results are interesting.
Warm regards to all,
Added by Mark Baumann on January 6, 2014 at 7:45pm — No Comments
Please see below some information regarding the AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program. Please pass this along if you know of anyone who might be interested in applying for the program. I have contacts with many past Fellows who can provide interested candidates with some first-hand feedback on the program and how it's helped them develop their ADR skills and mediation/arbitration practice.
Thank you in advance for your…
Added by Craig Charles Beles on December 17, 2013 at 11:42am — No Comments
Fellow ADR section members,
I am writing to give you an update on the Low Bono section formation project. ADR executive committee members Alan Alhadeff, Paul McVicker and myself began an ADR focus group on reduced fee conflict resolution concepts two years ago. We were inspired by a Seattle University CLE Presentation on the low bono concept by attorney Jenny Anderson. We quickly found a group of lawyers and mediators interested in the topic and we have been holding meetings and…
Added by Mark Baumann on August 15, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments