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A Walk to the Courthouse

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…

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Added by Gail B Nunn on August 24, 2015 at 10:48am — No Comments

The Stanford Prison Experiment – Unexpected Lessons for Mediation

Often misunderstood as something akin to “Lord of the Flies” in a psychology lab, Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo's "…
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Added by Sasha S. Philip on July 17, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Joint Sessions in Mediation - “Prisoners’ Dilemma” or Opportunities for Better Outcomes?

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…

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Added by Sasha S. Philip on April 21, 2015 at 12:15pm — No Comments

The Space Between (by Andrew Kidde)

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.…

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Added by Sasha S. Philip on February 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Professional Support for Mediators (by Sasha S. Philip)

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…

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Added by Adrienne Keith Wills on August 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

I Was Sued, and I Didn't Like It (by Sherman Knight)

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…

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Added by Adrienne Keith Wills on August 11, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Does the Presence of a Lawyer Help or Hurt the Mediation Process?

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. 

http://www.lacba.org/showpage.cfm?pageid=15351

Warm regards to all,
Mark Baumann

Added by Mark Baumann on January 6, 2014 at 7:45pm — No Comments

2014 AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program

Colleagues,



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…

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Added by Craig Charles Beles on December 17, 2013 at 11:42am — No Comments

Low Bono focus group bears fruit

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…

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Added by Mark Baumann on August 15, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

20th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference a Huge Success!

Nearly 400 people participated in the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference this year. Presenters and participants from all over the Northwest (Washington, Oregon & Idaho), and from Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Montana, Texas, Canada & England, attended a variety of subject offerings, choosing among a total of 45 different sessions.  Participants commented the conference was “well-organized” with…

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Added by Kathleen Wareham on April 16, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

A Mediator’s Assessment of Safety Issues and Concerns

The Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law have been studying screening for intimate partner violence and/or abuse in family mediation for several years.  As a result of their studies they developed a new screening method designed to be given as an interview.  The assessment, Mediator’s Assessment of Safety Issues and Concerns or MASIC, was featured in an article in the Family Court Review in October…

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Added by Paul W. McVicker on April 16, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Supreme Court Proposes Collaborative Law Rules

Report of the ADR Section Legislative Committee

On April 5, 2013 the Washington Supreme Court entered an Order on the adoption of Collaborative Law Rules. A copy of the complete order with the proposed Rules is here: April 5 2013 Order on adoption of…

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Added by Paul W. McVicker on April 10, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Collaborative Practice Results in More Satisfied Clients

Most family law attorneys are familiar with the saying: "A good settlement is when both parties are equally unhappy." Striving for a better outcome than mutual unhappiness, more and more lawyers are learning the Collaborative process to help their clients experience a better quality divorce process. With tens of thousands of trained lawyers, and a commensurate number of satisfied clients, the growth of Collaborative Practice is reflective of its results. In a recent large-scale…

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Added by J. Mark Weiss on February 11, 2013 at 2:25pm — No Comments

A Critique of Collaborative Divorce Law

 

by Douglas P. Becker

 

Legislation has been proposed to establish collaborative law as an out-of-court system for divorces in Washington. Unfortunately collaborative law assumes an equality of knowledge, finances and determination that rarely exists. Its inherent problems have caused both the American Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association to reject the Uniform Collaborative…

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Added by Paul W. McVicker on January 22, 2013 at 6:35pm — 1 Comment

Useful Practices in Mediation Report

Hot off the presses!  Read the Survey of Northwest Mediators (pdf), a result of in-depth interviews with over 30 Seattle and West Coast mediators.

Added by Adrienne Keith Wills on January 17, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Can lawyer-mediator’s write up legal documents?

In 2012, the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee issued Advisory Opinion #2223, concluding that lawyers acting as a mediator may not ethically write up a Property Settlement Agreement, Order of Child Support, or Parenting Plan for unrepresented parties. The Opinion does not address a mediator's Memorandum of Understanding. 



The full opinion is below and here is a direct link to the opinion on the…

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Added by Mark Baumann on December 19, 2012 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Early Stage Mediation - There is no Down Side.

     Late mediation has been around for decades.  While late stage mediation (close to a trial date) may avoid trials, clients today are interested in further reducing expenses, keeping the emotional toll of litigation in check and maintaining relationships. 

     Late stage mediation results in destroyed relationships.  As the…

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Added by Sherman L. Knight on December 12, 2012 at 10:25pm — No Comments

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