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Mediation Competency – Giving Vitamins Instead of Aspirin

No brand reflects higher quality education than Stanford University. No region connotes innovation more than Silicon Valley. Perhaps it was fitting that when Dr. Mark Welton, Chief of Staff, Stanford Health Care, was in search of conflict resolution training, he chose to introduce a pilot project to teach mediation and leadership competency to the heads…

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The Cost of Conflict

I read with interest Angela Bilbow’s article, Mediation: The Unsung Hero (link below) and think it important to comment on the countervailing themes of international developments favoring commercial mediation and the perceived underutilization of mediation as a dispute resolution option. Having taught recently in Turkey with one of the Brick Court Chambers symposium members, John Sturrock…

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Expanding the Reach of Mediation

Mediation and its common sense approach to dispute resolution have reshaped how we approach conflict. Legal professionals throughout the world agree that skilled mediators provide an invaluable service. Yet, their niche in the current legal landscape represents a small fraction of litigation marketplace. Most mediators are unaware that the annual gross revenue of this country’s…

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Hope and Inspiration in the Land of the Aztecs

This past week I was invited by my friend and colleague, Fernando Navarro, a former Weinstein International Fellow, to Mexico City to teach and lecture to mediators, attorneys and law students. The topic? How to advance the culture of commercial mediation in their legal environment. My first presentation was an early morning lecture to ANADE,…

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Translating the American Experience

Following my recent post on teaching mediation skills in Austria, I received a number of similar responses, the central theme of which questions how I can translate the American mediation experience into a different cultural paradigm. The answer to this question begins with an understanding of the mediators mind and the concept that whether in…

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Taking Mediation Skills to Vienna

On a hilltop outside of Vienna, overlooking the meandering Danube River, I began a week of training mediation and negotiation skills to business professionals and practicing mediators. The group was participating in a year-long curriculum involving mediation and leadership competency training and I was the instructor charged with bringing the “American experience” to the conversation….

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Hear about mediation in post-genocide Rwanda

As written by Emily Gould, co-director of the African Peace Partners: Construction on the Ihumure Peace Center in Rwanda will begin in August thanks to a kick off grant from the Edwards Mediation Academy. The Center is a first of its kind in that it integrates trauma recovery, dispute resolution and cooperative economic self –…

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Avoidable Communication Blunders in Mediation Advocacy

Every professional mediator I know has experienced the challenge of difficult communication in mediation. Yet, doesn’t that lie at the heart of what we do? Attorneys come from all walks of life, and communication styles reflect those backgrounds. In an attempt to improve upon communication in mediation, I’ve identified a few problem communicators: The novice…

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EMA’s first EMpower grant recipient

Edwards Mediation Academy is pleased to announce its first EMpower grant recipient:  African Peace Partners.  Founded in 2013, African Peace Partners is a US-based non profit organization committed to supporting the Ihumure Peace Association in Rwanda (http://www.africanpeacepartners.org/ihumure-peace-association/).   African Peace Partners provides training and financial resources to local mediators to support their pioneering work in healing…

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The Demise of Mediation

This past September I sent the following letter to Barbara Gaal, of the California Law Revision Commission, arguing against the commissions’ attempt to make broad changes to the confidentiality protection currently afforded statements made in mediation. The commission continued its public hearing in LA this past week as it seeks further comment on this important issue….

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