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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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Bridging Cultures & Continents

Istanbul has long been recognized as one of the world’s most vibrant cities. It literally represents the confluence of cultures as the continents of Asia and Europe meet at opposite sides of the Bosporus. Today, almost twenty million people inhabit this teeming metropolis, where the western influences of the European Union tug at the roots…

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Expanding the Vision of ADR

While hard to imagine, it was less than 25 years ago that alternative dispute resolution and specifically mediation, was still a nascent concept, unknown to most in the mainstream legal community. Yet, through the energy, vision and entrepreneurship of many, ADR has brought about a paradigm shift in our legal profession. Today, mediation and its…

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Effective Client Representation in Mediation

Many attorneys ask the question, “What does it mean to effectively represent a client in a mediation?” During the mediation process, a client’s attorney may need to fill the roles of process designer, client counsel and traditional advocate. This post examines these multiple roles and offers practical advice on how the client’s attorney can most…

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Taking Dispute Resolution to all Corners of the World

Just wrapped up the 7th annual Weinstein Fellowship training in San Francisco, CA. For those that aren’t familiar, this program was started by a generous grant by JAMS panelist Dan Weinstein to find individuals in distant parts of the world that are motivated to change their community’s approach to conflict and dispute resolution. It is…

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The Business of ADR Is Changing

Those of us who have been in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for the past 25 years have seen it grow from an industry in modest infancy to thriving adulthood. In the beginning, we grappled with a business model of franchise or franchisee. Mediators were challenged by potential conflicts of interest and were constantly in danger…

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