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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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