Ongoing Relationships and the Perils of Gratitude

 Last week, I wondered aloud (or whatever the blog equivalent of “aloud” may be) why I had so few experiences in which mediation parties said “thank you” to each other upon arriving at a settlement.  Geoff Sharp indicated that his experience in New Zealand was different—that he routinely sees parties thanking each other early and often … Continue reading Ongoing Relationships and the Perils of Gratitude

Supplemental Briefing Filed In Hall Street

Scotus blog reported that the parties in Hall Street filed their supplemental briefing. See http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/uncategorized/new-layer-of-dispute-on-arbitration/#more-6207 for a story on this topic as well as a link to the briefs. The parties have until Monday, December 3rd to file reply briefs. While I am not certain that anyone other than Justice Roberts was behind the supplemental … Continue reading Supplemental Briefing Filed In Hall Street

Communities of Practice and the Continuing Evolution of Mediation

Long ago and far away, I was one of the people who successfully advocated for the institutionalization of ADR in a state court system.  But based on research conducted by Professor Bobbi McAdoo and others, I got pretty discouraged about what non-family civil, court-connected mediation had become—dominated by lawyers and a legal-and-litigation focus, characterized almost … Continue reading Communities of Practice and the Continuing Evolution of Mediation

Supreme Court Orders Additional Briefing in Hall Street

Today, the Court issued an order requesting supplemental briefing from the Hall Street Parties. The order is as follows: ORDER IN PENDING CASE 06-989 HALL STREET ASSOC. V. MATTEL, INC. The parties are directed to file supplemental briefs addressing the following questions: (1) Does authority exist outside the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) under which a … Continue reading Supreme Court Orders Additional Briefing in Hall Street

Missing Jon Stewart and What the Writer’s Guild Strike Has to do with Negotiation

Strikes that get played out in the news are interesting public displays of negotiation positions that we are often not privy to otherwise. In the strike of the Writers Guild of America, their position, as expressed in the New York Times by Damon Lindeloff (the co-creator and head writer for the television series Lost) is … Continue reading Missing Jon Stewart and What the Writer’s Guild Strike Has to do with Negotiation

Emotions and Problem Definition in Mediation

Leonard Riskin and I have written an article that will appear in the summer issue of the George Mason Law Review. Because we are concerned that many mediation sessions are characterized by a narrow, law-and-litigation-oriented problem definition, the article proposes several mechanisms to encourage parties to choose the problem definition for their mediation. Do they … Continue reading Emotions and Problem Definition in Mediation