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When Courts Are Closed/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 28, 2020

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Many states have closed their Court systems for cases that are not of an emergency-matter. While this creates difficulties for many parties, the viable option of mediation is still very much a reasonable go-to process. Mediations can be done on-line, by phone, or in person, if proper health precautions are observed. Going to court to […]

Perspective/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 27, 2020

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The number of health professional stricken by the virus is way too high. Yet, many professionals have stated that although they recognize the potential danger to their health, they will keep on doing what they are trained to do. Dedication and selflessness. Need a mediator because you can’t agree on work issues, divorce issues, family […]

Brainstorming/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

February 16, 2020

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In a mediation there can come a time when the parties seem unable to come up with new and untried options. This is a good time to try to brainstorm. We have rules for everything, and brainstorming is no exception. Brainstorming can be effective, and there is no need to take up too much time […]

Problem Solving in 1962/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 29, 2020

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On January 29, 2020, Fred Kaplan of Slate magazine, appeared on NPR to discuss his new book “The Bomb”. How close has the world come to nuclear war, Mr. Kaplan was asked. He replied that during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, President Kennedy’s military advisors did not hesitate to suggest a nuclear attack on […]

Understanding/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 26, 2020

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A comedian once stated that he went to a prizefight and then “a hockey match broke out”. What does one do when one is trying to mediate and then the aforementioned hickey match breaks out? Recriminations, insults, and loud banter break out. How do you take control over the process and lead it to still […]

Lose-Lose?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 26, 2020

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According to Newser.com(January 15, 20200 David Ostrom sought to divorce in wife. He asked an Iowa court for permission to meet his wife, and her counsel, “on the field of battle”. His weapon of choice was a sword. To no one’s surprise, opposing counsel petitioned the Court to order a mental health evaluation for Mr. […]

When a Judge Orders One Mediation Session/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 13, 2020

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It is very rare that one mediation session will lead to a final agreement. Why then do judges sometimes order that a party attend one mediation session? There are actually a few benefits from such a modest order: 1. Sometimes lightening strikes at a mediation session and the parties are so pleased with their progress […]