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Rules of Mediation?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 28, 2019

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Dan Simon wrote a post on mediation for mediate.com (September 2019) entitled “Mediation Approaches: We Don’t Have Science, So Let’s Have principles”. Apparently, Mr. Simon does not see a reason for many ground rules in mediation sessions such as “Listen to each other” or “Don’t interrupt”. Why tell the parties how to conduct their session? […]

Truth. What’s That?

September 18, 2019

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The following discussion took place between an attorney for the Democrats Impeachment Hearings and one Corey Lewandowski: BERKE: Do you hear that, sir? That was you saying, on MSNBC, you don’t ever remember the president ever asking you to get involved with Jeff Sessions or the Department of Justice in any way, shape or form. […]

Divorce Selfies/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 7, 2019

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I just read about divorced couples taking a smiling selfie picture right after their divorce has become finalized. Though this has been around for a few years, I just caught wind of it last week. My reaction is that of Tevye in a Fiddler on the Roof with some modification: “Though it is no great […]

Wise President Abe/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 5, 2019

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The online version of The Atlantic magazine (October 2019)has a good read on General James Mattis, entitled “The Man Who Couldn’t Take it Anymore” by Jeffrey Goldberg. The follow snippet is insightful to all who practice mediation. “‘ General Mattis quotes President Lincoln’s famous phrase “With malice toward none, with charity for all”. The General […]

Under Attack/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 18, 2019

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There is an expression that in war the first casualty is truth. Nations often black out the news, distort the news, censor the news, etc so as to heighten the chances for victory. William Ury, mediator and author, has another take on a more benign attack. When a person is personally attacked, Ury maintains, s/he […]

Cognitive Dissonance/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 20, 2019

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An article by Professor Kathleen D. Vohs on cognitive dissonance appeared at WashPo on July 18, 2019. The question at hand was how was it possible for supporters of President Trump not to protest the comment that 4 Congresswomen go back to the places from which they came. To many, the racist intent of these […]

Bad Reasons to Choose Litigation Over Mediation/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 16, 2019

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America is known as a litigious country. While resorting to Court over mediation is costly and anguishing, many people choose this route. Here are some bad reasons for choosing the litigation option: *I CAN GET A BETTER DEAL IN COURT THAN I CAN THROUGH MEDIATION. Surely there are situations where your case is so strong […]