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Who Cares?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 5, 2016

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Rep. Paul Ryan was asked on “60 Minutes” if it bothered him that President-elect Trump tweets such fallacious claims such as the “fact” that millions of illegal votes went to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the recent election. His reaction was characterized my many as being roughly the following: ” Who cares. He has a job […]

Shimon Peres/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

October 9, 2016

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The recent passing of the ex-Prime Minister/President of Israel, Shimon Peres, has led to many tributes to this dignified and compassionate leader. The following quote was attributed to Mr. Peres: ” “Why is America great?” I asked him. “Because they were givers. Why is Europe in trouble? Because they are takers. America is giving; people […]

Mediation and Trust/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

October 9, 2016

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A Finnish politician and international mediator, Martii Ahtisaari,  once said that the selection of the mediator is premised on the trust displayed and exhibited by the parties to the dispute. Rarely, is mediation a legal exercise ordered by the legal process. It is rather, usually, the result of a decision made voluntarily by the parties […]

Mediating for the Future/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 10, 2016

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We think of mediation often in terms of current needs such as child support, alimony, division of property, etc. However, future issues are no less important in a mediation agreement. Future-looking issues may include: *Methods for resolving future disputes *Paying for future parties, weddings, etc. *Methods by which future expenses (e.g. medical, mental health, etc.) […]

Winning Isn’t Everything/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 31, 2016

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In any negotiation a party has a choice between winning on every possible issue or getting to a fair agreement with the other side. The late Coach, Vince Lombardi, once said “Winning isn’t the best thing, it is the only thing.” But is winning in a negotiation truly the only thing? Consider the following: *If […]

Divorce Mediation in the U.K./Martin Rosenfeld

June 21, 2016

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There is a TV program in the UK that centers around divorce and mediation. At the current time, divorce mediation cases in the UK numbers 17,000/yearly. 90% of those cases will have a positive resolution. The UK newspaper, The Telegraph,  described a progam entitled: “Mr V. Mrs: Call the Mediator” The show focuses on a […]

Negotiating Tip/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 19, 2016

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This negotiation strategy comes from this week’s segment of the Harvard Program on Negotiation: Sunday Minute Summary: Don’t just focus on what each party wants in your negotiations. Adopt an investigative mindset and ask why? A teacher of mine once stated that people do not do things without reason. They may do things for a […]