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When Mediation Fails/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 6, 2020

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Mediation is the search for Win-Win. Litigation is the search for defeating your opponent. But does mediation always work? In my experience, there are certain factors that make success for the mediation perilous. These factors include the following: *If there is active enmity between the the parties, mediation may not be doomed to failure. If […]

Showing Class/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 16, 2020

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This tweet was sent out by VP Joseph Biden upon learning the of the death of Robert Trump: “Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your younger brother Robert’s passing. I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one — and I know how important family is in moments like these. […]

Congressman John Lewis: RIP/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 18, 2020

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Congressman John Lewis lived a life dedicated to liberty and justice. His mentor in his life was the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The following thought, is both aspirational and helpful to those who need dispute resolution. More importantly, these words were declared by someone who “cheated death” on more than one occasion, in […]

What You Can Control/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 12, 2020

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It is often said by those in the mental health field that we can be far healthier once we realize that we can’t control external events. We can only control how we react to them. A recent article was written for mediate.com by mediator and author, Cinnie Noble. The July article begins by citing the […]

A Prime Minister Speaks on ADR/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 28, 2020

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An article penned by the Harvard Program on Negotiation (found at https://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/international-negotiation-daily/international-negotiations-and-conflict-tony-blairs-10-principles-for-dispute-resolution-negotiations/) discusses the negotiation style of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Of particular note is the following idea: “Because the two sides in a lingering dispute have difficulty seeing each other’s pain, conflict resolution is best viewed as a journey rather than an […]

Getting to Yes/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

April 29, 2020

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I recently took a CLE course in mediation styles. I enjoy seeing how other mediators apply their trade. The mediators teaching the course had very different ideas than do I about the manner and goal of their mediation style. Since mediation is referred to as an art rather than a science, this difference of style […]

Life’s Choices/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

April 21, 2020

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A Harvard Professor by the name of Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar wrote a popular book on happiness. The book, based on a successful course Dr. Ben-Shahar taught at Harvard, is entitled “Happier”. This book is a wonderful read and offers the reader much to ponder. At the end of the chapters, the author provides an exercise […]

Mediator as a Neutral/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

October 15, 2019

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Reuters reported the following on October 10, 2019 :”U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hopes he can mediate between Turkey and the Kurds following Turkey’s offensive on U.S.-allied Kurds in northeast Syria.” After giving Turkey the “green light” to “clear a path” in Syria where Kurds had been stationed, could he still be […]

Fake Weather?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 5, 2019

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By now most everyone knows about Pres. Trump warning that Hurricane Dorian was heading towards Alabama. The only problem was that it wasn’t doing that. The president then produced an altered weather map to prove his “point”. On this miscue, Chris Cillizza of cnn.com posted (September 5, 2019) “Donald Trump’s Alabama Obsession Reveals a Very […]

A QuoteThat Says it All/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 27, 2019

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I just saw this quote: “When you’re at the edge of a cliff, sometimes progress is a step backwards.” — Anonymous This truism defines life with all its complexity. Sometimes, taking a step backwards is progress. In mediation, too, unless you are Wiley Coyote, don’t go over the cliff. Learn when it is time to […]