The Trump Formula/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

April 8, 2018

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Julian Zelizer, writing recently for cnn.com described how President Trump deals with many of his favorite issues. He dehumanizes his “opponent”; he generates fear; and he then describes the action he proposes to take. (Think e.g. immigation issue.)This script leaves behind a legacy of mistrust and division. Does it sound familiar? In contested matters such […]

An Educator Discusses Civility/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 24, 2018

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Dean Paula M. Cohen, of Drexel University, wrote an op-ed piece for the WSJ on March 24, 2018. Entitled “A Riot of Civility Erupts in Philly–Of All Places”, Ms. Cohen is for conversation and against name-calling. She holds monthly meetings with students and discusses issues with the thought of allowing differing points of view to […]

Multiple Options/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 10, 2018

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In his book “Smart Money Decisions”, Harvard Business School professor Max H. Bazerman cautions about home-buyers who fall in love with a particular home after seeing it at an open house and place a bid for it on the spot. By limiting their range of options to one house, rather than several, they set themselves […]

Remember Monica?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 10, 2018

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Abby Ellin wrote about Monica Lewinsky in the WSJ of March 10, 2018. She wrote as a follow-up to a recent article written by Ms. Lewinsky for the current issue of Vanity Fair. In that article, Ms. Lewinsky accuses former President Clinton of “gross abuse of power” for his treatment of her. To this assertion, […]

The Need to Be Heard/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

February 19, 2018

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Mediation provides a safe space for two (or more) parties to discuss their differences. The Wall Street Journal weekend magazine of 2/17/18 carried an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Winfrey is now a contributor to the long-running “Sixty Minutes”. What does Ms. Winfrey try to accomplish? “Once you feel heard, you are willing to hear […]

Mediation Counters Our “Worst Angels”/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

February 18, 2018

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Divorce Attorney Laura Wasser wrote an article in the current issue of Town and Country Magazine entitled “What Happens When Divorce Turns Into a Quest For Revenge?”. The article outlines some of the more outlandish behavior Attorney Wasser has seen in divorce actions. As she informs the reader, she advises her clients of the pitfalls […]

Lesson From the Korean Impasse/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

February 17, 2018

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Walter Russell Mead, of the WSJ, in an article on Kim Yo Jong, wrote on 2/13/18 about the efforts to bring North Korea’s nuclear program under control. (Notice the step-by-step RX for finding a solution.) “All this is to say that the effort to denuclearize North Korea is an uphill climb. That does not mean […]