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Almost exactly four years ago, the main article in my newsletter was entitled “What Now?” I was unsurprised by the results of the 2016 election, discouraged by what I perceived as a step backward in civil discourse, and hopeful about the opportunity that it presented. ​I concluded with this sentiment: #element-465df339-fee2-4872-9a59-6ae8862bc95d .colored-box-content { clear: both; float: left; width: 100%; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -ms-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; background-color: rgba(213,213,213,0.2); padding-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 50px; padding-right:…
A recent e-mail message from Mark Honeywell (ADR practitioner and litigation attorney at the Seattle law firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell, LLP) to the members of the ADR Roundtable offered a few timely and humorous observations of his experience with Zoom mediations. It is reproduced here with his permission:  Dear Colleagues: Now that many of us have become conversant with Zoom mediations, perhaps more out of necessity than choice, it has occurred to me that this medium…
Thank you to Mediate.com for this great compilation of online mediating resources! Training: Pouring a Little Psychological Water on Online Dispute Resolution, by Jean Sternlight Online Dispute Resolution: Stinky, Repugnant, or Drab, by Robert Condlin What Dinosaurs Can Teach Lawyers about How to Avoid Extinction in the ADR Evolution, by Elayne E. Greenberg and Noam Ebner Getting Started: Practice Set-up, article by David Smith Practical Set-up with Zoom, article…
(by Micky ScottBey Jones) Together we will create brave spaceBecause there is no such thing as a “safe space”We exist in the real worldWe all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.In this spaceWe seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,We call each other to more truth and loveWe have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.We have the responsibility…
Almost two months into quarantines, stay-home orders, business shutdowns, and remote work, many of us have adjusted – with varying levels of discomfort and anxiety – to a “new normal”. A Constant State of Anxiety A recent Forbes article provides some insight into our current psychological reality: “Psychologically, we can attribute this discomfort to anxiety. However, it’s not a run-of-the-mill anxiety, the type that’s normal and even healthy. Instead, it’s a constant state of incertitude,…
I have had several readers ask me to keep posting updates about my van. The build is coming along very slowly, but I thought I would share some pictures, including both successes and failures to date.…
I led a tutorial/discussion on the use of Zoom for my colleagues at the ADR Roundtable last Wednesday. In the interest of making the information widely available, I included a link to my PowerPoint slide deck – which includes links to Zoom Help Center articles, as well as links to various ODR organizations and other resources – in my April newsletter. I am also posting them here in case they are useful to any of…
Our world has been turned upside down. Streets and freeways are empty. Businesses are shuttered; parks are closed. A staggering number of hospitality workers are unemployed. As our front-line workers, medical professionals, grocery store clerks, and delivery drivers face a constant threat of exposure to Covid-19. Extroverts are sheltering in place without social interaction; introverts are sheltering in place with more social interaction with partners and kids than they ever expected. Staying Connected Video-conferences – for work, for…