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Just last week, an attorney told me that their litigation strategy is to “lead with trust and see what happens”. I watched this strategy play out in a hearing over which I was to preside as the arbitrator. When opposing counsel arrived, the attorney asked to meet with their counterpart while I waited for a few minutes. The two attorneys had a private conversation, then reentered the room after clearly having had a productive and collegial conversation. They stipulated…
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am once again reminded that I have much for which to be grateful. I am blessed to have a loving family, kind and caring friends, and the luxuries of health and economic security. The Stress of Holiday Dinners For many, however, the holiday season is daunting, and the prospect of forced conversations with “difficult” family members can be a source of anxiety. For several years, I have led a class on skillful…
Wait… what? Quantum physics?! Stay calm and read on – I promise that this is (whimsically) related to mediation. Frontiers of Physics I attended a “Frontiers of Physics” lecture at the University of Washington a week ago, presented by CalTech’s Prof. Sean Carroll. Besides being a leader in his field, Prof. Carroll is also a very engaging speaker, who makes his subject extremely approachable for curious non-scientists such as myself. Indeed, if you are interested in the…
 I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer, enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend, and – for those of you who have school-age children – survived the first day of school. Labor Day I find myself writing this newsletter on Labor Day, which “honors the American Labor movement and the power of collective action by laborers, who are essential for the workings of society.” (Wikipedia) “A World of Three Zeros” Somewhat apropos, I am reading a fascinating…
There were several very exciting finishes in sporting events over the past two weeks, all of them in sports that I follow to some extent. The U.S. Women’s National Team won the Soccer World Cup in an amazing show of strength, endurance, and physical prowess. England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time since its inception in 1975, due to a slightly bizarre twist at the end of regulation time. And Novak Djokovic…