Christmas Safari

A Christmas Safari is one of the few family traditions of the Christmas season I have consistently enjoyed. We really seldom go out into the wilds, it is usually the wild and crazy places in the City, though last year we came close. It is a tradition from my youth. On a Saturday in December… Continue reading Christmas Safari

Resolving the Turkey Conflict

This is the time of the year for the turkey conflict. Thanksgiving is the day we Americans set aside to give thanks. It is most likely the only day when everyone makes an effort to enjoy a meal with their family. The day can be painful for anyone that does not have immediate family around… Continue reading Resolving the Turkey Conflict

Contra Costa Superior Court Volunteer Reception

  The Contra Costa Superior Court held a reception to thank the hundreds of volunteers from the legal and professional community who contributed their time and talent to support the court.  I was one of the volunteers so honored. The Presiding Judge, the Honorable Barry Goode said, “There have been so many setbacks as our… Continue reading Contra Costa Superior Court Volunteer Reception

Starlings v Blueberries – Last Friday’s ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

Starlings v Blueberries – Last Friday’s ABA Representation in Mediation Competition Last Friday I participated in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition.  I was one of the judges of the competition.  It was a two day event held at Berkeley Law in Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley Campus. As Alternative Dispute Resolution… Continue reading Starlings v Blueberries – Last Friday’s ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

Happy New Year – Again we’ve survived a bunch of apocalypses.

I had to look up the plural of apocalypse.  On Google one commentator questioned the need for the plural form.  If apocalypse is defined as the end of the world, how could you have several ends of the world?  Obviously this commentator has not been watching the news. History is littered with doomsdays that have… Continue reading Happy New Year – Again we’ve survived a bunch of apocalypses.

Why Christmas?

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, God Incarnate Deity.  We celebrate it on December 25th, not because it is his real birthday.  We celebrate it today the same way the British celebrate the Queen’s birthday in June and Mother’s Day is in May.  It’s a good day to do it.  Why our ancestors… Continue reading Why Christmas?

Hunger Trials: They’re No Longer Games

Hunger Trials: They’re No Longer Games It seems that attorneys can never turn the legal mind off even while watching a teenage move such as the Hunger Games.   Last week my American Inn of Court group used the Hunger Games as the basis for our continuing legal education presentation to the Inn.  We called it… Continue reading Hunger Trials: They’re No Longer Games

Painful proposed cuts, but potential for more mediations.

Painful proposed cuts to the Courts, but potential for more mediations. Painful proposed cuts to the Courts, but there are potential for more mediations.   Today I attended a presentation of the “Justice Partners of the Contra Costa Superior Court.”    The presenters were Judges Becton and Goode.  The painful topic was the potential impact of… Continue reading Painful proposed cuts, but potential for more mediations.

Task #11: What’s wrong with the other side’s case?

Task #11: What’s wrong with the other side’s case? The resolution of a dispute does not just occur on the day of the mediation.   Each participant to mediation needs to prepare their own strategy for negotiation in the settlement.  Based on my experience as a mediator, these are a collection of tasks each participant needs… Continue reading Task #11: What’s wrong with the other side’s case?

My Purpose for blogging: Where to we go from here?

Where to we go from here? My primary purpose for this blog is to inform practitioners and participants in mediation, negotiations, other forms of alternative dispute resolution and risk management. I want to provide a mostly systematic overview of the full range of dispute resolution options: risk management or the avoidance and minimization of conflicts,… Continue reading My Purpose for blogging: Where to we go from here?