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A sensitivity to implicit bias, an awareness of our own emotions and judgments, and a facility for learning and conveying different meanings among the parties will serve us well.

Resolution of High Conflict Disputes

Looking behind the positions, there must be recognition by all parties of the concerns or interests of the other. Only then can there be an exploration of the underlying concerns.

Proposed Rule Changes for the Discovery Facilitator Program

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Recent Developments in Arbitrator Disclosure

Can counsel successfully vacate an arbitration award after finding negative undisclosed information about the arbitrator in an Internet search?

A Mediator’s Dilemma: Competing Interests in the Same Room

The plaintiff begged the mediator to “make” the attorney accept the offer, even though there would be little paid towards the attorney’s fees.

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