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Patricia M. Porter- The USA show “Fairly Legal” is stirring up the mediation field. Whether you think it is a travesty of the professional mediation field, or the best thing that’s happened to mediation since the book Getting to Yes, the fact is this show is pushing our buttons. Let’s take a closer look at how this show is portraying mediators, what’s true, what isn’t, and what we wish were true.

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Tom Kosakowski- The annual ranking of the best law school ADR programs by US News & 
World Report was populated by familiar names. The only surprise for 2011 was Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law, which had not ranked in the top ten in the past few years, appearing at number six on the list.
The top ten ranking:
  1. Pepperdine University (Straus)
  2. Harvard University
  3. Hamline University

Read the full list [here]

Comments on the ABA Dispute Resolution Task Force Findings

Lisa Renee Pomerantz- In a prior article in the Suffolk Lawyer, I discussed the preliminary findings of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality as they were presented at the 2007 Annual Conference of ACR-GNY, the Greater New York Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution.   

At the Conference, several members of the audience raised questions about the wisdom of relying solely on in-house and outside counsel for feedback from users.  It appears that criticism was taken to heart, and the use of questionnaires and interviews was extended to the parties themselves.

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Brent L. Motchan- If you happened to read The New York Times today (March 24, 2011) nestled in the Business Section were two articles related to arbitration. One article was “Sheen Loses Bid to Block Arbitration” and the other was “Chief of American Apparel Faces 2nd Harassment Suit.” The Sheen article related to none other than the American icon, Charlie Sheen.

The news was that Judge Jacqueline A. Conner of Los Angeles Superior Court turned down a last-minute request for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked the dispute between Charlie Sheen, Warner Brothers and the producer, Chuck Lorre from being sent to arbitration by JAMS/Endispute. The request for arbitration was made by Warner, invoking what it said it believed to be a contractual right.

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Podcast Series Episode #19 Comments On The ABA Task Force/Mediator Quality

 Join host Jeff Thompson and mediator/attorney Lisa Pomerantz as they discuss the findings and recommendations of the ABA Dispute Resolution Task Force on Mediator Quality.  Lisa recently wrote a review and opinion article on the Task Force's findings [here].  Read the original article on the findings [here].

They also discuss other relevent topics including Lisa's opinion on how non-attorney mediators emphasis on 'communication.'

Jobs & Trainings

P/T Ombudsman, Medical College of Wisconsin

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium - July 21 through July 23, 2011

Director Of Policy

UNDP, NY - UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action

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