April 2011 Blog Posts (24)


A divided Supreme Court held this week that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) that a states requirement of the availability of classwide arbitration interferes with the fundamental attributes of arbitration and thus creates a scheme inconsistent with the FAA. AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, No. 09-893, U.S. Supreme Court (April 27, 2011). The case was brought by a California couple who objected to a $30 charge for what was supposed to be a free cellphone. The agreement that they signed… Continue

Added by Brent L. Motchan on April 30, 2011 at 5:24pm — No Comments

The Entrepreneur Equation (Carol Roth)

(Originally Posted at Absolution Mediation)

Let me give you two scenarios:

1. It's about two hours after lunch and you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror.  You notice you have food wedged into your front teeth, and you just got out of an important meeting, and no one said anything!  You feel embarrassed that you were walking around like that, but kind of glad no one…


Added by Jason Dykstra on April 30, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Recruiting Volunteer Soliya Facilitators for Basic and Advanced Trainings!!! New Deadline May 5th

Hello everyone!


Soliya, a non-profit organization using a custom-made web-conferencing application to facilitate dialogue between students from diverse backgrounds across the globe, is now recruiting skilled volunteers to facilitate its Connect Program for the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters!


As always our volunteer facilitation position includes a free-of-charge online facilitation and conflict resolution training. We have also made some exciting…


Added by Deena Ramadan on April 28, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Stress Reduction using Emotional Freedom Technique at Work or Home


The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an acupuncture technique involving a tapping process used to reduce negative emotions as associated with conflict and tension. Listen to the show as Brady Mikusko teaches the technique and then walks me through the process. It is very simple, takes a couple of minutes, and is very powerful. You can also watch the technique at this…


Added by Patricia M Porter on April 26, 2011 at 10:41pm — No Comments

What's Happening 04.26.11


Petra H. Maxwell- Late last fall, New York became the last state in the nation to offer…


Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on April 26, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

The "New" NY Divorce Law: What it is and How it Impacts Your Decision to Mediate

Late last fall, New York became the last state in the nation to offer something akin to ‘no-fault’ divorce. After years and years of debate, a few new provisions were added to the NY State Domestic Relations Statute that impacts the grounds by which you can get a divorce, the payment of fees to get a divorce, and the provision of maintenance (or alimony) for the lesser earning spouse while the divorce is being negotiated.   I am asked all the time about what the new law entails, whether…


Added by Petra H Maxwell, Esq. on April 23, 2011 at 11:14am — 1 Comment

Interfaith Mediation

My two main job professions is working in mediation/conflict resolution and law enforcement. One of my primary tasks working as a Detective in the NYPD is doing interfaith work the many different religious groups in New York City.
Something I have long been working to do in this capacity is bring together the mediation community and the interfaith community together as both sides can work…

Added by Jeff Thompson on April 22, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Call for Submissions From Students & Practitioners: Conflict Resolution Symposium at Georgia State

The GSU Office of the Ombudsperson will be hosting its first annual Conflict Resolution Symposium on October 27, 2011. The symposium is designed to celebrate the Association for Conflict Resolution's annual Conflict Resolution Day. Symposium attendees and presenters will be undergraduate and graduate students, as well as local Conflict Resolution practitioners.  Organizers are seeking submissions for conference presentations…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on April 20, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

What's Happening 04.19.11

ADRHub.com April Webinar

Mediation Of Mortgage Disputes: Trends & Opportunities

Join Mike Thompson, Executive director of…


Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on April 19, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Maryland School District is Hiring its First Ombuds

Prince George's County Public Schools Hiring First Ombuds

Prince George's County Public Schools is hiring its first Ombudsman. According to the job description, the main function of the full-time Ombuds, "is to provide confidential and informal assistance to the public." In addition, the Ombuds, "will develop and monitor a neutral process for parent and…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on April 18, 2011 at 3:40pm — No Comments

International Ombudsman Association Adds Content to Public Website

The professional association for Organizational Ombuds rebooted its online portal last week and the result is a richer and more dynamic offering for members, aspiring Ombuds and the general public. The new webpage features a video montage of Organizational Ombuds offering greetings in several language including French, Spanish, Bengali and American Sign Language. For the first time, the IOA Code of Ethics and Standards of…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on April 18, 2011 at 3:38pm — No Comments

The Brain Science Behind Conflict Resolution - Tuesday, 4/19 at 8:00 pmEST

The Texas Conflict Coach Blog Talk Radio will have guest, Anna Tyrell speak about the Brain Science Behind Conflict Resolution. Join us in the comfort of your own home at 7 pm CST/ 8 pm EST on Tuesday, 4/19


Leave your comments or share the show with others when you click on the link above.



Added by Patricia M Porter on April 17, 2011 at 6:51pm — No Comments

ADRhub Podcast Series #20- Twitter Tips With Jason Dykstra

Episode #20

Twitter Tips With Jason Dykstra


Join host Jeff Thompson and mediator Jason Dykstra as the discuss Twitter.  Learn from them their experiences as…


Added by ADRhub Podcast on April 16, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

JAMS gives Warren Knight Award to Pasadena's Western Justice Center

Pasadena, Calif. – The JAMS Foundation’s Third Annual Warren Knight Award will be presented to the Western Justice Center Foundation, along with a $25,000 grant. The award recognizes WJC for its Alternative Dispute Resolution programs, including efforts to teach peer mediation skills, assist police community mediation and support conflict resolution trainings. The WJC will receive its award at the ABA Dispute Resolution Conference in Denver, Colo. on April 15 during the Friday Awards…


Added by Kevin Aschenbrenner on April 15, 2011 at 4:39pm — No Comments

If All You Have Is A Hammer, All You WIll See Are Nails!

(Originally posted at www.EnjoyMediation.com  Follow me on Twitter: @mediatorjeff & @NonverbalPhD)

If you are not aware of…


Added by Jeff Thompson on April 12, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

whats Happening 04.12.11

From Featured Blogger Jason Dykstra

Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on April 12, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments


Carol Whitworth signed a Sales Manager Employment Contract (“Employment Contract”) with McBride & Son on June 30, 2005.  The Employment Contract had a binding arbitration clause but did not describe the procedures or guidelines for arbitration.  The Employment Contract was also signed by the employer.  About one week later Whitworth was asked to complete an application for employment (“Application”).  The Application which was signed by Whitworth, but not by the employer, also contained…


Added by Brent L. Motchan on April 9, 2011 at 7:35am — No Comments

The Art Of Shutting Up

(Originally posted at Absolution Mediation

So I have an idea…it’s not a new idea, but it is one that will help you learn more about people, glean more information about them, and to get them talking. You ready for it? Here it is…

Shut up!

Yes…that’s right…I want you to shut up. There are a couple of reasons for this strategy (yes I just called… Continue

Added by Jason Dykstra on April 8, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Biased Mediator

(Originally posted at Absolution Mediation)

The Weight Scale

If you've heard about mediators you have probably been told that they do not have biases.  According to Dictionary.com a bias is;

"to cause partiality or favortism in (a person); influence, especially unfairly."
Many mediators will say that… Continue

Added by Jason Dykstra on April 6, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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