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Mediating Professor: Lawrence Kolin Guest Lectures
Mediating Professor: Lawrence Kolin Guest Lectures Last week, I had the privilege of teaching the Mediation Theory & Practice class of my UWWM colleague Brandon Peters at Florida A&M University College of Law. I was glad to find the students bright and eager to learn the practical side of our profess... Read More

ADR Section Presents 'Solutions in Seattle'
ADR Section Presents 'Solutions in Seattle' This week, Seattle hosts the 17th Annual Spring Conference of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. This year's theme, "Solutions in Seattle" will bring together hundreds of both new and well seasoned ADR practitioners, educators, service providers,... Read More

Teachers Worldwide Provide Advice to Prevent Lecture 'Letdown'
Teachers Worldwide Provide Advice to Prevent Lecture 'Letdown' This week, I learned about the professional bond shared by the international community of educators. After writing about my delivery of a lecture that felt “flat,” I invited my blog readers to provide advice about avoiding letdown after an exciting g... Read More

5 Tips for Strategic Negotiation
5 Tips for Strategic Negotiation Recently, I addressed members of the Florida Justice Association at its annual Workhorse Conference in Orlando, Fla. The presentation was titled “Deconstructing Mediation: Finding Leverage and Maintaining Tactical Advantage in Mediation.” The confere... Read More

Law School Class Feels a Little Flat After Exciting Speaker
Law School Class Feels a Little Flat After Exciting Speaker After last week’s incredible guest lecture by a veteran crisis negotiator from the Orlando Police Department, my lecture this week felt “flat” by comparison. The visiting detective truly was a tough act to follow. It’s not that the material we were c... Read More

Crisis Negotiator Mediation Students How to Redirect Unproductive Behaviors
Crisis Negotiator Mediation Students How to Redirect Unproductive Behaviors We had another guest speaker join us this week for class at Florida A&M University College of Law – a veteran detective for the Orlando Police Department who happens to be one of the agency’s most experienced crisis negotiators. My students and I sat... Read More

Mediating Professor: Psychological Aspects at Least as Important as Legal, Financial
Mediating Professor: Psychological Aspects at Least as Important as Legal, Financial This week, we had a guest speaker – a prominent clinical psychiatrist I happen to know. He delivered a fascinating lecture titled “Anxiety, Cognitive Distortions and the Impact on Mediation” to my class at Florida A&M University College of Law. ... A... Read More

Return to Civility: How to Communicate More Effectively in Today’s Professional Environment
Return to Civility: How to Communicate More Effectively in Today’s Professional Environment I recently had the great pleasure of joining Donna DeVaney Stockham, a principal with Stockham Law Group, and Michael Parker, a shareholder in the law firm of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, in a panel discussion titled “Return to Civility... Read More

Mediator/Professor Tries to Model Patience, Diplomacy for Students
Mediator/Professor Tries to Model Patience, Diplomacy for Students Last weekend, I attended a picnic sponsored by the law school. One of my students came over to the table where I was working and introduced me to her significant other. The young man told me that my student had been encouraging him to use some of the... Read More

Law School Exercise Challenges Stereotypes, Assumptions
Law School Exercise Challenges Stereotypes, Assumptions During our third week of class, I created a new exercise to help my students identify stereotypes and learn to refrain from prejudging other people. I asked the students to characterize the homes in which they were raised and to share one important f... Read More

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