Judy Gordon Mediation Services
2525 Golden Rain Road, Suite 9 Walnut Creek, CA 94595

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Phone: 925 938-2525


Diversity Articles

Diversity Articles


The Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Right to Bilingual Mediation

(9/08/21)Patrick Mastronardo

Providing Florida LEP Individuals Meaningful Access to Mediation: Bilingual Mediator Guidance on Standards of Conduct.

Mental Health First Aid Training May Make Our Community Happier and Healthier!

(9/08/21)Bruce Blitman, Cindy Wides

“Many people with mental illness are reluctant to seek help or know where to turn for care, while their friends and family members may struggle to know when and how to help,” said Dr. Rotenberg.

How Do You Define “Ethics?”

(9/07/21)Phyllis Pollack

"For centuries, we have shared common expectations of how we behave ethically in society, based largely on a mutual understanding of the reality in which our decisions play out. These underlying expectations have come to be guided by three pillars."

Who Wears the Pants in Your Family?

(9/07/21)Joy Rosenthal

So much has changed! When I was growing up, the expectation for middle-class marriages (which were always between women and men) was that it was the man’s job to earn enough money to support the family, and it was the woman’s job was to have children and to contribute to the economy by spending money.

[Podcast] Where Does the Insurance Industry Sit Now on Racial Issues?

(9/07/21)Rebekah Ratliff

In a recent episode of Insurance Business Talk, JAMS neutral Rebekah Ratliff speaks with host Paul Lucas on her experience as a Black woman in the insurance industry and where the industry is now in terms of issues relating to gender and race.

Making Ethical Decisions

(8/30/21)Phyllis Pollack

Despite the complexity of ethical issues, Ms. Liautaud has formula for making an ethical decision quite simple.

Vulnerability for the WIN!

(8/27/21)Lydia Ray

Vulnerability as quoted from THE vulnerability researcher Brene Brown “is not winning or losing, it’s having the courage to show up even when you can’t control the outcome”. 

Ireland’s Mediation Adventure – A practitioner flying on “mutinous winds”

(8/27/21)Sinéad Coneely

The Act represents a significant turning point for the Irish Civil Justice system and is very significant for mediation.

When the World is Too Much, How to Release Overwhelm with Resonance

(8/20/21)Sarah Peyton

What happens in our brains and bodies when life -- and conflict -- feels like too much for us?

[PODCAST] JAMS Foundation & Hands of Peace: Empowering American, Israeli & Palestinian Youth to Be Peacemakers, Agents of Change

(8/20/21)David Brandon

A podcast from JAMS featuring David Brandon of The JAMS Foundation and Gretchen Grad and Scott Rasmussen of Hands of Peace, discussing Hands of Peace’s work empowering American, Israeli and Palestinian youth to be agents of change in their communities.

Paths Forward for Online Mediation: Final Report of Online Mediation Training Task Force - Introduction

(8/17/21)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Mediate.com’s Online Mediation Training Task Force here presents our Final Report and Recommendations, along with our Committee recommendations and resources, with humility, knowing that the ideas contained herein are intended to stimulate additional and continuing consideration, discussion and research.

The Growth of Mediation in Nigeria

(8/12/21)Morenike Obi-Farinde

This paper seeks to draw upon the experiences of Nigeria as a growing mediation movement to serve as a blueprint for emerging mediation movements. 

Seeing the Future by Knowing the Past

(8/11/21)Michael Lang

As we gradually emerge from the dark cloud of the pandemic, conversations among mediators have shifted and we are now wondering whether we want to return to in person mediation, whether we will try a hybrid approach or whether we will continue to virtual mediation.

Vividness Bias: Real or Illusory?

(8/09/21)Phyllis Pollack

Harvard’s PONS defined vividness bias as “…the tendency to overweight the vivid and prestigious attributes of a decision, such as a salary or an employer’s status, and underweight less impressive issues, such as location or rapport with colleagues.”

Effective Online Mediation Training For Public Policy And Large Group Mediators

(8/05/21)Donna Silverberg

At the request of Mediate.com, a small group of US-based public policy and large group mediators/mediation trainers met online during the winter/spring of 2021 to consider best practices and ideas to enhance online training and practice. This report summarizes our ideas and recommendations for ourselves, our colleagues and Mediate.com.

Virtual Interpersonal Community Mediation: NAFCM Think Tank Report

(8/01/21)NAFCM

In November 2020, Mediate.com approached D.G. Mawn of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) to facilitate a national think tank regarding possible support Mediate.com may wish to consider which would strengthen and broaden the impact of community mediation through on-line access. The exact charge was: Develop best-practice recommendations for Mediate.com regarding their online services so they best support the field of community mediation to embrace and offer online mediation services and utilize and benefit from basic and ongoing online mediation training.

Peace Is Possible - a haiku

(7/30/21)Daniel Dana

This haiku discusses the power of simple and basic communication.

ADR is Not a Household Term

(7/30/21)Beth Graham

This Article confirms what many dispute resolution professionals have long feared – that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, such as mediation and arbitration, are still not well understood by the general public.

A Conversation About Whiteness and Mediation

(7/30/21)Jen Reynolds

FOI Alyson Carrel (Northwestern) and LCSW Jasmine Atwell (Loyola ‘JD22) recently discussed Sharon Press and Ellen Deason’s new article, “Mediation: Embedded Assumptions of Whiteness?.”

Fight, Flight, or Freeze....Conflict Responses are Very Personal

(7/30/21)Kathleen Kauth

How do you respond to conflict? It is very personal, and is based on millions of experiences that have shaped each person.

The Long Term Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children

(7/30/21)Natalie Maximets

Growing up is complicated enough on its own. Having parents' divorce can make it even harder. To avoid the psychological effects of divorce on children, parents should go through the process gracefully.

Sulha, Community Mediation ?

(7/27/21)Elahe Amani

“Once a wound has healed, it cannot bleed again.”

Mediation and Lawyers

(7/24/21)Oran Kaufman

A common question at my initial free consultation with clients is, “Will I need to have a lawyer?” or, “Am I going to have to hire a lawyer?”

Implicit Bias in Judging!

(7/24/21)Phyllis Pollack

Recently, I attended a Zoom presentation sponsored by the American Jewish Committee San Francisco entitled, “Judging Implicit Bias: The Role of Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision-making.”

Southern Maryland CMC’s Support Conversations on Race and Privilege

(7/23/21)Dusty and Vicky Rhoades, Dan Simon

Constructive dialogue is essential in our world today, and indeed, transformative. It has the ability to open our eyes to the pain of others as well as our own.

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