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

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Diversity Articles

Diversity Articles


Non-Directive Empathic Listening

(1/15/21)Gregorio Billikopf

In this paper I will share how I found out that the listening approach I have used for almost two decades was completely unique--based on a happy misunderstanding.

The End Game

(1/15/21)Scott Levin

Deciding to divorce is likely going to be the biggest decision of your life, bigger than even deciding to get married in the first place, and how you choose to proceed will make all the difference.

When the Cure is Worse Than the Disease: Civil liberties Under Attack

(12/28/20)Kathleen Kauth

As COVID concerns spread, conditioning from the media and celebrities talking about how everyone needed to comply with random, and often contradictory orders began to make the rounds of TV and social media.

Is My Bias Showing?

(12/27/20)Don Cripe

In his recent book, Online Courts and The Future of Justice, author Richard Susskind posits, “…litigants do not really want courts, judges, lawyers, rules of procedure, and the rest. More likely, they want not to have a problem at all."

Reflections on the last 525,600 minutes!

(12/22/20)Phyllis Pollack

This article looks at: What three things have I learned in the last 525,600 minutes?

How Simple Mediation Skills Can Bring Peace After The Election

(12/18/20)Kwame Christian

Regardless of who you supported during the 2020 election, it’s inevitable that you’ll hear, see, or experience the increased emotionality brought about by our current political climate, especially during the holiday season.

Navigating Cybersecurity in ADR

(12/18/20)Julian Granka Ferguson

Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems like hardware, software and data from cyber-threats and unauthorized access that can be designed to access, delete, or extort a user’s sensitive and personal data.

The 2020 Elections, Mediation, and the Political Divide -- What Next?

(12/14/20)Kenneth Cloke

Biden and Harris won the election, but what exactly did they win? What was lost in the process? And, as mediators and citizens, what do we do next?

Concepts that Can Help Practitioners Help Parties Make Decisions in Disputes

(12/11/20)John Lande

My main premise is that our dispute resolution community fundamentally is about helping people make decisions about processes, procedures, and issues in managing their conflicts.

The Importance of Flexibility, Creativity, and Being Prepared!

(12/11/20)Phyllis Pollack

Recently, I conducted two mediations that revealed the importance of flexibility, creativity, and being prepared.

Entrenched Views Make Resolution Tricky

(12/11/20)Kathleen Kauth

The word Entrenched calls to mind war zones with soldiers dug into trenches to protect themselves and still be able to fire upon the enemy.

Healing and Civility – What Mediation can Teach Us About Bridging Social Divides

(12/11/20)Thomas Wahlrab, Robert Baruch Bush

Even after the election results are finalized and the new President inaugurated, one thing will remain unresolved – the deep divide within the nation that the campaigns for the presidency confirmed.

Mediating with Cultural Competence

(12/07/20)Lisa Derr

Starting with ourselves is the first step to cultural competence.

Bridging the Gap Between Us

(12/07/20)Maria Shanks

Republicans and democrats have historically been divided by their strongly held belief systems. In the wake of recent events regarding racial injustice, many republicans and democratic lawmakers have attempted to come together to find common ground on the increasingly important social issue of racial injustice.

How Can American Democracy Survive its Latest Conflict?

(11/23/20)Sean Gander

The world is watching one of the most divisive periods in American history.

How to Bring Civility to Political Arguments

(11/12/20)Kwame Christian

Civility, respect, understanding, and the willingness to listen. These are core conversational virtues that are universally appreciated.

Do You Always Like You?

(11/06/20)Cinnie Noble

There are times many of us interact in ways we’re not very proud of.

Life After Divorce: Coping with Loneliness

(11/06/20)Leyla Balakhane

Many couples regard their relationship as a source of comfort, reassurance and identity.

Update on Remote Mediations and the Virtual Evolution of ADR

(10/30/20)Linda Singer

During past eight months, due to the coronavirus pandemic, mediators, lawyers and clients have experienced something once inconceivable: Almost all mediations have been conducted remotely.

Deescalating Verbal Attacks

(10/26/20)Patricia Porter

After 28 years of marriage, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear me say my husband I and get into arguments, at times.

An Academic Journal on Hispanic America Online Dispute Resolution

(10/26/20)Alberto Elisavetsky

The inaugural ODR journal: Opening Ways of Knowledge for Hispano America.

Mediators Green Pledge

(10/19/20)John Sturrock

Promoting the Mediators Green Pledge is now the purpose of a new WoMACC site. It seems to be one way to commit to our future. I invite you to sign up to the Green Pledge and to promote it to those you know and work with.

The Singapore Convention and the JAMS/SCMC Joint Mediation Panel

(10/16/20)Gary Birnberg, Ranse Howell

This article discusses new opportunities for cross-border mediation, collaboration and dialogue.

Mediating Conflict in the Time of Covid-19

(10/16/20)Vicki Assegued

This article addresses internal and external skills for mediators to use during this time of Covid-19, to raise awareness of internal biases, and shift those biases in order to skillfully mediate for our clients.

Envisioning Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for Internet Service Provider Outages

(10/15/20)Josh Srago

Before the pandemic, losing your internet connectivity was frustrating; now, losing connectivity can truly be detrimental to your health and safety. This article proposes a new model for redress where independent ombudspersons help consumers get fair redress for lost connections, enabling equitable outcomes and leveling the playing field.

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