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

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Diversity Articles

Diversity Articles


If a Crime is Admitted, What Then?

(7/31/20)Rich Smukler, Gabriela Szlak

If a person during a caucus session tells the mediator that he committed a crime which had nothing to do with the case in mediation, what does the mediator do?

Concerns: Credentialing and Bridging Gaps between Mediators of Color with Other Mediators

(7/28/20)Homer LaRue

Homer LaRue discusses his concerns of mediators not getting into the field because of the credentialing process, specifically persons of color not getting into the field, and bridging the gap between mediators of color and the "high-volume, high-quality case users".

Feedback, Hot Buttons, and White Fragility

(7/28/20)Lorraine Segal

Being open to difficult feedback, even about racism, can help you grow.

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: Africa

(7/27/20)Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour

Arbitral Community Mobilizes to Adapt to the COVID-19 Crisis through Increased Use of Electronic Proceedings

REACH the Three Components of Self-Determination

(7/25/20)Uma Ramanathan

Conflict is inherent and pulsating in every situation or aspect of life.

The AAA-ICDR Foundation and How to Apply for Current Grant Funding

(7/22/20)Bruce E. Meyerson

The Foundation’s 2020 funding cycle is intended to make contributions in two important areas: 1) making ADR processes more accessible and available; and 2) creating innovative ways to engage citizens in meaningful dialogue with one another and/or with government authorities, including the police, to address long-standing racial discrimination.

4th Key-Professionalism: Modernize the Culture Driving Legal Practice

(7/20/20)John Brand

This article discusses professionalism and the need to modernize our mediation culture.

Change Power is in the Process: When Listening is Not Enough

(7/17/20)Judy Rashid

Since the untimely and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, the response from many organizations, places of work, and corporations have been to hold listening sessions specifically for African Americans to “share their story” with their peers.

Recent Court ADA Case Review for Conflict Resolution Practitioners

(7/16/20)Heather Kennedy

This paper discusses the emphasis of Alternate Dispute Resolution in the field of ADA and Disability Discrimination and then provides a more detailed review of recent Title I and Title III cases.

Gender and Culture in Mediation

(7/15/20)Nina Meierding

Nina Meierding explains putting theory to practice regarding studies of gender and culture in mediation. She describes being sensitive and respectful of diverse thought processes and communication methods.

5th Key-Technology: Embrace and Integrate Relevant New Technologies

(7/15/20)Francois Bogacz, Jeremy Lack

Much ink has been spilled on the future of mediation, and how robots may someday take over from humans. However, mediation is not an empirical science that can be reduced to algorithms.

5th Key-Technology: Take Advantage of ODR’s Full Potential

(7/15/20)Jeremy Lack, Ana Gonçalves, Daniel Rainey

Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) is now universal, especially since the Coronavirus pandemic began.

Facing the Conflict

(7/10/20)Cinnie Noble

The notion that we have the ability to change someone (such as their personality, their needs, their values, their core beliefs, their deeply held views) is unrealistic.

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: North America

(6/22/20)Gregg Relyea, Kenneth Cloke

This article series includes viewpoints on the current state of conflict resolution from all 7 continents. This article focuses on North America.

To Prevent More George Floyd Tragedies, We Need Federal Peacemakers to Bring Communities and Law Enforcement Together

(6/22/20)Grande Lum, Grace Flores-Hughes

For decades, Community Relations Service mediators from the Department of Justice have been working with community leaders to address the mistreatment of black and brown people by law enforcement.

A Transformational Approach to Conflicts Between Police, Demonstrators, and Communities of Color

(6/20/20)Kenneth Cloke

Every officer learns to use violence and the martial arts. How many learn empathy, compassion, and emotional intelligence?

George Floyd: A Call to White Leadership

(6/20/20)Lenton Aikins

The purpose of this brief article is to respond to the article titled “George Floyd: What Leaders Need To Do Now,”published in Mediate.com and to offer some comments by a living black man whose paternal grandfather and grandmother were slaves.

Arbitration Conversation No. 4: Amy Interviews Prof. Benjamin Davis of University of Toledo College of Law

(6/17/20)Benjamin Davis, Amy Schmitz

In this episode Amy Schmitz interviews Ben Davis about diversity in arbitration, with a particular focus on the new Diversity and Inclusion Policy that was recently issued by ICCA (the International Council of Commercial Arbitration).

Online Dispute Resolution Pioneer Colin Rule Named Mediate.com CEO

(6/13/20)Mediate.com

Mediate.com announced today that Colin Rule has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim Melamed, the company’s co-founder and CEO for 25 years, is now chair of the board and general counsel.

Separation in Isolation

(6/12/20)Hadassah Fidler

The message is to socially distance ourselves from others. But what if it’s your partner you want to socially distance yourself from?

Constructive Conflict and Strategic Disruption: A Statement from Conflict Engagement Practitioners

(6/08/20)Susanne Terry, Bernard Mayer

Over the last week, a group of conflict engagement practitioners have created a statement of intent regarding racism. The idea started with Susanne Terry who, with Bernie Mayer and input from a number of other interested persons, created, "Constructive Conflict and Strategic Disruption: A Statement from Conflict Engagement Practitioners."

George Floyd: What Leaders Need To Do Now

(6/08/20)Lucia Kanter St. Amour

A neuroscience explanation of the reaction to the George Floyd tragedy; specific steps leaders need to take to affect change; and how mediators and facilitators can help in the process.

Cultural Sensitivity While Training

(6/01/20)Nina Meierding

Nina Meierding discusses her approach to mediation training in other countries. This involves being culturally sensitive, not imposing the Western model as it may not be useful for other cultures and their ways of problem-solving.

Bold Moves

(5/08/20)Christopher Sheesley

This was conflict resolution blasphemy.

Mediating Amidst a Crisis: Is Online Mediation a Solution for India?

(5/08/20)Sandhya Swaminathan, Kartikeya Singh

Dispute resolution mechanisms in India on the other hand, have not kept up with time and technology.

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