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

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Diversity Articles

Diversity Articles


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.

UN Insolvency Work Finds Help with Mediation

(7/23/21)Mylene Chan

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law adopted a simplified insolvency regime that recommends mediation to resolve disputes between financial sector creditors and small debtors during its 54th Session.

Who Should You Call When in Conflict?

(7/21/21)Janet Chance

Conflict Coaching, Conflict Consulting, Counseling or Mediation, what is the difference?

What I Learned About Conflict from Cheetahs

(7/17/21)Cinnie Noble

In the middle of the desert and savannahs, and in big and small cities – far from home – it feels we are defined only by our presence in the moment.

Immigration and Conflict Resolution

(7/17/21)Yuli Martinez

This article examines this author's perspective on immigration from a conflict resolution perspective.

Things fall apart. How to respond?

(7/12/21)Ronald S. Kraybill

Like it or not, there’s no going back to the old ways of leading and managing.  We must expand the skill set of leaders at all levels. 

Definition of Transparent

(7/12/21)Kathleen Kauth

A successful leader will be able to strategically provide information to staff to help them fill in the blanks about changes occurring in the business world.  

Confirmation Bias: Something Mediators Need to Appreciate

(7/08/21)Charlie Young

As far as I can tell, much of the research on how neural functions affect mediation has been done in the last 20 years.

Mediation in the Field of Business and Human Rights

(7/08/21)Elise Groulx

Mediation in the field of business and human rights to help resolve a conflict between stakeholders/workers upstream a global supply chain and corporate actors in South East Asia with the full participation of civil society (NGOs national and international).

Insurrection, Demagoguery, and the Mediation of Political Conflicts

(7/06/21)Kenneth Cloke

Following the “insurrection,” “putsch,” or “attempted coup” in Washington D.C., on January 6, 2021, and the subsequent acquittal of President Trump on impeachment charges, we find ourselves facing extremely significant and difficult, yet very different political conflicts and challenges from those we faced before.

For Family Cases Involving Reports of Intimate Partner Violence, Shuttle and Videoconference Mediation Are Safe, Effective and Preferred by Parents

(7/06/21)Jennifer Shack

In a randomized controlled trial of family cases involving parents reporting high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV), parents felt safer in and were more satisfied with shuttle and videoconference mediation than litigation.

An Affirmative Higher Social Responsibility Duty to Serve Systemic Social Change through System Design

(7/06/21)Charles Crumpton

This article reflects on a panel discussion that took place on April 14, 2021, as part of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Virtual Spring Conference, titled "Dispute Resolution Pandemic Pivot: Systems Design for Socioeconomic Inequality issues.”

Do You Model Conflict Competence?

(7/02/21)Cinnie Noble

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.” ~Albert Einstein

Stress, Depression, and Heart Attacks: What Poor Management Does to Employee Health

(7/02/21)Katherine Graham

We know a toxic culture in the workplace is bad for morale, engagement, and performance. New research evidence suggests the human costs can be far more serious.

Battling Burnout: Mental Health and Self-Care in Mediation

(6/27/21)Lydia Ray, Jonathan Rodrigues

Individuals sinking in personal or professional problems may turn to a mediator; Businesses troubled with contractual and commercial disputes may appoint a mediator; Nation-states imploding in racial or communal tension may call on a mediator – and after all this giving, who does the Mediator call on in times of need?

How Bystanders Can Stop Gossip

(6/25/21)Lorraine Segal

Bystanders can stand up and stop workplace gossip.

Conflict in the Helping Professions

(6/25/21)Kathleen Kauth

There is often an assumption that someone who works in a helping profession such as healthcare, senior living, social worker, schools etc. are kind and generous people who completely live up to the mission and values that the organization promotes.

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