Jasper Ozbirn

Jasper Ozbirn
Jasper L. Ozbirn received a LL.M. in Dispute Resolution with an Emphasis in Mediation from the Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law in May of 2011. He is presently an associate attorney with Citron & Citron in Santa Monica, California.

Generational Gaps in the Workplace

That I am writing this article tends to prove the thesis of this article—different generations have different goals and priorities regarding career, life, and workplace.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I border Generation X and Y, and identify with...

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Mediating Cross-Cultural Power Imbalances

Maintaining “Fairness” By Complying with Cultural Expectations Mediation is becoming increasingly prevalent as a method of settling disputes in the United States, as well as internationally. As such, the frequency of mediations that involve more than one...

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Unusual Attitude Recovery

Imagine yourself in a small airplane—not “small” as in a jet with 50 people, but small as in a private airplane with two seats, front and back, like a motorcycle with wings, just you and an instructor. Now imagine you lower the nose about 20 degrees...

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Status

Everyone is familiar with the status-symbol driven mentality—the nice car, the expensive jewelry, and the perfectly pressed suit and designer sunglasses. And, everyone has seen the other end of the spectrum—the homeless man or woman, groveling on the...

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Reasons Before Numbers

Negotiation – Give Reasons Before Numbers, or Let Someone Else Do It For You (aka Mediation) A basic principle in negotiation theory, if not the opening refrain, is “give your reasons before your numbers.” This is probably second only to,...

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Confidentiality in Mediation

“Mediation is confidential.” Many mediations, if not all, begin with this sentence. It is widely practiced for the parties, mediator, and attorneys to sign a confidentiality agreement before mediation commences. If one is not careful to read the fine print, he or she...

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Bargaining

How the Process Helps the Parties Feel the Deal Wasn’t So Bad In negotiation theory, it is a basic beginner’s rule not to start with your best offer, or your “bottom line.” When I first heard this, I wondered, “Why not?” I had...

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