Mikita Weaver

Mikita Weaver
Editor-in-Chief - Mikita is the Editor-in-Chief of ADR Times. She is also an attorney at Seastrom Seastrom & Tuttle focusing solely on Family Law . Before that, she worked predominantly in litigation and arbitration in the field of construction and business litigation insurance defense. She received her Juris Doctorate at Pepperdine and a Masters in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute. Mikita has been published in the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal and worked at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London. As an avid traveler, she continues to explore various dispute resolution issues and how they vary from region to region.

A Window to the Other Side – Part Two

  Part Two When trying to prevent conflict or deescalate conflict, it is often helpful to consider how language barriers—in this case between men and women—helped fuel the original conflict.  Only by understanding how men and women...

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A Window to the Other Side – Part One

Part One Studies show that different backgrounds (including culture, country of origin, native language, geographic region, age, and gender) create different interpretations of language.  Because all individuals have different backgrounds and...

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Dignity and Respect

  Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about “old people.”   As part of a younger generation, this may seem like an odd topic to reflect on, but I recently read the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck (a fellow West...

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What’s in Your Cup?

There is something soothing about sitting down and having a cup of your favorite beverage.  Nothing soothes the soul like a cup of tea when you are feeling stressed out; a cup of coffee as you peruse the morning news; a glass of wine to...

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ADR Mechanisms

Operating Within a Legal Framework to Facilitate Rule of Law While there is poverty, there will be violence. On a daily basis, the poor must combat illegal detention, forced labor and slavery, land seizures, police corruption, and gender violence. Foreign aid is...

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Conflicts in Family Law Disputes

The Attorney’s Role in Helping Clients Reach Settlement through Increased Conscious Communication Competence When conflicts occur between a husband and wife, there are many possible courses of action. The parties may accept the status quo and continue living...

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Lets Play the Blame Game

I occasionally pass the time sitting on the 405 freeway with Kanye West—my secret indulgence shall you say.  While listening to his latest album on the way home from a small claims mediation, one of his songs really struck me.  The song is titled “The Blame...

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Negotiations in Turkey

Istanbul is fascinating.  French poet and politician, Alphonse de Lamartine, said the following of Istanbul, “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”  While sailing on the Bosphorus Straight, the city skyline is filled...

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Learning from Riskin’s Model

Mediation is a unique way of resolving a dispute. While Arbitration and Litigation focus on a person authorizing or “handing down” a decision to resolve a conflict, negotiation and mediation are about parties coming together to resolve a dispute.  Unlike...

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Creativity and the Right-Brain

Ever since I can remember, I was making music.  As soon as I mastered the glockenspiel in Kindermusik, I soon moved on to the piano at the age of four. Although I still continue to play classical piano, I picked up the flute in middle-school marching band and...

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