The Role of Outside Counsel 

Outside Counsel 

Legal spending by corporations will almost certainly continue to tighten in 2022.  The days of unlimited corporate legal budgets have been gone for some time, as companies have worked to rein in their legal spending in the face of skyrocketing costs.  These efforts have taken many forms. The key to many of the cost-cutting measures …

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NAM: National Arbitration and Mediation

NAM: National Arbitration and Mediation

  When people are seeking out alternative dispute resolution services in the United States, many will look straight to NAM: National Arbitration and Mediation.  NAM has regularly been recognized as the leading alternative dispute resolution provider in the United States has provided exceptional service for almost 30 years.  The services provided by NAM and the …

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Imbalance of Power: How Factoring in Power Works

Imbalance of Power

The factors that contribute to an imbalance of power are often hard to notice on a day-to-day basis, but over time they contribute to an unhealthy dynamic if they are not addressed.  Imbalances of power can be found in every relationship that we engage in as humans, from our most vulnerable and trusted relationships with …

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Father-Daughter Relationships After Divorce

father daughter relationship after divorce

Among the many other considerations that need to be made when parents are getting divorced, the father-daughter relationship after divorce will need to be considered when families with daughters are splitting up.  This relationship is one of the many relationships that can be strained during the family’s separation.  There are also risks from both sides …

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How to Find the Best Mediation Jobs Opportunities?

Mediation Jobs

Well, your classes are complete. You are a fully qualified mediator. Can you make a good living mediating?  Where can you even find a job as a mediator? What training do I need to be a mediator? Technically, you don’t need any training to be a mediator. If you have helped friends, family or even …

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What Does a Mediation Lawyer Do?

What Does a Mediation Lawyer Do?

What a mess. Recently, you were driving the middle car during a three-car accident.  Your car was totaled, you had to have leg surgery.  You have missed a lot of work and are way behind on many of your bills. You have been negotiating with all three insurance companies by yourself. You don’t think there …

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What is Capacity Building?

Capacity building

Capacity building is the process of evaluating a party’s ability to achieve their goals and solve issues that arise in their day-to-day operations.  Capacity building also evaluates the party’s ability to expand its operations and capacity to achieve more of its goals in the future.  Several broad types of capacity can be built as broad categories, …

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Value Conflicts Explained

Value Conflicts

What is a Value Conflict? Conflicts are an inherent part of social existence because we are in constant competition for resources.   We also are in conflict because we have different goals and different ideas about our place in society, what our rights, duties, and responsibilities to other people are, and what constitutes right, wrong, …

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Mastering Your Emotions in Conflict Resolution

Mastering Your Emotions

Chances are if you’ve participated in any form of dispute resolution, there has been a point where you or someone working with you has suggested that you master your emotions.  The suggestion is much easier said than done, as emotions are strong and can often feel overwhelming and uncontrollable.  And in many circumstances, feeling and …

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Game Theory, Negotiation, and the “Black Box”

Game Theory, Negotiation, and the "Black Box"

James F. Ring and some colleagues gave a fascinating talk at the recent ABA Dispute Resolution Section on Game Theory; Where it started was cutting a cake; Where it ended was cutting out the lawyers, at least by implication.

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