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    The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation

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    The ABA Dispute Resolution Section Mediation Committee is pleased to announce our first monthly teleconference of 2015.  Please join us on March 19th for:

     

    The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation

     

    Mediators Gary Friedman (Mill Valley, CA) and Jack Himmelstein (New York) advocate a mediation model that completely rejects the use of private caucuses, which they criticize as allowing the mediator to “readily urge or manipulate the parties to the end he or she shapes.” In their book, Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding (ABA Book Publishing), they offer a series of case studies intended to show that their non-caucus “understanding-based” approach can produce better results for the parties—even in complex business disputes. On March 19, they will explain what they see as the problems with caucusing, describe their alternative approach, and answer your questions in a half-hour, informal interview-style teleconference.

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    About the Presenters

    Gary J. Friedman and Jack Himmelstein are the co-founders and co-directors of The Center for Understanding in Conflict / The Center for Mediation in Law — a non-profit educational institute dedicated to integrating meditative and mediative principles into the practice of law and the resolution of legal disputes in commercial, family, and other legal settings.  Since its founding in 1981, the Center has conducted introductory and advanced training programs offering its unique Understanding-based approach to conflict resolution. In the United States, more than 3,000 lawyers, law teachers, judges, and other professionals have been trained in this method. Among countless other venues, Center trainers have used the model in trainings at Harvard’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers, the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative, the American Bar Association, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

     

     

    About the monthly teleconference

    The Mediation Committee monthly teleconference is a member benefit allowing committee members to learn from and share with colleagues.  On some of these calls, we have presenters.  When we have no presenters, attendees will be encouraged to have an open discussion of mediation topics.  When possible, these will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and the calls are expected to last approximately one hour, with the presentations lasting approximately 30 minutes.  If you would like to be a presenter or have a topic you would like us to consider, please email Spencer Punnett at spunnett@earthlink.net.

    Event Details

    Format

    Teleconference

    Date

    Mar 19, 2015

    2015-03-19T12:00:00-04:00 2015-03-19T12:30:00-04:00 The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation

    The ABA Dispute Resolution Section Mediation Committee is pleased to announce our first monthly teleconference of 2015.  Please join us on March 19th for:

     

    The Case for a No-Caucus Approach to Mediation

     

    Mediators Gary Friedman (Mill Valley, CA) and Jack Himmelstein (New York) advocate a mediation model that completely rejects the use of private caucuses, which they criticize as allowing the mediator to “readily urge or manipulate the parties to the end he or she shapes.” In their book, Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding (ABA Book Publishing), they offer a series of case studies intended to show that their non-caucus “understanding-based” approach can produce better results for the parties—even in complex business disputes. On March 19, they will explain what they see as the problems with caucusing, describe their alternative approach, and answer your questions in a half-hour, informal interview-style teleconference.

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