The sound of planes flying overhead evoked a deep memory in me. A shudder escaped my shoulders, and my body tensed up until the fighter jets passed. The sounds hadn’t come from the sky but rather from my television, and the fear these sounds awakened in me were from an earlier time, when I was nine years old and fleeing the Persian Gulf War as a refugee.
I was watching “The White...Read More
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” – Amos 5:24 NIV
What does it mean to live a moral life?
I have studied religion as a man of faith and as a civil rights attorney and advocate who has fought for religious freedom across the world. The United States isn’t perfect. We have much to improve upon. But the one thing we do well is...Read More
Prof. Michael Moffit, in last Friday’s Indisputably blog, posted a piece about a mediated settlement between former Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, and Talking Heads leader, David Byrne over the unauthorized use of the song “Road to Nowhere” in an election ad. He picked up on an April 12, 2011 post by Martha Neil in the ABA Journal.
The mediated settlement, although largely confidential,...Read More
“I want to make him pay,” said the defendant.
“Why?” I asked, “What makes you think that the plaintiff – the one claiming to be wronged here – needs to pay you rather than the other way around?”
“Because if I pay, that means he wins and I lose. I don’t like to lose,” the defendant says earnestly.
I take a deep breath, knowing what has to be said next. “But you admitted liability.”
At this time of year, everybody including myself writes paeans to the gratitude we’re supposed to feel during this holiday season. We opine that gratitude should not be a seasonal thing. All true, of course. But I want to remind all of us in the business of resolving conflict to be joyous in all that we give — and not just during the holidays.
For me, mediation acts as a conduit for my...Read More
Living and working in a diverse culture has its challenges. It gives us ample opportunity to work, interact, and live with people who speak very little English or none at all. This presents many challenges for mediators trying to communicate effectively with non-English speaking clients during mediation.
The 2010 U.S. Census data revealed that 27.8% of the population in California is...Read More