Microaggressions in ADR: It is What It Is

Writing articles on ADR is considered as one of the many opportunities for imparting information on specific ADR subjects, expanding tool kits for effective ADR performance, and embellishing one’s ADR career. Recently, in reviewing potential topics for an article, the writer entertained the idea of either writing a provocative article about the pros and cons […]

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VIDEO CONFERENCING AND NARRATIVE WITNESS STATEMENTS IN COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

As an Arbitrator, I have long encouraged the use of Narrative or Written Witness Statements as a vehicle for introducing the direct testimony of witnesses under the control of a party at the Arbitration Hearing. Responding to feedback from counsel, I eventually developed a formal Protocol, essentially an instruction manual, standardizing the process. I even […]

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ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: YOU CAN DO THIS!

Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) may refer to any form of alternative dispute resolution conducted with the aid of a computer. Two in particular, mediation and arbitration, are proceeded by a variety of adjectives: Remote; Virtual; Cloud; Videoconference; etc. Here, ODR will refer specifically to mediations and arbitrations conducted by videoconference without actual face-to-face, in-person meetings. […]

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Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Virtual World Updated

Well before the current pandemic crisis, I wrote an article entitled “Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Virtual World” published June 26, 2019 in the Detroit Legal News and reprinted with permission on the PREMI website (www.premiadr.com). Little did I know at the time it was written how prophetic this article was in light of what […]

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The Role of Restorative Practices in Effectively Addressing Gender Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace by Laura A. Athens, Attorney and Mediator PLC

Introduction Numerous federal and state laws prohibit gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state anti-discrimination statutes, an employer must not impose adverse employment actions or otherwise discriminate against individuals based on gender. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act prohibits gender discrimination in […]

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