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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Mediating Pro Se Prisoner Civil Rights Cases: Mediator Strategy

It is often said that effective mediators can mediate cases ranging from day-care center disputes to foreign affairs conflicts. Somewhere within that continuum of cases are conflicts brought by prisoners against prisons and other related entities. Oftentimes, the prisoners are representing themselves in these cases. The United States District Court for Eastern Michigan is currently […]

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PROS AND CONS OF RELYING ON INSTINCT AND INTUITION IN NEGOTIATION

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” Albert Einstein Numerous publications, recordings, seminars, and courses are devoted to the study of negotiation. Many of them profess to reveal secrets to the art of successful negotiation. Others approach negotiation as a science rather than an art. When all […]

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