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FAQ: Why Does Mediation Work?

There are, of course, many theories on why mediation works. I mention one of them in my book, DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master. It could be that mediation aligns with the transtheoretical model (“TTM”) of behavioral modification. It could be that the process is intuitive and has a history dating…

201706.26
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Burnout

Too many demands, Not enough appreciation. Too many expectations, Not enough compassion. Too much drama over the tiniest issues and harsh punishments for small infractions. Disinterest in my world and my humanity. Oblivion where my needs are concerned, the stresses they add to, my hopes, and my dreams. I am but a vending machine, shaken…

201706.19
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FAQ: Are You Licensed in States Beyond New York?

No. Although I did my first year of law school at the University of Pittsburgh, sued a prior employer in Texas, and have supported my given and chosen family members through legal matters in Kentucky, I chose to focus on New York law, when I graduated from the State University of New York University at Buffalo…

201706.12
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FAQ: What is a Breach of Contract?

When a party to a contract “breaches” it, something that was supposed to happen didn’t. It’s basically a broken promise. The construction contractor building your home didn’t complete it on time or substituted materials you specifically rejected. Maybe you didn’t pay the amount you agreed upon. In an investment dispute, perhaps your financial advisor bought or sold stocks…

201706.05
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Seven Reasons to Pay People Who Perform Services for Your FOR-Profit Business

Some of my favorite leaders encourage people to volunteer their services when they are seeking a career change. There are still plenty of businesses that post unpaid internship positions that also fail to provide educational credit for the intern. These seem like great opportunities for the workers to build skills and experience they can list on…

201705.29
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FAQ: What is That Symbol on Your Business Card and Letterhead?

Our original logo was inspired by the “om” symbol. Om has different meanings to different people throughout the world, but there seems to be some agreement that it symbolizes the co-existence, if not oneness, of the individual and the universe. As a holistic, integrative law firm, we loved that the Third Ear Conflict Resolution mark reflected a…

201705.22
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Even Peacemakers Sometimes Cause Division

As I have increased my peacemaking work, I have had extraordinary opportunities to participate in meetings with people I admire and organizations I respect. These are people with greater experience and following than I have, if not also greater pedigree, intelligence, and other qualities we look for in leaders. It is both humbling and reassuring…