Conflict Resolution in the News


News in this unusual year

It hardly needs to be said that 2020 has been an unusual year! Throughout, my Crafting Solutions to Conflict podcast hasn’t missed a step — or, more precisely, a week. I have offered observations in host-on-mic episodes of 5 minutes or so. And I have hosted interesting and engaging guests who have shared their insights […]

Reconciliation Day, April 2

Advice columnist Ann Landers declared April 2 as Reconciliation Day for family and friends. Thirty years ago, a reader wrote in to the syndicated columnist and suggested that a day be set aside for family and friends to extend – and to accept – the olive branch of reconciliation on a day named Reconciliation Day. […]

Celebrate Conflict Resolution Day 2018!

Read more about Conflict Resolution Day on the Association for For Conflict Resolution website.  

Mediation is NOT arbitration

Arbitration has been getting some bad press lately. Plenty of it is deserved. But don’t tar mediation with the same brush!!   Mediation and arbitration are both alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes using neutrals (as we call ourselves.) But they have different approaches.   An arbitrator decides winners and losers. Most of the recent bad […]

WSJ on “Sibling Rivalry and Estate Planning”

Earlier this month, in the September 12-13 edition, the Wall Street Journal ran a “Wealth Advisor” article by Veronica Dagher. In “Sibling Rivalry and Estate Planning”, she highlighted some horror stories of siblings fighting after a parent’s death. Sometimes the dispute is over significant assets, but commonly the family can’t agree on who should have […]

“Bar Chat” interview about Mediation, ADR

On June 1, 2105, the Connecticut Bar Association published a new episode of “Bar Chat”, its series of interviews about issues of interest to bar association members.  That segment featured Peter Benner, a former chair of the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section, and me, a former co-chair. We were interviewed by Doug Brown, executive […]

New York Times article highlights value of Elder Mediation

The New York Times published a piece yesterday by Abby Ellin titled “Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent.” It appears in the Saturday Personal Business section in the print edition and the Your Money section of the digital edition, here. In the article, three sisters in their fifties describe how working […]

Kenneth Feinberg, 9/11, and estate planning

Though Kenneth Feinberg is thought of mainly as the man tapped, time and again, to administer victim compensation funds following high profile public events, he has a thing or two to say about estate planning. In the March 26, 2015 New York Times special supplement “Your Money”, Feinberg discusses lessons learned in “Money Admonitions From […]

“Correcting a Few Common Misconceptions: ADR can address more type of conflict than commonly believed”– published in Connecticut Law Tribune

Correcting a Few Common Misconceptions: ADR can address more types of conflict than is commonly believed Jane Beddall, The Connecticut Law Tribune December 15, 2014   Some attorneys—and clients—are sophisticated users of alternative dispute resolution who have mastered all the options and nuances. Beyond those two groups are attorneys and clients whose understanding of ADR […]

Mediation Need and Mediation Demand

We often hear about supply and demand in a variety of different contexts. Lately there has been more and more talk in the mediation world about the need and demand for mediation — and how different they seem to be. It’s easy to see that the need for mediation as an efficient and effective means […]

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