by Dr. Justin Wood, Th.D., CJME Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is a form of alternative dispute resolution with in the scope of   but less formal than, arbitration where one or both sides in a dispute seek the opinion of neutral third party to evaluate their case. ENE is typically an informal conference held early…

By: Dr. Justin Wood, Th.d, CJME Direct negotiation is a dispute resolution technique process at the beginning of the ADR spectrum. It is often a good starting point to see if a conflict can be resolved without needing to use mediation, arbitration or court litigation.  In direct negotiation, the parties may or may not be…

By: Dr. Justin Wood, Th.d, CJME A dispute may be ready for a binding ADR process at any time.  In certain business or consumer disputes, the parties may be bound by contract provisions that require the use of a binding ADR process like arbitration. State laws requiring a binding ADR process may also apply to…

By: Dr. Justin Wood, Th.d, CJME A mediator’s ultimate goal is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement to settle their dispute.  To reach this goal, the mediator may take on several roles throughout the ADR process. Some examples of roles a mediator might play include: Convener: Assist in contacting the various parties to…

By: Dr. Justin Wood, Th.d, CJME Yes, mediation and arbitration are different. While they are both forms of alternative dispute resolution and share the same goal of resolving your case outside of the litigation process, there is one very significant difference. A mediator does not have the authority to make a decision and rarely will…

Dr. Justin Wood, Th.d., CJME – Published as #3 and contributor on #4 in this Huffington Post of “20 Examples of How Showing Gratitude Helped a Business”. This is an iFrame, simply use the scroll up and down on the frame below to read all 20 posts.

By: Dr. Justin Wood, Th.d, CJME Alternative dispute resolution techniques may be used at various stages of a matter and even before anything makes its way to the court docket.  You do not have to wait for a matter to be filed in court to seek alternative dispute resolution techniques. Settlement is traditionally discussed at…

By Michelle Profit “The “Great Transfer”, over 30 trillion dollars in US wealth, is supposed to pass from baby boomers to their heirs in the coming decades, according to a study by the consulting firm Accenture. How contentious this transfer is, will be influenced by the ability of attorneys to draft wills that avoid litigation and…

By Ian Szlazak, Resolution House “There are many definitions of the mediation process. Perhaps one of the most accurate, certainly the simplest, is that it is “assisted negotiations”. Recognizing that this definition does not provide new participants with much guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for mediation, please consider the following guiding principles,…

By Jean Murray “You may see in the news that a conflict is being “taken to mediation.” For example, in a 2016 conflict between the National Parks Service and concessionaire Delaware North over naming rights at Yosemite National Park, the parties “have agreed to a mediation session.” So what does that mean? What is Mediation?  Mediation is…

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