PACIFIC ADR MEDIATORS DO WHAT OTHERS DO NOT DO
202006.30
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PACIFIC ADR MEDIATORS DO WHAT OTHERS DO NOT DO

Over many years we have learned that selecting a mediator is not a rational process.  Instead, it is an entirely subjective process influenced by such irrational elements as rumor, hunch and gamesmanship.  Even a record of consistently excellent performance often takes a backseat to the aforementioned trio.  However, at Pacific ADR we recruit attorney/mediators who…

WHEN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS MOVE ONLINE,  DOES ETIQUETTE STILL MATTER?
202005.14
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WHEN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS MOVE ONLINE, DOES ETIQUETTE STILL MATTER?

The legal profession has always been rooted in tradition, but because of the current state of social distancing, online video communication is upending old norms. This in turn, is propelling the implementation of new norms, and new etiquette for online video communications. In the legal profession decorum matters. Judges dress in black robes, while lawyers,…

50% REDUCED FEE. 100% PERFORMANCE!
202003.31
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50% REDUCED FEE. 100% PERFORMANCE!

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Pacific ADR is pleased to announce the launch of our Online Dispute Resolution services, along with reduced mediation fees for cases set between April 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020. Our Online Dispute Resolution services and reduced mediation fee structures are intended to ease the burden related to costs of ongoing litigation. We know that…

THE INTERSECTION OF TIME AND MEDIATION
201911.21
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THE INTERSECTION OF TIME AND MEDIATION

BY GREGG BERTRAM COPYRIGHT 2019 Time and mediation have always been conjoined.  The natural relationship between mediation and time is one that deserves acute attention by parties and their attorneys but, instead, is often ignored.  Mediators too must be sensitive to time in order to serve the mediation process most effectively. For parties and their…

Report from Salzburg: The 3rd CILS International Mediation Symposium
201908.20
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Report from Salzburg: The 3rd CILS International Mediation Symposium

BY GREGG BERTRAM Every other year the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), a non -profit entity based in Salzburg, Austria, hosts an international Mediation Symposium.  This event brings together attorneys, judges and academics from around the world to discuss all aspects of mediation, including efforts to introduce mediation to cultures unfamiliar with this ADR…

Breaking the Deadlock with Med/Arb
201905.13
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Breaking the Deadlock with Med/Arb

Med/Arb is seen by some attorneys as a last resort, and others as a best practice. Here’s what you need to know before giving your clients advice on using this controversial alternative dispute resolution model. By Gregg Bertram ©2019 When you’re entering alternative dispute resolution, you want the best possible outcome for your clients. Mediation…

Issaquah School District’s looming strike is a teaching moment about arbitration language in employment contracts
201901.18
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Issaquah School District’s looming strike is a teaching moment about arbitration language in employment contracts

©2019 Troy Hunter, Pacific ADR mediator/arbitrator and an attorney in Issaquah who has two granddaughters in local schools, is closely watching the strike authorized earlier this week by the unions representing office professionals and paraeducators working in the Issaquah School District. “Collective bargaining agreements, like the one the administrative and paraprofessional employees of the Issaquah…