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,…

COVID-19: FINAL OFFER ARBITRATION IS ONE SOLUTION FOR LITIGANTS
202005.08
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COVID-19: FINAL OFFER ARBITRATION IS ONE SOLUTION FOR LITIGANTS

As state and federal court closures continue and pending civil trial dates vanish, arbitration, especially final offer arbitration, may emerge as an efficient, fair solution to a court backlog that is otherwise likely to increase massively. What are the advantages of final offer arbitration? Firstly, in this form of arbitration, the arbitrator’s discretion is limited…

ONLINE MEDIATION – MOST ESSENTIAL PRE-MEDIATION TIPS
202004.14
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ONLINE MEDIATION – MOST ESSENTIAL PRE-MEDIATION TIPS

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, mediation has quickly pivoted from an in-person event to one occurring primarily via video conferencing.  Although several video conferencing platforms exist, Zoom appears to be the most popular for now.  Video and online mediation does, however, present particular challenges for attorneys and mediators. In order to maximize settlement prospects with online…

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…

201806.06
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Employment Arbitration: Controversy Unleashed

BY GREGG BERTRAM COPYRIGHT 2018 It is no secret that arbitration has in general become a controversial alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process.  In recent years there have been many challenges to the validity and fairness of arbitration awards by litigants aggrieved by unfavorable arbitration results. Forced employment arbitration in particular has received heated criticism from…

201805.07
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Profile of the Month: Gregory L. Bertram

Gregg Bertram, M.A., J.D., LL.M. is one of the most experienced and successful mediators in the U.S. He is the founder and CEO of Pacific ADR Consulting, LLC, a Pacific Northwest mediation and arbitration service provider. In 2015, Attorney Gregg Bertram founded Pacific ADR Consulting, LLC, a Northwest mediation and arbitration service provider. Gregg and Pacific…