Don’t believe everything you think. 

Don’t believe everything you think. 

It’s hard to keep an open mind. We ask jurors to do it. We ask the parties in mediation to do it. But how does it work?  When lawyers want to win, we think “what would the other side say to defeat my argument?” If we can articulate our opponents’ best case, we are...
APRIL IS PROFESSIONALISM MONTH

APRIL IS PROFESSIONALISM MONTH

All members of the Virginia bar are aware of their duties to the profession. And, in my experience, they perform them admirably! In mediation, the context changes and calls for some subtle adjustments. Before the mediation begins, the attorney and client need to think...
Are Courts Accessible?

Are Courts Accessible?

Do we have a great court system in America? Yes. Could we make it better? Yes. Society changes; it is challenging for institutions to meet changes while preserving their strength.  Tradition and dignity are strengths of the court system. Stuffiness and impracticality...

Divorce- An Adjustment of Heart and Mind

Being with couples in a divorce mediation has been a rich experience for me. As a Judge, I saw so little of the people themselves. Only the admissible evidence and the legal arguments came before me in the formality of the courtroom.  In a mediation, I see two people...