SPEAKING & TRAINING

Moderator, "Can We Talk?: Conversations Between Litigators and Mediators on Improving Client Outcomes," Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 8:30 a.m., June 14, 2018, Ocean City, MD

RECENT EVENTS

Panelist, 2018 Employment Law Institute, Maryland State Bar Association, April 18, 2018, Columbia, MD. 

Panelist, ADR Program Managers Conference, the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence, Maryland Judiciary, February 2, 2018, Annapolis, MD. 

Speaker, 2017 Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, New York, NY (presenting "Islamic Identity Conflict: The Symbiotic Sectarianism of Sunni and Shia as Seen Through Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions").

Moderator, "The Differing Roles of the Bench and Bar in Settlement," Bench-Bar Section, Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore, MD.

WRITINGS

Sifting through Mediators to Find a Gem, a three-part series published in the Maryland Daily Record, February - March 2018. This page opens a new window.

 

Creating Safe Spaces That Foster Trust & Empathy: Comparing Facilitated Police - Community Dialogue Programs, published in the September 2017 edition of ACResolutions Magazine. Special thanks to Professor Peter Robinson at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School for giving me the idea to survey police-community dialogue programs around the country and distilling them down to their core elements. 

It's Time for "Mediation" in Maryland to Simplify and Move Forward: In Maryland , mediators are supposed avoid being "evaluative" in court-referred cases.  In this piece, I argue in favor of having mediators use all available tools and processes available to them to help parties accomplish their goals - which usually is to settle the dispute (although not always). The article appears in the Maryland State Bar Association ADR Report. This link opens a new window.

Asbestos:  Case Management in Local Courts & Comparable Data: Still crazy after decades of litigation . . . what can state courts do to better manage these complex cases? Can comparable case valuations help? This article will appear in a future edition of the University of Baltimore's Law Review (Summer 2018). 

Early Dispute ResolutionAlthough settlements are highly likely to occur in litigated disputes, they are often delayed because lawyers seem to trust trial events more than negotiation. Whether settlements can be achieved in less time without sacrificing good results may depend more on emotional fortitude and less on empirical data. This article will help lawyers and their clients understand what is meant by “early” dispute resolution and how they can break free from what University of Missouri School of Law Professor John Lande calls the “prison of fear.” The article also borrows from the work of social change agents Chip and Dan Heath to illustrate the need for more motivation, not data, if clients want to save money and prevent bad outcomes more frequently and consistently.

The short article was published in the Maryland State Bar Bulletin.

Read the full text of Motivating Lawyers Toward Early ADR here (opens new window here):