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New Resources on

Just Court ADR, July 18th, 2011

Here is a list of the new, abstracted resources that have been added to, RSI’s national resource center, in the past few weeks. These are just a few of the over 4,000 resources available on We are always looking to expand our collection – if you know of any new research, programs, legislation, videos, or other resources, please let us know! (more…)

Hopes Becoming Reality: Law School Training Is Making Better ADR Advocates

Susan M. Yates, October 20th, 2010

How many of us in the mediation field have said that educating people about alternative approaches to dispute resolution is essential to changing the way that conflicts are addressed? For those of us who work in court ADR, the continuing development of law school ADR coursework in particular is a cause for optimism that the practice of law increasingly will encompass skilled use of ADR.

In a recent pro bono case I mediated, I had an experience that affirmed this belief. The defendants were represented by a skilled, young volunteer lawyer who was an able advocate for his client in mediation. He asked good questions of the other side, was dogged but gracious in pursuing his clients’ interests, and took a constructive, problem-solving approach. After the mediation, he asked opposing counsel and me about how this case relates to others of this type, as this had been his first one in this area. He said that he had taken a mediation course in law school and had mediated actual court cases through the clinic, so he felt prepared for the process, but wanted to learn more about this particular application.

Isn’t this what we have been hoping would happen? Law school mediation training is preparing strong, capable advocates in mediation.

Video Games and Learning to Mediate

Susan M. Yates, May 4th, 2010

Many years ago a colleague described learning to mediate as being like trying to watch two different TV screens with different shows on them, and learning to meld them into one. On one screen was the story and facts of the case itself and on the other was the mediation process and all its related skills and strategies. The trick was to learn how to braid the two aspects into one flowing mediation. For a long time I liked and used that metaphor when talking with new mediators.

This weekend, I had an experience that replaced, or at least augmented, the TV metaphor. My teenage son tried to teach me to play one of his online video games. (more…)

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