Who We Are
The Mediation Society is a non-profit organization based in Northern California that is composed of trained and experienced mediators who meet regularly to share information, develop mediation skills and techniques, and enjoy an atmosphere of fellowship among peers. To this end, the Society sponsors dinners, round tables and workshops in San Francisco featuring leading local, national and international speakers and subjects in the field of mediation. Membership in the Society and participation in its activities are intended to further the advancement of the practice of mediation, both locally and nationally, and to foster an appreciation for mediation as a valuable form of alternative dispute resolution.
USEFUL SCIENCE FOR ATTORNEYS AND MEDIATORS by David D. Stein, Esq.© Liaise® Mediated Solutions, LLC 2015
Many, many times, as a litigator and now as a mediator it is plainly obvious to me that scores of parties hurt their cases because they suffer from glossophobia, or fear of public speaking. Credible positions and worthy causes are undermined because the person who ultimately has to give voice to their cause is overwhelmed at the prospect and wilts in the witness chair, or around the mediation table.
What is more, you need not even talk to these people to absolutely know that they have a very small chance of just saying what they need to say to achieve their optimum result. No talking is required because their body language practically screams that they cannot and will not rise to the occasion. They have no chance. Their heads are down, their shoulders are rounded, their hands are folded or in a pocket. One look informs even a casual observer that this person is trying to become invisible and will grasp at almost any opportunity to avoid having to step into a spotlight and tell their story. I would not be surprised that this phenomenon is a meaningful factor in the classic “plaintiff’s cold-feet” scenario where a litigant folds and settles for less value then their matter merits just before trial.
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* David D. Stein has been an attorney for over 30 years, practicing mostly in the area of entertainment law, contract, copyright, trademark and publicity rights. In 2008 he became a full time neutral founding Liaise Divorce Solutions, a company dedicated to the concept of Marital Reorganization® for couples with children. Liaise provides divorcing couples a professional, peaceful, economic alternative to litigation. David and his wife of 33 years split their time between their homes in Piedmont and Incline Village.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
MCLE ROUNDTABLE: Rachel Ehrlich on How mediators can keep liability insurance company priorities from derailing settlement
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Celebrating Human Greatness with John O'Grady
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Mediation Society Dinner with Marvin Johnson