Columns

"The Art of Making Bread"

June 22, 2016

I have a friend who owns a bakery. He once told me that making bread is not so much a science as it is an art. He explained, with some frustration, “I can make it with the exact same ingredients, in the exact same way, but it will never turn out the ...

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: Why it matters during mediation

June 22, 2016

by Sheldon Stark Meditator and Arbitrator Consider the range of emotions parties sometimes experience as they become embroiled in litigation:  frustration, regret, self-doubt, aggravation, anger, bitterness, depression, anxiety, disappointment, vulnerability, ...

Why we need trust, how we build/ destroy it, part II: Trust Busters

June 22, 2016

by Antoinette Raheem (This is continued from last Friday’s Grand Rapids Legal News, in which the author  gave a number of reasons why trust is essential in ADR, and talked about trust- worthiness of “The Apology.”) TRUST BUSTERS     ...

Why we need trust and how we can build or destroy it, part I

June 22, 2016

by Antoinette Raheem TRUST IS ESSENTIAL IN ANY RESOLUTION I, and I know many other mediators, believe trust is essential in any negotiation or mediation. (In this article I will use the term negotiation to encompass both negotiation and mediation, since ...

"Mom and I Make a Green Pie"

June 22, 2016

When I experiment in the kitchen, there are two variables: whether the dish is successful, and if I can recreate the recipe. This leads to four possible outcomes. 1)  Tasty and replicable!    (best possible outcome)    ...

Nick Roumel's Day Off

June 22, 2016

It wasn’t Ferris Bueller at the Von Steuben Day parade, nor Tom Cruise rock ‘n’ rolling in his underwear. But it was my day off, and despite its pitfalls, I think I’ll make it an annual Leap Day tradition. The festivities started with ...