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An unlikely case that turned into a 'deadly' switch

October 18, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief Laughs have been in short supply of late, due in large part to a series of natural disasters followed by a shooting rampage that may have given even the staunchest 2nd Amendment defenders pause for reflection. Those ...

Canned goods in bomb shelters

October 18, 2017

I recently made some tacos with canned refried black beans. The beans tasted a little off, so I spiced them up with onions, jalapenos, ghost peppers and hot sauce to make them palatable. Curious, I glanced at the bottom of the can and it read “12SEPT10.” ...

TV documentary brings long ago war into focus

October 18, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief For much of the past week, while many have been alarmed by rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, others have been riveted by a history lesson being played out on PBS in a 10-part documentary directed by Ken ...

Mediator neutrality: defined by example

October 18, 2017

By Edmund J. Sikorski Jr. In the world of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) third party mediators are required and admonished to be neutral and impartial, but few articles specifically discuss the requirements and very few give practical working examples. ...

Lessons Learned from Engaging in Positive Difficult Conversations - Effective Mediation Advocacy

October 18, 2017

By:  Richard L. Hurford With increasing frequency (oftentimes during a mediation) we hear the refrains:  “There are just some people I can’t talk to” or “They just don’t listen to reason.”  The polarization ...

How to get the most out of Friend of the Court

October 18, 2017

By Marie E. Matyjaszek Every Friend of the Court (FOC) is a little different, but overall the mission is the same – to look out for the best interests of the children in the court system. I’m going to give some pointers on how you can get the most ...