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Restorative Conferencing: What it is, why it works

July 18, 2018

By Phillip Schaedler In the 2014 – 15 school year there were 1300 expulsions from Michigan schools. Greater than 50% of those expulsions lasted more than 180 calendar days, over half the school year. Students who are expelled or suspended often struggle ...

So you think you know how best to converse?

July 18, 2018

By Erin Archerd As attorneys, negotiators, and mediators, leading conversations is what we do.  We think we know a lot, based on our training and experience, about how people talk with one another.  But, have we ever looked empirically at how conversations ...

Lights, camera, action: video is the way to go

July 18, 2018

• It’s predicted that 82 percent of all Internet traffic will be video by 2020. • When given the choice, four times more Internet users prefer to watch a video than read text. The picture is becoming increasingly clear: Internet users ...

Movie lifts spirits of those needing a legal pick-me-up

July 18, 2018

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief For political moderates and those who lean left, last week was not a time to rejoice at the news emanating from the nation’s highest court. Immigrants, labor unions, Muslims, voting rights proponents, and a general ...

Attention lawyers, your clients' use of emoji matters

July 18, 2018

By Traci R. Gentilozzi Emoji are all around us. You’ve seen them – those tiny (sometimes strange) pictures that people insert in their texts, emails and social media posts. People tend to use these images to reflect their emotions or feelings ...

Cannoli

July 18, 2018

We caught up with neighbors last night dining al fresco at a local Italian restaurant. After the meal, my friend had a hankering for cannoli, “with crushed pistachios at both ends.” “Al Fresco” is Sicilian for never sitting with your ...