It’s that time of year again–the start of the new academic year for primary and secondary school students. As I sat in traffic on Independence Square in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on the first day of school, I watched the crisp new blouses and shirts, blindingly white sneakers and heavy backpacks hustle by and wondered, again, if there were any tools in those backpacks...
On August 29, 2013, the litigation between 4,500 Plaintiffs, all retired professional football players, and the National Football League (NFL) in the United States, was settled at mediation for $765M. That just goes to show that no matter how complex your case seems, you shouldn’t be afraid to try mediation. Read more about this settlement here.
Hello all! I’m baaaaaacckk!! I hope you missed me because I really missed you! I didn’t intend to go off the grid after the last issue but when I realized that I had to leave you for a bit, I promised myself that I’d be back with a bang as soon as I could and so, here I am!When last we spoke, I told you...
On September 4, 2012, I started my Fellowship year at a gathering of all the 2012 Fellows at the JAMS Foundation, San Francisco, California. My Fellowship project took me to Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Washington D.C. and Miami. Though it was exhausting at times, I learnt about and got great experience with court-annexed mediation, the “multi-door courthouse”, child protection mediation and prisoner re-entry mediation.
A: Arbitration is rarely used outside of the commercial law arena in the Caribbean. However, it is part of the menu of dispute resolutions options for certain types of family law matters in Canada & Australia and there is a now an ongoing pilot project in England. Arbitration is less formal and costly than a trial but offers a binding result unlike mediation.
Children are always listening to, watching and modelling their parents’ behaviour–always! You might think that they are absorbed in that television programme or in colouring in their new activity book, but your words and actions are still very much on their radar. It is for this reason that the manner in which parents handle conflict between themselves is so critical.