Michigan Lawyers Weekly has selected an outstanding group of attorneys and judges to this year's class of "Leaders in the Law" - and the honor is well deserved. Recipients of the award are selected based on their significant achievements in and contributions to the practice of law, leadership in improving our state's justice system, participation within the legal community and their communities at large, and the examples they set for other lawyers. This year's class will be honored at a luncheon celebration on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at the Detroit Marriott Troy.
We offer our congratulations to these fine lawyers and thank them for all they have done and continue to do!
During the past month I have had the good fortune to present to and learn from judges and business in a few different webinars and programs. These presentations underscored how an old idea coined approximately 30 years ago by Mark Galanter is still a goodie and gaining greater currency in the courts – “litigotiation.” With the evolution of judicial case management practices in state and federal courts, litigators would be well served to recognize this evolution and adapt accordingly.
Effective joint sessions just don’t happen by giving parties carte blanche to talk; like all other aspects of the mediation process preparation and planning are essential. Two of the fundamental purposes of the joint session are to persuasively impact the opposing party’s best alternative to a negotiated agreement (“BATNA”) and enhance the effectiveness of the discussions that will take place between the mediator and each party during subsequent private caucuses.
Successful Mediation Tips