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  • Court Symposium
  • Diversity

    Concurrent Session C

    Thursday, April 03, 2014 1:30 PM - Thursday, April 03, 2014 2:30 PM


    C7 Breaking Through Culture & Language Barriers

    • Geetha Ravindra, International Monetary Fund ;
    • Daniel Yamshon, Daniel Yamshon, Esq.
    This session seeks to provide information on two important aspects of mediating cases with international parties. First, Daniel Yamshon will discuss conducting ADR processes and facilitation with interpreters in contexts of arbitration, mediation and group problem solving.  Next, Geetha Ravindra will discuss cultural issues that impact mediation of divorce cases involving families of Indian origin.  In addition, broader cultural issues that impact mediation more generally will also be described.

    Concurrent Session I

    Friday, April 04, 2014 2:30 PM - Friday, April 04, 2014 3:45 PM

    Orchid CD

    I7 Exploring the Crossroads of Diversity and Psychological Issues in Mediation and Negotiation

    • David Hoffman, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC ;
    • G. Daniel Bowling, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of CA ;
    • Homer La Rue, Howard University School of Law ;
    • Marvin Johnson, Center for ADR
    This interactive workshop will focus on diversity issues in mediation and negotiation, especially the impact of emotions and such psychological phenomena as cognitive biases on diversity issues. The presenters will describe four pathways that meet at the crossroads of diversity and psychology. The first pathway is the internal psychological awareness of the mediator or negotiator. The second is the psychological dynamic among the participants. The third is the diversity awareness of the mediator or negotiator. The final pathway is the diversity dynamic among the participants. The workshop will include short presentations, small group discussions, and skill-building exercises.