Archive for June, 2009

Circle Conferencing: When You Listen, They Speak

By Laura Melton Tucker, June 26th, 2009

Imagine being 14 years old and getting into trouble for walloping the school bully. Add in some layers. You started the fight on school grounds. There were witnesses. The police were called. The other kid’s parents have filed an assault charge. It gets worse…

No Settlement Doesn’t Mean No Benefit

By Laura Melton Tucker, June 17th, 2009

At the end of each small claims mediation, but before our handshake across the table, I give an evaluation form to each participant to fill out. While they’re doing this, I write up the mediation agreement or dismissal. On this day, however, I sat doing nothing…

Confucius Says…Mediate!

By Laura Melton Tucker, June 9th, 2009

Here’s a statistic to chew on: There are more mediators in China, per person, than there are laywers, per person, in the United States. This contrast can be explained by different social, philosophical and historical influences in the two countries…

New Support Guidelines Strive for Fairness

By Laura Melton Tucker, June 2nd, 2009

A few weeks ago I joined over 100 lawyers and mediators from Eastern Iowa for a full day seminar to learn about the new State of Iowa Child Support Guidelines that will go into effect July 1, 2009. Guest speakers at the conference included Judge Anuradha Vaitheswaran…

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