Resolutions: A Podcast About Dispute Resolution and Prevention show

Resolutions: A Podcast About Dispute Resolution and Prevention

Summary: Resolutions is weekly podcast about all things Dispute Resolution. Hosted by a rotating cast of Section of Dispute Resolution members, the pocast consists of a series of conversations with professionals in the dispute resolution community about various topics of interest.

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 A Conversation With NAM Hearing Officer Judge DiBlasi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:56

Join the ABA and NAM(National Arbitration and Mediation)for an engaging conversation with Hon. John P. DiBlasi (Ret.), former presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and now a top-rated arbitrator/mediator at NAM on Maximizing the Benefits of Arbitration in the Aftermath of Mass Filings. ABA Resolution Podcast Host, Caroline Stauffer, covers Judge DiBlasi’s transition from the bench to becoming a highly regarded neutral. The Judge also shares his insights on the recent press attention about mass arbitration filings in the Employment and Consumer ADR arena. Thank you to NAM for being a sponsor of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 2021 Spring Conference. You can learn more about NAM at Interested in joining the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution? Learn more about our membership options at

 A Conversation About The Roles of Ombuds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:39

Welcome to a new bar year! In 2021-2022, we will be bringing you relevant, timely, and thought provoking content on a monthly basis. Don’t forget to follow and rate us to receive notifications when a new episode is out! On the first episode of the season, we focus on the role of ombuds. Ombuds/ombudsman are confidential, independent, and impartial conflict management professionals. Their roles and services are relatively unknown compared to other forms of dispute resolution. Caroline Stauffer speaks to Ken Skodacek, Chair of the ABA Ombuds Day Subcommittee, Kristie Hirschman, recently retired State of Iowa Ombudsman, and Kate Burkhart, Alaska State Ombudsman, to learn more about the recognition of Ombuds Day which will take place virtually on October 14, 2021. You can find more information at and register for the virtual event at Interested in joining the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution? Learn more about our membership options at

 A Conversation With Dr. Neal Lester of Project Humanities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:44

In this episode, our co-host, Kimberly sits down with Dr. Neal Lester of Project Humanities. Project Humanities is an Initiative with Arizona State University to bring individuals and communities to instill passion and knowledge of humanities study, research and humanist thought. Through the exploration of ideas and experiences, Project Humanities “facilities conversations across diverse communities to build understanding through talking, listening and connecting.” Thank you to Project Humanities for being a sponsor of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Mediation Week on October 18-22, 2021.

 Take 5: A Conversation About Mediation Strategies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:30

Resolution’s newest host, Caroline Stauffer, speaks with Anne Goyette, Arbitrator, Mediator, and principal of Griffiths Goyette about strategic approaches to mediation.

 A Career in ADR: Things To Know When Starting An Arbitration and Mediation Practice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:56

In this episode, co-host Kimberly A. Cook sits down with Tom Hanrahan (arbitrator and mediator with TP Hanrahan Dispute Solutions in Manhattan Beach, CA), Elizabeth “Betty” Morgan (arbitrator and mediator with The Morgan Law Firm in Philadelphia, PA), Theo Cheng (arbitrator and mediator with the ADR Office of Theo Cheng, in Princeton Junction, New Jersey), and Juile Walker, (arbitrator with Julie Walker and Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC in Denver, CO) to discuss everything from billing rates to marketing when starting an ADR career as an arbitrator or mediator. The guests, who have a range of experience as full-time ADR professionals, share their experiences and offer guidance for navigating a career in ADR.

 A Conversation on Data Security with Gary Doernhoefer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:26

Our guest today, Gary Doernhoefer, has thought about this issue from a number of angles. Gary is the founder of ADR Notable, a software platform designed for dispute resolution professionals. You can learn more about ADR Notable at One of the many dynamics magnified by the pandemic is the need to secure our data. We get a lot of it as neutrals, and we have to make sure it remains confidential and is safely discarded. For more on data security, visit Cybersecurity in International Arbitration, where you’ll find an excellent general checklist applicable to most ADR practitioners, and each section in the table of contents is clickable for more information. Thank you to ADR Notable for being a sponsor at the 2021 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference! Cybersecurity in International Arbitration

 Being Bold: Broadening the ADR Diversity and Inclusion Landscape | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:33

In this episode, we introduce you to one of our new hosts! Kimberly A Cook is a divorce and family mediator at Dovetail Conflict Resolution in Chicago, IL. Kimberly sits down with Mark Smalls of JAMS Mediation, Arbitration and ADR Services to discuss the broadening landscape of diversity, equity and inclusion in ADR as a result of the changes in technology and the social climate over the last year. Thank you to JAMS for being a sponsor at the 2021 Dispute Resolution Spring Conference!

 Deep Diving into Diversity with the AAA-ICDR: A Look Back to Understand the Path Forward | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:33

In this podcast celebrating the AAA-ICDR as sponsor of the Section’s Spring Conference, Ingeuneal Gray and Jeffrey Zaino anchor to the Conference’s theme, ADR in a New World. In candid dialogue, they speak on topics including concerns about lack of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the ADR field, definitions on diversity, and how arbitral institutions have led the charges for cognizable change in the practice. Jeffrey Z also spills the tea on the Jay-Z case and how bad press cannot (and will not) stymie the work of institutions to buttress party autonomy with optionality in the ADR process. As Lincoln once said, “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” Let’s continue forward: there’s more work to do. Ingeuneal Gray is Vice President in the Houston office and is reachable at Jeffrey Zaino is Vice President in the New York office and is reachable at Connect with Ingeuneal on LinkedIn at and Jeff at

 Barking Up The Right Tree: Pets in Mediation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:44

Anyone in the dispute resolution world knows the value of empowering parties and giving them a voice. But what if their voices are hard to understand—if, for example, they bark rather than speak? Karis Nafte knows all about this—she’s a credentialed mediator and an animal behaviorist who helps work with separating couples on the best solution for their pets. She joined Resolutions to explain how her practice came about and how it works. For more information on her practice, you can visit

 A Conference To Remember: The ABA Section Meets Virtually April 14-17 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:53

Our Section's annual conference is nearly upon us, and for the second time, the team has planned a blockbuster event that you can enjoy from anywhere. Jaya Sharma of the conference planning committee joined me to discuss why you can't miss this year's conference and what to expect. The conference begins this Wednesday, April 14th and runs through Saturday, April 17th. For more on the conference, please visit Registration closes on April 13th at 5 pm ET. You can reach Jaya at

 Building the Pipeline: Introducing the Section’s Student & Early Career Services Outreach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:39

In this episode, Rekha Rangachari sits down with Elliot Herland (Vice Chair of the Section's Membership Committee) and Kanika (Niki) Singh (the Section’s Student Liaison) to discuss a new avenue for student and practitioner members to increase their engagement, connection, networking, and mentorship with stakeholders through the Section. They discuss the impact of COVID-19 and how Section leadership pivoted to expand initiatives and provide the return on investment to the expanding group of new student members. Through (remote and hybrid) campus visits, Spring Conference access, and competitions, to be announced in more detail shortly, students and young practitioners gain a direct window into careers in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Tune in to learn more! For more information on Student & Early Career Services visit View Elliot Harland’s bio View Niki Singh’s bio Register for the Dispute Resolution Spring Conference here

 A Conversation About the 2021 DR Tech Pitch Series | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:57

Chris Draper of Trokt ( discusses the Dispute Resolution Section's Technology Committee's Tech Pitch Series where innovators can present new technology directed to advancing the practice of ADR. If you’re interested in pitching, fill out a form here

 Handling Conflict Constructively: The Week of Constructive Conflict | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:59

With all the conflict we face and try to resolve, what if we stopped and reconsidered how we approach conflict in the first place? That's a question that's been on the mind of Rabbi/Dr. Daniel Roth for quite some time. He's the founder and creator of the Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, which is taking place around the world on February 15-21, 2021. He is based in Israel and teaches at Bar-Ilan University and the Pardes Institute and is director of Mosaica, The Religious Peace Initiative. He spoke about his work and the origins of this unique conflict resolution commemoration. For more information, visit You can attend a live session observing the Week of Constructive Conflict Wednesday, February 17 at 1p Eastern on Zoom: visit

 Re-release: A New Approach to Law Enforcement Training in Dispute Resolution and Diversity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:27

In honor of Black History Month, enjoy this re-release of the March 10th episode with community activist, John Thompson. Community activist and candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, John Thompson, gives us a preview of his plenary presentation at the Dispute Resolution Spring Conference. Thompson will describe and demonstrate the training necessary to create a new relationship between communities of color and law enforcement. He will challenge conflict resolvers to look at our work through a different lens to identify the root problems and carve out the decay.

 Pathways to Mindfulness with Phyllis Morgan, Founder and Principal Consultant at Resilient at Work | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:55

In this episode, Phyllis Morgan discusses her journey in mindfulness with Rekha Rangachari and how delegates can apply these tools in their own lives. Focused on building resilience at work, from myriad vantage points from her career in the law, Phyllis shares a novel scale of evaluation she developed — Mindful Management of Self in Conflict Scale ( Phyllis also teases out how to create opportunities for one’s personal brand (including the mantra, “Be Courageous!”). Tune in to learn more. Contact Phyllis Morgan at and view her bio at


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