Monday, December 6, 2010

DC: foreclosure mediation

Washington, D.C. recently passed legislation requiring mediation prior to a home foreclosure, according to Benny Kass at the Washington Post.

According to the article, 23 states have enacted some form of mediation for foreclosure cases. The legislation requires lenders to send notice of default to the homeowner and a notice to participate in mediation. The mediation notice must contain the lender's contact information and contact information for a local housing counseling service. The legislation also requires the lender to provide a description of its loss-mitigation programs along with a loss-mitigation application.

Workplace confrontation

Here's a very interesting article from Jenna Goudreau at the Forbes blog. It's about handling conflict in the workplace. Here are some quotes:

In a workplace, you are standing in a field of conflict.
How you handle confrontation in the office may be as important as networking and technical skills.
And checkout the slides that accompany the article--they are very good.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Texas Association of Mediators Annual Conference

I am a board member for the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM) and its conference is right around the corner. Starting on February 25, 2011, TAM will hold its annual conference at the Crown Plaza Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information about the conference, please click here.

The conference keynote speakers are top-notch. They are:
I'm looking forward to seeing you in San Antonio in February!

I'm back

It has been a year since I've posted. As many of you know, I made a run for judge of a civil district court here in Dallas County, and unfortunately lost in the general election by roughly 2,800 votes of 407,000 cast. I did not feel that it was proper for me to continue blogging during the election year, so I ceased that activity.

I'm ready to start back up.

A lot has been happening in the world of mediation and conflict resolution, and even though I have not blogged about it, I have kept up. I am anxious to share news and updates with you and I hope you will continue to enjoy the posts.