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November 16, 2022
American Education Week 2022

November 13th – November 19th is American Education Week and certainly education is something to be celebrated. This year, that celebration includes recognizing how education in America has changed. Schooling of every level, from preschool to post graduate, has been affected by the lasting effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. It will be years before the sum total of these effects on professions that require highly educated talent to operate properly will be fully understood. Even before Covid, law schools saw decreasing numbers of first year students. For many perspective students, the debt load incurred in pursuing a law degree…

November 13th – November 19th is American Education Week and certainly education is something to be celebrated. This year, that celebration includes recognizing how education in America has changed. Schooling of every level, from preschool to post graduate, has been affected by the lasting effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. It will be years before the sum total of these effects on professions that require highly educated talent to operate properly will be fully understood.

Even before Covid, law schools saw decreasing numbers of first year students. For many perspective students, the debt load incurred in pursuing a law degree was enough to deter enrollment. However, the law school application process can be a determent in and of itself. Just this year the ABA proposed making the LSAT an optional assessment for admission, allowing schools more flexibility in their selection process.

The ABA Young Lawyers division has done well to create a national network of mentors, and recently even began a first generation initiative to support those brave students striving to be the first lawyers in their families. Also, the national conversation around the cost of higher education has prompted some colleges and universities to reexamine their tuition. These efforts will no doubt impact who gets to practice law. Remember, the true value of education is not a numerical one, rather it is a value that dictates the quality of America’s future professionals.

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November 9, 2022
The Advantages of Virtual ADR

High emotion cases, such as wrongful death, medical malpractice, or family disputes may be more challenging to negotiate remotely.  I have settled many cases the last two years over the Zoom video conferencing platform, including emotional cases involving highly personal issues, multiparty construction cases, and business disputes. A recent Daily Journal article looks at how virtual mediation has helped address the backlog of probate and trust cases, and how an April 2021 California Court ruling has impacted the mediation landscape. Read the article here.

High emotion cases, such as wrongful death, medical malpractice, or family disputes may be more challenging to negotiate remotely.  I have settled many cases the last two years over the Zoom video conferencing platform, including emotional cases involving highly personal issues, multiparty construction cases, and business disputes.

A recent Daily Journal article looks at how virtual mediation has helped address the backlog of probate and trust cases, and how an April 2021 California Court ruling has impacted the mediation landscape. Read the article here.

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October 1, 2021
Simplified Problem Solving

“Anne Goyette is unlike many mediators and arbitrators because she has spent much of her 23 years in the field working as a special master, either appointed by a judge or chosen by parties to take on management of complex litigation to assist the court.” On Friday, October 1 2021, Don DeBenedictis interviewed Anne Lawlor Goyette on handling special cases. View the full article here.

“Anne Goyette is unlike many mediators and arbitrators because she has spent much of her 23 years in the field working as a special master, either appointed by a judge or chosen by parties to take on management of complex litigation to assist the court.”

On Friday, October 1 2021, Don DeBenedictis interviewed Anne Lawlor Goyette on handling special cases. View the full article here.

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