Inside Out: Friedman’s Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals

Over the past year, a group of professionals involved with divorcing couples (lawyers, mediators, therapists, and financial planners) met once a month in my office. Sitting in a circle, we talked about the cases in which we had become angry or frustrated with our clients or with another lawyer on the case. We shared times when we were fearful or confused and wanted to help but had no idea how ...read more

Collaborative Divorce Comes of Age in Portland

At long last, Collaborative Law is finding its legs in Portland. The number of professionals offering a non-adversarial option for divorcing couples is growing rapidly. There are an increasing number of lawyers, mental health professionals, child specialists, and financial planners specializing in collaborative law practice, including some of Portland’s most prominent family law a ...read more

Mindfulness in Law: Opening New Doors

Today, an increasing number of lawyers and mediators choose to receive meditation training in order to cultivate reflection and mindfulness. The demands and stress of conflict resolution are high. Reflective practices, which help professionals stop and replenish, are a welcome development. Also, gaining greater self-knowledge is essential to understanding and overcoming our biase ...read more

Mindfulness: Just the Next Trend?

Mindfulness and meditation are getting so much attention these days that some people are dismissing them as “just the next trend.” I too am not a fan of the commercialization of mindfulness. I don’t like to see people or organizations latching on to mindfulness and meditation just to market themselves. But as a lawyer-mediator who practices meditation, I suggest  ...read more