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Daniel Shure Simon

Saint Paul Mediation Attorney.

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  1. A Transformative Interpretation of a Personal Conflict

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, 10 months ago.

    In my latest blog post, I apply transformative theory to a conflict I recently had with a friend. (I described that conflict in my previous post).How you look at a conflict depends on what theory of conflict you subscribe to. Interest Theory assumes that conflict is about competi...

  2. Maybe It's not about the Money!

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, 11 months ago.

    When people are involved in a lawsuit, they often say, "it's not about the money." Lawyers often dismiss that sort of comment and assume that it really is about the money. Or sometimes they give their clients the bad news that the legal system usually can only help with money, so...

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  3. Autonomy? Mediation CAN Provide it

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, 12 months ago.

    Too often, mediators try to get parties to do stuff. Many mediators, who haven't had a sufficient mindset shift from the practice of law, don't grasp the importance of the parties genuinely being in control of the process. So mediation often does not live up to its potential. The...

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  4. What happens when a transformative mediator teams up with a prolem-solving mediator?

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, about 1 year ago.

    In my lastest blog entry, available here,I tell the story of a recent mediation I did with a co-mediator. It's often challenging for mediators to work together, especially if they're operating from different philosophies. The transformative philosophy places the highest value on ...

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  5. Can You Mediate with Evil?

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, about 1 year ago.

    My latest blog entry, available here,explores a few questions raised by a recent training participant. The questions have to do with how the transformative theory of conflict deals with the possibility of clients that are so evil, we might not want to consider them human. The bot...

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  6. Mom Agrees to Move to Dad's Neighborhood

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, about 1 year ago.

    My latest blog entry, which you can read here,tells the story of a parenting mediation that had a surprise ending. The story illustrates why it's helpful for mediators to abstain from guessing what direction the conversation might go. It's challenging, because mediators often get...

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  7. The Way Conflict Works

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, over 1 year ago.

    There are a variety of ways to look at conflict. The legal perspective sees conflict as a question of rights. Other professionals, such as many mediators, see conflict as a problem that needs to be solved. I prefer a third way of looking at conflict, the transformative perspectiv...

  8. Community Mediation Center Succeeds Through the Transformative Model

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, over 1 year ago.

    The Dayton Mediation Center has been very successful. Its coordinator, Michelle Zaremba, says the transformative approach is a big part of why they're successful. This blog post also includes vdieo of Michelle's presentation to the Dayton City Commission. The Commissioners unanim...

  9. The Globe's Next Top Model (of Mediation)

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, over 1 year ago.

    In the blog entry linked here,I describe how challenging it's been to embrace the transformative perspective. I explain that what used to seem like problems to overcome (the parties' anger and distrust) have become exactly the places where focused attention is the most important....

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  10. Video of Transformative Mediation Via Skype

    Written by attorney Daniel Simon, over 1 year ago.

    I recently had the pleasure of working with Giuseppe Leone and his Virtual Mediatlon Lab (VML) program. Giuseppe arranges the mediations and facilitates a feedback session afterward. It's a great way for mediators to practice their craft and learn from each other. The mediations...

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