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Early bird pricing will expire soon for the 24th Annual Southern California Mediation Association Conference on Saturday, November 3 at Pepperdine Law School.  The SCMA conference is co-sponsored by Pepperdine School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and is entitled, “The Working Mediator: Improving the Culture of Conflict” The daylong conference begins with a Keynote Address by Kenneth R. Feinberg, recipient of the 2012 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award.  As “America’s go-to guy in calculating life’s worth” and “America’s King Solomon” (Newsweek Magazine, 6/25/12), Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation’s most challenging and widely known disputes. He is best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. Feinberg was also recently hired […]

Here is an excerpt from former President Bill Clinton’s nominating speech at the Democratic convention last night, extolling the virtues of cooperation over constant conflict (The full transcript of the speech, as delivered, can be found here): [T]hough I often disagree with Republicans, I actually never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate our president and a lot of other Democrats. That would be impossible for me, because President Eisenhower sent federal troops to my home state to integrate Little Rock Central High School. President Eisenhower built the interstate highway system. When I was a governor, I worked with President Reagan in his White House on the first round of welfare reform and with […]

My prior post on this topic attempted to refute one of President Obama’s critics from the left, Thomas Frank, who is skeptical of the value of bi-partisanship. Critics on the right seem even more strongly attached to the notion of politics as struggle, rather than as an effort to reach accommodation. According to Ramesh Ponnuru, a writer for National Review, President Obama is kidding himself if he thinks that after winning re-election, the Republican Party is likely to become more cooperative than they have acted during his first term. If Obama wins re-election, the Republican Party will react by moving right, not left. It will become less likely to compromise with Obama, not more. Ponnuru reaches this conclusion based on the likelihood that President Obama […]