Playing The Blame Game

January 20, 2022By Bill RatliffUncategorized

It’s no way to go through life. Or mediations. The blame game is really no game at all. It is a life decision or choice we make with real, often damaging, consequences. And in an increasingly-acrimonious social climate, it’s practically become a national pastime. I vividly remember, growing up in a family of three boys, … Read More

The Role Of Emotions In Mediation

June 10, 2021By Bill RatliffUncategorized

  I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal that reminded me of the effect that emotions and moods can play in mediation. The title alone says a lot: “Good Moods Often Lead to Bad Judgments.” Written by three thought leaders on the topic (including a Princeton professor of psychology who’s also a … Read More

Mediation – The Swiss Army Knife of ADR

March 11, 2021By Bill RatliffUncategorized

(Thinking outside the litigation box) I recently read a post which explored creative uses for mediation. It’s a great reminder for business people and attorneys alike of the many and varied potential uses for mediation. In one of my earlier blog posts, I mentioned that I was once hired by a Fortune 500 company … Read More

Learning From The Challenges Of 2020

January 7, 2021By Bill RatliffUncategorized

Why I’m optimistic. Particularly for the future of mediation. By any standard, 2020 was a challenging year. It’s a year nearly all of us are glad to see in the proverbial rear-view mirror. At the same time, it could be argued that there is a positive aspect to the legacy of 2020 — because, on … Read More

Conducting Mediations During The Pandemic

August 6, 2020By Bill RatliffUncategorized

A few months ago I wrote a post entitled Mediating Cases Under The New (Ab)Normal. When I wrote it, I really had no idea what the New Normal would be. I’m not sure that I do, even now. What I can say with confidence, several months later, is that mediation can be effective no matter … Read More

Mediating Cases Under The New (Ab)Normal

April 2, 2020By Bill RatliffUncategorized

Hello and sincere best wishes, from my home and family to yours. I doubt any of us could have imagined, even two months ago, that our lives could be so radically affected by something as common to our experience as a flu virus. We are told that its effects will be long lasting, and I … Read More