Structured Negotiation Articles

Why a Dolphin?

My website just got a refresh and a dolphin swam into the header. Did I convert my law practice to an aquarium? Did I move to Miami? I did not. Many people think lawyers should act like sharks. I have chosen the dolphin instead. Dolphins collaborate and have good communication skills. That’s the kind of lawyer I try to be. Read more… Why a Dolphin?

West Valley College improves technology for students in Structured Negotiation

On August 26, 2020, the TRE Legal Practice announced a settlement with West Valley College that ensures blind students have access to critical educational technology, including immersive virtual language tools. Reached in Structured Negotiation without a lawsuit, among other things the agreement mandates that future procurement contracts must include provisions requiring technology vendors to deliver… Read more… West Valley College improves technology for students in Structured Negotiation

Structured Negotiation Book Turns Three. Gratitude Abounds

This month marks the three year anniversary of my book, Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. This post is about gratitude and memories. About the global and national interest in collaborative problem solving and digital inclusion. Although the official pub date for the book was in August 2016, the official book launch happened in… Read more… Structured Negotiation Book Turns Three. Gratitude Abounds

LGBTQ Activists, Their Lawyers, and Lyft Use Structured Negotiation to Improve Services

When persons who were gender-nonconforming or appearing in drag were not picked up by Lyft drivers in San Francisco, they turned to Structured Negotiation to improve the company’s policies and resolve their discrimination claims. This summer the advocacy strategy paid off — no lawsuit needed. At the end of July the claimants announced they had… Read more… LGBTQ Activists, Their Lawyers, and Lyft Use Structured Negotiation to Improve Services

Structured Negotiation Helps Washington Advocates Improve Jail Conditions

Congratulations to the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) project at Disability Right’s Washington. The group was recently honored for its work in improving conditions for inmates with mental illness and other cognitive disabilities in Yakima County Jail. AVID used Structured Negotiation to engage the County Jail and negotiate a settlement agreement. According to… Read more… Structured Negotiation Helps Washington Advocates Improve Jail Conditions

First Accessibility Agreement in U.S. to Use WCAG 2.1: Reached With Structured Negotiation

On November 2, 2018 Alameda County California, three blind residents, and the National Federation of the Blind announced a settlement designed to protect the rights of blind voters to participate fully in the county’s voting program. It is the first agreement in the United States to include WCAG 2.1 as the accessibility standard. The parties used Structured… Read more… First Accessibility Agreement in U.S. to Use WCAG 2.1: Reached With Structured Negotiation

Forget the Shark and Be a Dolphin Instead: Structured Negotiation Skills for Practitioners

The article posted here, written by Lainey Feingold, first appeared in the November 2018 issue of Just Resolutions, a publication of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. The November issue was organized by Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR). WIDR is a “committee of professionals within the Dispute Resolution Section committed to ensuring… Read more… Forget the Shark and Be a Dolphin Instead: Structured Negotiation Skills for Practitioners

Structured Negotiation Delivers Landmark Results in Portland Sidewalk Case

On June 5, the city of Portland, Oregon issued a press release with the title “Major milestone reached in making Portland’s streets and sidewalks more accessible.” The announcement was reached as a result of a sweeping settlement negotiated between the city and residents who use wheelchairs. Under the agreement, Portland will install and upgrade approximately 18,000 curb ramps over the next twelve years. The agreement was reached in Structured Negotiation. Read more… Structured Negotiation Delivers Landmark Results in Portland Sidewalk Case

Lawyers Need Soft Skills: A Book Review

Chapter 16 of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits is about traits like patience, trust, and optimism that lawyers need to resolve problems without litigation. I have now discovered Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer – a book that is like my Chapter 16 on steroids plus so much more. It should be mandatory reading for every lawyer, law student, law professor, and CLE provider. Read more… Lawyers Need Soft Skills: A Book Review