You know the law ... but how's your practice know-how?

You know the law … but how’s your practice know-how?

Last month, I heard from a lawyer and law professor. He had written an article for publication on the blog of the Washington State Bar Association, and he wondered if I was interested in publishing it too.

I was intrigued—and not just because John Lande and I graduated from the same law school (in different years; we don’t know each other). I was interested because the material could be useful to practicing lawyers.

Let’s begin with the title: Tips For Lawyers Who Want To Get Good Results For Clients And Make Money”

So right off the bat, we see that John knows how to draw readers in.

Here is a little about John:

“At the University of Missouri School of Law, John Lande is the Isidor Loeb Professor Emeritus and former director of the LLM Program in Dispute Resolution. He received his J.D. from Hastings College of Law and Ph.D in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to MU, he was director of the Mediation Program and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, where he supervised a child protection mediation clinic.”

John Lande

John Lande

You can read his more complete bio here.

Most important for today’s purposes, he contributes to the Indisputably blog of ADR law professors.

In his post, he examines with some detail multiple areas of law practice. An initial glance may suggest to you that you “already know this stuff.” In fact, most lawyers should have some facility with each of John’s topics (I’d hope!). But a more leisurely read reveals nuggets that would serve attorneys well.

Here are the topic areas he discusses:

  • Understand Your Clients’ Interests
  • Pay Attention to What’s Really Important in Your Cases, Not Just the Law or Winning
  • Recognize the Importance of Emotions–Especially Yours
  • Get to Know Your Counterpart Lawyer
  • Make a Habit of Preparing to Resolve Matters at the Earliest Appropriate Time
  • Be Prepared to Negotiate More than You Might Expect
  • Get Help From Mediators When Needed
  • Be Prepared to Advocate Hard and Smart

You can read John’s complete blog post here.

And he welcomes comments and questions; contact him here:

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Oct. 6, 2011

On October 6, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon declared Mediation Week, which will occur October 16-22. It was at the request of the State Bar of Arizona Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

At the event, State Bar President Joe Kanefield delivered remarks, as did Mayor Gordon and ADR Section member Donna Williams.

A few photos more photos from the event are below. More are online at the magazine Facebook page.

President Kanefield’s remarks are available here

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, State Bar President Joe Kanefield and members of the ADR Section, Oct. 6, 2011Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and State Bar President Joe Kanefield, Oct. 6, 2011

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and State Bar President Joe Kanefield, Oct. 6, 2011

The October issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine includes a variety of content dedicated to alternatives to trial: mediation, arbitration and even a Guide that contains information about people and companies who can help with your ADR needs.

Here are some links to Community Mediation organizations, which may assist you or your clients:

Coconino County Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program


(928) 779-6805

Sedona Mediation Services


(928) 204-7127

Surprise Community Mediation Program


(623) 222-3242

Solve-It! Community Mediation Service


(480) 732-7296

Community Mediation Program


(520) 323-1708 ext. 504

On October 6, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon declared Mediation Week, which will occur October 16-22. What follows are the remarks of President Joe Kanefield at the proclamation ceremony at Phoenix City Hall:

Phoenix Mayor Declares Mediation Week

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 9 a.m.

Phoenix City Hall – Mayor’s Conference Room

Remarks by Joe Kanefield, President, State Bar of Arizona

Thank you, Mayor Gordon, for your willingness to declare Mediation Week as October 16 through 22, 2011, and for working with the State Bar of Arizona to raise awareness of the importance of mediation and conflict resolution.

As a public official, your support of mediation week and the legal profession is a fine example of your leadership and commitment to help educate members of the communities you serve.

Thank you also to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the State Bar of Arizona for promoting the advancement of ADR and the services that are available to citizens, families, businesses and government bodies.

ADR Section members maintain their commitment to advancing the practice and supporting the principles of mediation, arbitration and alternative procedures to resolving legal issues in a civil manner.

Their efforts align with the Bar’s overall mission to enhance the administration of justice

As we gather today to commemorate Mediation Week, I’d like to give a brief overview of ADR.

ADR recognizes that not all cases are suitable for sometimes costly and time consuming trials, and it institutionalizes mediation as one of many appropriate dispute resolution processes.

ADR is a practice that allows members of the legal profession to encourage the use of dialogue, problem solving, and other collaborative practices when attempting to resolve legal issues outside of the courtroom. It promotes civil and peaceful conflict resolution.

October has become a time to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution worldwide. Mediation Week is celebrated on a local, national and international level from October 16 through 22. We join the American Bar Association and celebrate this week to educate the public about mediation and other innovative conflict management processes.

From the State Bar of Arizona (and Arizona Attorney Magazine):


Contact: Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Editor,
Phone: (602) 340-7310, Mobile: (602) 908-6991


New ADR & Mediation Guide Featured in Arizona Attorney

PHOENIX – Nov. 8, 2010 – Arbitration, the trial alternative, has seen significant changes in recent years, and Arizona Attorney magazine covers them in its November issue with two articles in a special feature. The magazine also has launched its first-annual ADR & Mediation Guide in the issue.

Providing lawyers with guidance in arbitration this month are two stories. The first article was written by Mark E. Lassiter, a partner at Davis Miles PLLC, who heads the Tempe firm’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.

In “Arizona’s New Revised Uniform Arbitration Act,” Lassiter highlights the major and unique features of Arizona’s RUAA, the Arizona case law that is now effectively overruled by it, and how it will change the landscape of Arizona arbitration law and practice. The RUAA is considered to be the most sweeping reform of Arizona arbitration law in almost a half century.

The second article, “Security, Predictability, Enforceability,” written by Mark A. Nadeau and Kate E. Frenzinger of DLA Piper, explores international commercial arbitration in Arizona.

In addition, Arizona Attorney magazine’s first-annual ADR & Mediation Guide will assist attorneys and their practice. The guide of professionals working in all aspects of ADR is a valuable resource for those seeking an arbitrator or mediator.

“We are committed to providing practice-ready tools that assist lawyers in their day-to-day work,” said Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Editor. “We are confident that these articles and our inaugural special guide will be saved and used by Arizona attorneys.”

Arizona Attorney magazine is published 11 times per year by the State Bar of Arizona. It provides articles on substantive legal issues, professional trends and feature profiles.

All the stories and the inaugural Guide are available here.