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As a lawyer, Leslie Budewitz was well-qualified to write Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. She also writes cozy mystery novels; the latest one Assault and Pepper is set in Seattle as will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at idealawg
Does offering a range of numbers as opposed to one single number help you reach your goal in negotiations? Maybe so. From "Offering a Range of Numbers Can Lead to an Edge in Negotiations" (Mind for Business blog of Association for Psychological Science): New research from Columbia Business School challenges... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at idealawg
How can two or more people sincerely, earnestly, and confidently have such widely divergent versions of events? As mediators, we often have heard stories from parties in which the facts are conflicting and yet no one seems to be deliberately deceiving. Research continues to show us our memories are malleable and pliant so we are not surprised at the inconsistency.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
The March edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly is now posted for your reading pleasure. It includes 50 new cites: 15 Interventions 15 Associations 9 Methods 11 Reviews. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
News release from Penn Law: The University of Pennsylvania Law School has launched a new podcast, Case in Point, a series that takes a dynamic new approach to podcasting in higher education and the law. With over one billion subscriptions through iTunes alone, podcasts are quickly becoming one of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at idealawg
I recommend to you this excellent article written by the authors of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us. They offer 10 ways to check the accuracy of our very malleable and faulty memory. Journalists know that when they hear something from one source, they should corroborate it with independent sources before reporting it. The science of memory has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
The January issue offers 12 Interventions 17 Associations 7 Methods 13 Reviews 1 Trial Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
The word "Truth" etched in the pieces of this sculpture on Canyon Road in Santa Fe If we disagree with someone, we typically view the other person as more influenced by bias than are we. That perception of bias can be a monumental obstacle to conflict resolution. But what to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at idealawg
An important topic: play. Fortunately it is receiving serious attention these days. For example, Current Biology has devoted an edition to it. An excerpt from the article "Playfuness and creativity": Having fun is a good reason to be playful. The pleasure it generates could be seen as its primary benefit.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at idealawg
Thanksgiving in Manassas, Virginia This season often brings with it memories fond to hard, and glad to sad. Did you know that nostalgia is a focus of much research? And that it has many benefits? Enjoy or at least value those thoughts of the past; they are not a waste... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at idealawg
Are so many mediators citing neuroscience these days because it is cool? Hot? Fashionable? I don't know. That the science being cited is often either inaccurate or not helpful to conflict resolution is sometimes a tad disturbing. Even though I have blogged about it before, I had forgotten about the phrase "brain overclaim syndrome" until reading this book review from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Press release from University of Buffalo: BUFFALO, N.Y. — Since Hippocrates, medical practice has been seen as both science and art. In the 21 century, amid ever-greater scientific advances, medical schools are working to maintain balance between the two, developing new ways to highlight the art of medicine. On Dec.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at idealawg
When we recall something that occurred in the past, our recollection is not accurate like a video camera. Some if not much of our memory is fabricated. Our fuzzy, faulty memory has been covered before both at this blog and in many books and articles: the memory's shiftiness is by now notorious. So why I am writing about it again?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Anyone who has sincerely tried to improve in some area of personal or professional life probably understands the value of feedback. But what this lawyer did to get feedback is rare and perhaps surprising. From Sherwood Park News: How do you get better? How do you become world-class? There are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at idealawg
Is stress bad for you? Not all of it. In fact, a life without stress would be neither healthy nor enjoyable. You do NOT want to wake up to days that are stress-free. Your clients don't want that for you either. With the right stress, you are a better lawyer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at idealawg
I call to your attention two no-fee teleseminars being offered this month by the Purposeful Planning Institute; one or both might be worth your time. Take a look below for all the information. If you want to join either call, get your complimentary PIN number. The first, presented by John... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at idealawg
This is the page where I will be posting photos, links, and thoughts related to the memory of my father Chuck Allen. I will be begin posting them on the last weekend of August, 2014. Please visit here again. In the meanwhile you may listen to a couple of songs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at idealawg
I have not been active here due to a death in my family. And I will be back soon. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at idealawg
Due to a death in my family, I have not been an active blogger here or at idealawg. I plan to come back to posting in the very near future. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Listen to Christian Jarrett, neuroscientist turned science writer, describing the many myths about the brain covered in today's media ( The interview of Jarrett is less than 10 minutes long and worth a few minutes of your time. Jarrett has a new book coming out in the fall titled Great Myths of the Brain. I am looking forward to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
A new book on yoga written for lawyers has been published by the American Bar Association. The coauthors are lawyers from New Mexico. Hallie Love's Web site includes this description of the book: Written by lawyers Hallie Love and Nathalie Martin, Yoga for Lawyers - Mind-Body Techniques to Feel Better... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at idealawg
Hi, Rhonda. Thanks for your message. I certainly hope you do use drawing in your Torts class.—and then write about it or in some other way let others who are interested know how it goes! As I am sure you know, there are some great books on mindfulness and meditative approaches to art. I wish you the best. It was a delight to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by idealawg. On Jun 15, 2014, at 4:53 PM, Typepad wrote: Typepad HTML Email email_header.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif A new comment from “Rhonda Magee” was received on the post “Can drawing improve lawyering and mediation skills? Art is helping some members of the medical profession” of the blog “idealawg”. Comment: Thank you, Stephanie, for this post. I find this so intriguing, and am half-set to give a drawing exercise a try in my Torts class in the fall. Appreciating your love of teaching and learning for wellbeing, and your dedication to sharing with all of us. May you be very well and joyful, Rhonda Commenter name: Rhonda Magee Commenter email: Commenter URL: IP address: Authentication: None Enjoy! The Typepad Team P.S.: Learn more about replying to comments. spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif Unpublished spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_top.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_publish.png Publish spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_bottom.png spacer.gif email_buttons_top.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_delete.png Delete spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_bottom.png spacer.gif email_buttons_top.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_spam.png Mark as Spam spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_bottom.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_top.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_edit.png Edit Comment spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_bottom.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_footer.png email_tp-logo-small.gif Typepad, Inc. 180 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 Manage Notifications | Support | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy
Although this article uses the neuromythology of right brain/left brain, and is focusing on the medical profession, it nevertheless includes some observations that could prove useful for lawyers and other conflict practitioners. From an article in Philadelphia's The Inquirer "Restoring left-brain activities to medical school" (a title that is puzzling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at idealawg
Over the years, I have learned that people reading this blog come from a wide range of belief systems, including atheist, agnostic, and those involved to large or small degree in various spiritual and religious practices. Although this blog post to which I am linking today is written by a Christian and part of the post is from a Christian... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
A colleague and close friend of mine is in San Diego this weekend attending a Remo Drums HealthRHYTHMS course, being taught by Christine Stevens (videos of Stevens). I am looking forward to hearing all about what she learned when she returns to Colorado because for many years I have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at idealawg