Harris E. Weinberg, probably the most prestigious mediator in California started his mediation career in Vermont when he established a mediation program for troubled juveniles as part of the Vermont Juvenile System.  Over the years he has traveled frequently to Italy at the request of the U.S. State Department.  And to Jerusalem to work with Israeli, Arab and Palestinian government leaders, diplomats, industrialists and academicians to examine uses of mediation in their resolution conflicts.  Mr. Weinberg is good company to keep.

Eat Your Vegetables Day


Eat Your Vegetables Day – We know they’re good for you – be sure.  Here’s a list of the “Dirty Dozen” 12 foods you should buy organic.  A great little video that explains what organic is in addition to those vegetables like broccoli, kale, potatoes, and then there are the fruits; strawberries, apples, and nectarines.. Take a minute and improve your eating habits. READ MORE



Craig Needham, Attorney/Mediator I’ve worked with.  In addition to his incredible credentials is a first-rate athlete competing in too many Ironman competitions to list here, has bicycled across North America, to the top of the French Alps and in his spare time writes “What’s New in Torte & Trial in California” – You can imagine Mr. Needham expects preparation from all parties involved in his cases.


Flag raising on Iwo Jima February 23, 1945 80-G-413988 War and Conflict #1221

Flag raising on Iwo Jima
February 23, 1945
War and Conflict #1221

Peace; a definition “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”  Wayne W. Dyer   The longest “peace time” of the U.S.?  America has been at war 93% of the time – 222 out of 239 years since 1776.  Check out this timeline of the U.S. involvement in wars over it’s history – stunning.  READ MORE



Flag Day – Honors the creation of the flag of the United States of America on June 14, 1777. The Stars and Stripes originated as a result of the resolution adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia.  The resolution read: ““Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation. ”  

Abraham Lincoln

lincoln quote about law

Abraham Lincoln said it: “As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man.”  Lincoln enjoyed a successful legal career for over 25 years before becoming President.  Here’s an interesting timeline referencing his legal career and his appointments to Supreme Court at that time.  READ MORE

Patricia Tweedy

sharing a meal

Patricia Tweedy, Attorney/Mediator that I’ve worked with who in addition to excellent skills recognizes the value of “sharing a meal”.  Ms. Tweedy includes a meal within the context of mediation meetings.   Eating together reduces people’s perceptions of inequality, and diners tend to view those of different races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds as more equal than they would in other social scenarios.  Mangia Ms. Tweedy!  READ MORE