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As an instructor of Dispute Resolution, Professor Bruce Kogan and his students work with the Rhode Island court system by providing alternatives to litigation. In addition to Dispute Resolution, Professor Kogan teaches Property and Trusts and Estates.

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Bruce Kogan's Archive for July 2015

Posted by Bruce Kogan
07/08/2015 at 07:08 AM
“Why do you do this?” is a question that I am often asked in the midst of a contentious mediation.  When two people (or two groups of people) are experiencing significant differences – significant enough that their dispute has either found its way into court or has risen to the level that both sides recognize that they are stuck in a conflict spiraling out of their own control – it is only then that a judge may refer them to mediation (or that the parties or their counsel request that a mediator get involved). This is where I come in. My job is to try to see if my intervention as a...