Family Negotiation

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There are many conflicts among family members that lend themselves to negotiated resolution. Family-run businesses and family-run foundations are two such contexts. Negotiation is not an alternative to therapy, but there are financial and other disputes among individual family members (e.g. spouses, parents and children, etc.) that can be handled through mediation.

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Role Simulations

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Law / Courts Negotiation Role-Play:

Baker & Irwin v. Department of Human Services

Bruce Deming
Two-party negotiation between attorneys for a state agency and a gay advocacy group regarding a state policy that led to the removal of two foster children from the home of a gay couple
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Family Negotiation Role-Play:

Carter Estate Problem, The

Mark Drooks, Andrew Tavel, Kenneth Hyatt, Mark Gordon, and Bruce Patton
Two-party, multi-issue integrative negotiation between brothers over the settlement of their father's estate
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Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Deke Slims' Silver Dollars

Ron Karp and Bruce Patton
Three-person distributive exercise consisting of two separate two-party negotiations between the representative of an estate and two separate coin dealers over the price of a silver coin collection large enough to affect the silver market
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Family Negotiation Role-Play:

Ellsworth v. Ellsworth

Frank Sander and William Ury
Two-party, multi-issue negotiation between lawyers for a divorcing couple over the terms of the divorce, including alimony, child support, and income tax issues
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Family Negotiation Role-Play:

George and Martha

Two-party integrative negotiation between representatives for a divorcing couple over the amount of child support payments
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Jennie Hatch & Kessely Hong
A three-party employment negotiation involving a mid-career student negotiating two job offers via email at the same time.
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Community Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Neighborhood Care, Inc.

Lawrence Susskind and Bruce Patton
Two-party negotiation or mediation between church and neighborhood representatives over the possible use of church facilities for services for the mentally challenged
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Family Negotiation Role-Play:

People v. Malvenue

Ron Karp and Bruce Patton
Two-party plea bargaining negotiation between a prosecutor and the court-appointed defender for a man accused of abusing his wife, who refuses to sign the complaint against him
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Family Negotiation Role-Play:

Stakes of Engagement, The

Nicholas Sabin
Two-party, multi-issue, scoreable negotiation regarding a prenuptial agreement, calling for a balance of substantive and relationship concerns
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Family Negotiation Role-Play:

Trask Divorce

Two-party, multi-issue negotiation between lawyers representing a divorcing couple regarding alimony and financial support for a special-needs child; involves ethical issues

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