December 2017 Wrap Up!
The year ended on a wonderful note. Thank you so much to all of you who voted for Little Falls Mediation in Arlington Magazine's Best of 2018 survey. I am really happy to share that Little Falls Mediation was the Best of Arlington 2018 winner for Best Mediator! Above is the brief paragraph and photo that appear in the January/February 2018 issue of Arlington Magazine.
It has been an honor and a privilege to work with all of my wonderful clients this year. I work with people and families who are going through very stressful periods. Mediation empowers them to collaborate with each other, to brainstorm solutions to the problems they are facing, and to reality test how those proposed ideas might work. The devil is in the details.
I taught my first law school class, Alternative Dispute Resolution, with my colleague Renee Reynolds and had a lot of fun trying something new. I have to admit that I was a little bit terrified before that first class, but the fear quickly vanished as soon as I met my students. We covered the subjects of mediation, negotiation, arbitration, and collaborative law in our course. Our students went to Multi-Door Dispute Resolution in D.C. Superior Court to observe real mediations taking place in the Small Claims Division. They engaged in lots of classroom exercises and role plays. They listened to our fabulous guest speakers who included collaborative lawyer Jennifer Bradley, Judge Paul Sheridan, attorneys Karen Keyes and David Ginsberg, and long time family law attorney and mediator Larry Gaughan. I'm happy to report that Renee and I will be back at the Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Arlington in January, teaching a Mediation class for the spring semester.
Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning." -- T.S. Eliot
“Past and Present I know well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. But it is the quiet, beckoning Future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love.”
-- Richelle E. Goodrich
Ellice Halpern, J.D., is a Virginia Supreme Court certified general and family mediator.