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2018-Charles River Practice Group

The next Charles River Practice Group Meeting for the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council  for which Attorney Debra Smith is the Chair, will be on  February 20, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. in Watertown. The presenter will be Joe Orlando who will speak on “Focusing on Life’s Lessons.”

The  March 20, 2018 Charles River Practice Group Meeting will  be at 1:00 P.M.  in Watertown.  Collaborative Attorney and Mediator Justin Kelsey will speak and facilitate discussion on “Resources & Technology in Collaborative Cases”.

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Lessons for Mediators from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”

“Lessons for Mediators from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”
(Printed in the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.’s “Family Mediation Quarterly”, Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer 2005)


Can mediators learn from the best selling book “Blink”?  Is it true that good mediators just know, as we watch facial expressions and listen to what couples say?   Continue reading Lessons for Mediators from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”

“Are Personal Care Products Safe?”

“Are Personal Care Products Safe?”


     We expect our shampoo, soap, deodorant, creams, sunscreen and make up we use on a daily basis to be safe, but are they?  The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow has concerns about the safety of our personal care products.  They are sponsoring a Safe Cosmetic Week of Action from June 18, 2005 to June 26, 2005.  During this week, their volunteers have been talking to counter staff and managers at local department store cosmetic counters and cosmetic stores and leafleting outside of stores about toxic chemicals in cosmetics, gathering petition signatures and posting ads in communities throughout the country.

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