Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Blog!  Goodbye, Old School. Hello, Smart and Sassy!

By Nancy Black Norelli

Big, big shoes to fill!

I am excited to be a part of our inaugural blog that replaces the old-school Peacemaker, which served us well for decades.  We are blessed with two fantastic editors who will edit and procure articles and launch us into this modern, easy, sassy way to communicate. Please send your ideas or proposed blog to our Blog Co-Editors Tara Muller (tara@mullerlawfirm.com) or Kate Deiter Maradei (kate@deitermediation.com).

Ron and Nancy Norelli and LeAnn Nease and Gordon Brown celebrate a great year at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilimington.

Wonderful news!  Our Section has produced an NCBA president-elect! Please join me in congratulating LeAnn Nease Brown (lnease@brownandbunch.com). She promises to be an outstanding president as her participation at the NCBA includes chairing three sections, the formidable CLE Committee and a host of other committees and projects. The breadth of her knowledge and true affection for our profession and her compassion and astute judgment will propel the NCBA to new heights as challenges and opportunities are addressed.

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Exciting News: The Peacemaker Is Now A Blog!

Attention all Dispute Resolution Section members: Your DR Council recently voted to join the ranks of most other NCBA Sections to create a blog page to replace the outdated newsletter system we had been using for Section communications. This new system will allow more rapid communication and more visibility. As a valued member of the DR section, you now will receive regular email updates about The Peacemaker blog. Please stay tuned for upcoming posts.

If you have an article or other post you feel would be helpful to our members, please send it to Tara Muller, your Newsletter Editor-turned-Blog Editor, at tara@mullerlawfirm.com.

Also, we are starting a blog feature called Peacemakers’ War Stories.  At the suggestion of some of the veteran council members, mediators now may contribute interesting/helpful/difficult issues they have encountered during mediations, and how they handled them…or wished they had handled them! If you are willing to share an experience and help other section members, please send a summary to Tara for inclusion in that section of the blog.

We are excited about this development and hope you are, too.  Thank you for being a member of the DR Section.