Employee-Manager Conflict; Owning It

After spending a great deal of time over the past few months with some of my employment law colleagues who do company defense work, there was one theme that resonated loudly – THEY ARE BUSIER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN IN YEARS. The economy is experencing steady growth, and the market place for employment has been.. read more →

Happily Ever After?

We are students today – excited to participate in a seminar hosted by the Georgia Bar. The subject is Same Sex Marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Key question – can the court system address the gap that exists between civil remedies afforded to married couples, and those afforded to domestic partners living.. read more →

What’s In Your Gumbo?

‘Tis the season for many of us to spend time with family and friends around a copious spread of prepared dishes for all to enjoy. As I began the day-long journey to create my native dish of seafood gumbo for my loved ones, I was reminded that what makes this New Orleans specialty so incredible is.. read more →

Traditions and Trade-Offs

“Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof.” Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof. Jay and I recently renewed our love of this award-winning play by watching one of Topol’s final performances as Tevye, the patriarch of a close-knit family whose daily activities and life decisions were guided by.. read more →

Asleep at the Wheel

Jay and I attended our son, Derrick’s, high school graduation several days ago. As we prepared to witness the commencement of nearly 500 beaming seventeen and eighteen year olds, both of us were struck by the procession of faculty members and school board officials that preceded the students’ march into the arena. We were grateful to.. read more →

The Opposite of Love: Hate or Apathy? (Part 2)

A couple of months ago, I was absolutely delighted to be asked to deliver the keynote speech at a University of Arkansas event in honor of the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. One of my montras was driven by the connection that exists between love, stewardship for the treatment of other human beings,.. read more →

The Opposite of Love: Hate or Apathy?

A couple of friends and I met this morning to quickly get caught up on one another’s lives and careers. We decided to visit a locally owned breakfast haunt known for its selection of authentic water bagels. We were greeted immediately by the open smile and friendly voice of a gentlemen behind the counter. Seeing the confused.. read more →

Level – The Exploration of Power and the Convergence of Diversity and Socio-Economic Reality in the US

We invite you to consider our firm’s name, Level Mediation, focusing for now on the word “level”. Conflicts between real people develop when the outcome sought by one person translates into an undesirable outcome for someone else. We invite your thoughts on the components of our US-centric culture which create inequality between people and their.. read more →