Reciprocal Sovereignty

Resolving Conflict Respectfully

By Tony Roffers, PhD

Copyright 2008 Tony Roffers, PhD

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A group of eight attorney mediators met with me once a month for approximately six years to engage in one of the most enjoyable training experiences of my life. These attorneys intuitively sensed that once they left the adversarial way of resolving conflicts they entered a different world. The world of collaborative conflict resolution required a different perspective and new skills. The communication skills model delineated in this book evolved from our work together, and I want to acknowledge and thank each of one of these highly skilled attorneys: Dana Curtis, Laura Farrow, Nancy Foster, Susan Keel, Arlene Kostant, Katherine Page Nowell, Maude Pervere, and Martina Reaves.

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