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President's Message: 2020: A Vision for the Future of MCFM
Monday, May 21, 2018

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:
2020: A VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF MCFM

by Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW

As the 24th President of MCFM, it is a formidable task to pen a President’s message. In thinking about all that I would like to convey, I was struck by the fact that my presidency will span the years 2018-2020. 
2020.

The irony of 2020 did not escape me. The familiar maxim that “hindsight is 20-20” is commonly understood to mean that we don’t always see clearly in the moment and that we only gain a perfect view of events after they have transpired - - that is, we are better able to evaluate past choices in retrospect rather than at the time of the occurrence.

The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

“The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls”
by Laurie Israel

As some of you may know, I spent a good part of the past 3 years writing a book about prenups. Our mediation (and law) practices sometimes take interesting turns. I started out as a tax lawyer, and then morphed into a general practice lawyer, concentrating on family law and estate planning. I’ve been practicing for a little over 30 years.

The Amygdala Diaries
Monday, April 2, 2018

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The Amygdala Diaries

by David Kellem

Mediators are challenged to guide clients through a lot of obstacles along the way to settlement.  One physically small but stealthy and strong obstacle is the human amygdala. Amygdalae are almond-shaped organs in the left and right hemispheres of our brains that can subconsciously derail rational negotiation.

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