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Programs and Events:

Oran Kaufman will participate as a panelist at the AFCC Annual International Conference which will be held this year in Boston, MA  between May 31st and June 3rd, 2017. The topic of the workshop is "Mandatory Mediation is not an Oxymoron".  More information about this conference can be found at:

http://www.afccnet.org/Conferences-Training/AFCC-Conferences/ctl/ViewConference/ConferenceID/92/mid/615

Oran Kaufman was recently asked to serve on the The Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution.  This committee  advises the Chief Justice of the Trial Court on the implementation and oversight of court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution Services.

Oran Kaufman currently supervises four law students who are participating in the  Hampden County Mediation Clinic. This is a joint venture between Western New England School of Law, The  Hampden Probate and Family Court and The Mediation and Training Collaborative.  Attorney Kaufman, an adjunct professor at WNEU School of Law, oversees four students each Wednesday at the Hampden Probate and Family Court and with the help the students, mediates cases sent to the clinic by judges of the Hampden Probate and Family Court.


Podcasts and Articles

Every so often I hear podcasts that I wish clients could hear.  I have started to compile a list. Here it is:

Freakonomics recently replayed an episode from one of its archives entitled:

What Do Skating Rinks, Ultimate Frisbee, and the World Have in Common?  

This podcast among other things explores the game of ultimate frisbee and the fact that until recently the game has not been refereed. I think this has fascinating implications for the ability of players (and in particular children), to resolve conflicts without the need for third party arbiter.  I wrote an article about this a number of years ago entitled " Ultimate Conflict Resolution".  That article can be found at:

The Freakonomics episode can be found at:




This American Life- One Last Thing Before I Go.  September 23, 2016.  The second story in this wonderful episode is Jonathan Goldstein's story of his helping his father and brother reconcile their estrangement of 40 years.  As is the case with many mediations, it involves revisiting an event that had occurred when Jonatha's father and his brother (now in their 80s) were young children.Their ability to revisit the event and see things from the other's perspective changes everything. It is heart warming, deep and hopeful.


This American Life- "The Sanctity of Marriage".  Stories trying to understand what actually happens in marriages during this time when the definition of marriage is up in the air.

Ted Talks- Brene Brown- "The Power of Vulnerability".

New York Times: 10/8/2015- "The Original Conscious Uncouplers".

New York Times:1/17/16- "Divorced Parents Living Close for the Children's Sake".

New York Times: 5/29/15- "Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent".

New York Times: Unhitched series