On April 5, 2017, Good Neighbor Mediation participated in a panel presentation on mediation to Rhode Island members of CAI (Community Associations Institute) in Warwick, RI. Jeanne focused on the whys, hows, and whens of mediation, while Alix explored the sorts of disputes amenable to mediation. The panel explained why mediation is often a much better process than litigation, leading to a quicker, much less expensive, and more workable outcome. Bottom line: mediation in many cases is more consistent with board fiduciary duties to preserve association assets than a hasty resort to litigation or arbitration. It is also much more likely than litigation or arbitration to support the values that build community and empower its members: respectful dialogue and constructive problem-solving.
Last November, Jeanne Kempthorne was named a New England Super Lawyer in the area of alternative dispute resolution. She had previously been recognized for her appellate advocacy. Having transitioned her practice to focus on mediation, she is delighted to be named to the roster of New England’s most notable practitioners.
Jeanne Kempthorne has been appointed a member of the newly created Mass. Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Council for the 2016-2017 year. She is excited to be on the ground floor of this new section, helping to shape the direction of the … [Continue reading]
Angie's List Magazine (June 2016) features a cover story on "the people who drive you crazy", that is, Nightmare Neighbors, a category comprising several sub-types: the Oblivious Neighbor, the Overachiever, the Neighborhood Mayor, the Do-Littles, and … [Continue reading]
Life in a condominium may not be what you expected. Relationships with your neighbors may be so strained it is difficult to make decisions together or even say hello in the hall. Condominium documents often do not provide a practical, cost-efficient … [Continue reading]