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Vancestock V Raises Over $33,000 For Trails Youth Initiatives!

Vancestock V, Thank You For Helping Us Raise Over $33,000 For Trails Youth Initiatives! If you happen to see Vance Cooper on the street flashing a big smile and humming a tune, it’s a good bet that he's reliving one of the wonderful memories he took away...

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The Origins of Vancestock: The Power of Chance Encounters

Think back to the mid-1980s - if you’re old enough to remember them. Michael Jackson moonwalked his way into superstardom, the Breakfast Club taught kids everywhere that serving detention could give you a real education, and a fresh-faced articling student named Vance Cooper was eagerly...

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Five Reasons People Don’t Negotiate In Advance Of Mediation

Over the past 30 years working on personal injury and insurance claims - as a lawyer, arbitrator, and mediator - I have observed that settlement discussions in advance of mediation occur all too infrequently. Five factors which I believe contribute to the inability of those...

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The Art of Successful Communication In Mediation – Part I: Active Listening

Preparing for mediation can be an intensive process for both lawyers and clients. Advancing or defending a matter requires exceptionally good research skills to navigate through questions of law, relevant precedents and to establish all pertinent facts. Even the most thoroughly-prepared lawyer can fail to achieve...