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Wendy Kramer
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  • Santa Monica, CA
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Wendy Kramer is now friends with Scott Berman and Anthony Matthews, Mediator
Jan 28, 2013
Wendy Kramer is attending American Institute of Mediation's event
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SCMA Annual Conference at Coming Soon!

November 3, 2012 all day
We hope to see each of you at our many programs, seminars, meetings and events!  Our goal is to educate you in a way that will stimulate and inspire!  Look for more information each program as we move forward.Please join us for a cocktail reception and dinner on  Friday November 2 from 5:30-9:00pm at:Sheraton Delfina530 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405See More
Sep 4, 2012
Wendy Kramer and Joe Markowitz are now friends
Feb 18, 2011
Wendy Kramer posted a blog post

SCMA is seeking new Board Members - Deadline 9-3-10!

Dear SCMA Members,It is time for you to step up and show your support for SCMA. We have had a great year despite continuing economic challenges and we look forward to an excellent Fall Conference November 7th at Pepperdine. As you know it takes many committed members to put on programs, work at the board level, and keep membership moving forward. This is the time to get involved. If you are interested in serving as a Board Member or nominating someone to be on the board, please follow the…See More
Aug 19, 2010
Wendy Kramer was featured
Apr 23, 2010
Wendy Kramer commented on Kym Adams Director of CEDRS's event Gender Communication Presentation
"This sounds wonderful; I have a conflict that day, but if for some reason it cancels, I will come!"
Apr 14, 2010
Wendy Kramer commented on Bob Tessier's blog post Something Different For April
"Great idea, great event, great advice! See you then."
Apr 5, 2010
Wendy Kramer is attending Kym Adams Director of CEDRS's event
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Mark your Calendars for our next gathering in April and what a fun one it will be! at Casa Italiana

April 28, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
You Are Invited to Gaelic & Garlic Night!Call it the luck of the Irish, and lucky we have Bob Tessier as our LA Mediators President because he has called to my attention this GREAT event and invites each of you.This event would replace of our normal monthly meeting for April.For a small fee, Bob can reserve a table especially for us.I am sure Bob will be posting a blog soon with more details and I will make sure to pass on.Event Information:Please Join The Irish American Bar Association and…See More
Apr 5, 2010
Wendy Kramer is attending Kym Adams Director of CEDRS's event
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Professional Development Committee (PDC) Meeting “112 Ways to Succeed in Your Mediation Practice” at Santa Monica Public Library

February 16, 2010 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Professional Development Committee (PDC) MeetingTuesday, February 16, 20106:30 – 9:00 p.m.Speaker: Steve Mehta, MediatorTopic: “112 Ways to Succeed in Your Mediation Practice”Location: Santa Monica Pubic Library – Community Meeting Room601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401(310) 458-8600Mediator and Author, Steve Mehta will be speaking on the topic "112 Ways to Succeed in Your Mediation Practice" at the Santa Monica Public Library on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m!…See More
Jan 22, 2010
Wendy Kramer is attending Kym Adams Director of CEDRS's event
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Bob Tessier's LA Mediators Party at Bob Tessier's Residence

January 14, 2010 from 6pm to 11pm
LA Mediators kick off 2010 in style !Informal fun party for all LA Mediators here on ning and guest.Please bring one pot luck tasty item and alcohol of your choice.RSVP here on this page or to Kym Adams email at Mediate2u@aol.com or cell 951-206-0021 or office 800-942-7101When:Thursday, January 14, 2010 commencing at 6:00 P.M.See More
Jan 4, 2010
Wendy Kramer is attending Kym Adams Director of CEDRS's event
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"Mediator's Roundtable Gathering" at To be announced

November 11, 2009 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Charles Parselle and Robert Tessier invite our members to congregate for our annual "Roundtable Meeting".This is a great opportunity to ask questions, share any of your experiences, impasses and have an all around member to member open discussion.During this Roundtable we won't have jousting or dancing, but we shall have a feast so everyone please bring a simple food dish.Remember the RSVP is on this page.Hope to see you then!See More
Oct 15, 2009
Wendy Kramer and Debra B. Self are now friends
Oct 15, 2009
Mary O'Neil left a comment for Wendy Kramer
"Hi!...yes I am planning to be at the 9/23 meeting. I may be a bit late as am coming from something in the heart of downtown LA. Hope to see you then. When you see me, ask me why I had to dislcose that I know you."
Sep 22, 2009
Wendy Kramer left a comment for Mary O'Neil
"Love your page Mary; will you be attending tomorrow evening?"
Sep 22, 2009
Wendy Kramer is attending Kym Adams Director of CEDRS's event

LA Mediator's Meeting at Conference room in Century City -3 hour free parking in the mall next door

September 23, 2009 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Welcome Back LA Mediator's MeetingTopic: "Collaborative Business Law and Negotiation, Art of Persuasion"Host: Fred Glassman will be speaking on:"The Newest and Latest in ADR"Host: Bob Mayer will be speaking on:Mediation: Hot Tips, Cool MovesIt will be entertaining as informative and you wont want to miss out.The location can only occupy 15 guests so you must RSVP to me, no later than Sept 18th at Mediate2U@aol.com and also, please check the box on this page that you will be attending.Host…See More
Aug 17, 2009
Kym Adams Director of CEDRS left a comment for Wendy Kramer
"Wendy, I didn't realize that your blogs weren't in the Blog section. Next time, post in the blog section so they don't get missed and I will feature for you. That way your pretty smiley face is next to your own Blog and more likely to…"
Aug 17, 2009
The Use of Evidence in Mediations - by Wendy W. Kramer, Esq., Mediator/Arbitrator
Attorneys and parties often arrive at a mediation hearing carrying the "Jenny Craig" version of their file; their discovery volumes and boxes having been left behind in their offices. They tote along an invisible box of evidentiary material which they will ask the mediator to convey with force to their opponent (and which they insist with passion and emotion) will destroy, demolish or otherwise impede the other side's case. Some probing into the existence and merits of this evidence is well worth the investment of time. It is important to make inquiries as to whether the item has already been procured and if so, where is it? Many times, the party will admit they have not been able to locate a witness whom they believe will testify in their favor, or a document which will provide impeachment, but they have "confidence" that when it comes time for trial, they will be successful. Simple inquiries into the logistics of what has been done thus far and what needs to be accomplished in the future to obtain the evidence (a reality check) often makes this posturing disappear as if by magic. Sometimes the converse will occur and it will be clear that they will be able to provide the needed proof, but simply need some additional time to do so.
When pressed for the actual document, record, photograph or piece of deposition testimony, and if the party has it with them, it is well worth taking the time to actually review it with the propounder. Often it either does not say what the proponent of the evidence sincerely recalled it to say and this is an "ah ha" moment for the attorney, client and/or insurance adjuster. Suddenly that tasty morsel of impeachment turns to dust and focus can then be restored to the actual issues and interests. It is also useful to discuss whether an important piece of evidence (testimony or documents) will actually get before a jury, due to some evidentiary problem which may attach to it .
Some probing questions to ask: Have they thought through whether there will be any objections to the proffered evidence? If so, how would they counter those objections? For example,
Is the evidence relevant? (Ev. Code Section 350)
Are there any foundation issues? If it is testimony - will the witness be competent to testify and does the witness have personal knowledge?
If it is a writing/document, can it be authenticated; If it is an expert opinion, will he/she be qualified to testify?
Is it hearsay?
Are there any other exclusions or limitations? i.e. Ev. Code Section 352 (more prejudicial than probative, etc...) This may come up when there are gory injury photographs, drug and alcohol issues which have no real bearing on the case at hand, unsavory character evidence, and any other mudslinging.
Although some litigators may initially be reluctant to expose a case to these types of inquiries ultimately, litigators (experienced or otherwise) should realize the benefits of exploring evidentiary issues in seeking mediated resolutions of their cases.

Wendy W. Kramer, Esq.
www.kramermediate.com
wkramer@k2law.com
(310) 829-6063 ext. 12

Wendy Kramer's Blog

SCMA is seeking new Board Members - Deadline 9-3-10!

Dear SCMA Members,



It is time for you to step up and show your support for SCMA. We have had a great year despite continuing economic challenges and we look forward to an excellent Fall Conference November 7th at Pepperdine. As you know it takes many committed members to put on programs, work at the board level, and keep membership moving forward. This is the time to get involved. If you are interested in serving as a Board Member or nominating someone to be on the board, please… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 3:39pm

Mediation Matters-The Importance of Evidence in Mediations; Wendy W. Kramer, Esq., Mediator/Arbitrator

Attorneys and parties often arrive at a mediation hearing carrying the "Jenny Craig" version of their file; their discovery volumes and boxes having been left behind in their offices. They tote along an invisible box of evidentiary material which they will ask the mediator to convey with force to their opponent (and which they insist with passion and emotion) will destroy, demolish or otherwise impede the other side's case. Some probing into the existence and merits of this evidence is well… Continue

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 11:20am — 3 Comments

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At 8:15pm on September 22, 2009, Mary O'Neil said…
Hi!...yes I am planning to be at the 9/23 meeting. I may be a bit late as am coming from something in the heart of downtown LA. Hope to see you then. When you see me, ask me why I had to dislcose that I know you.
At 10:03am on August 17, 2009, Kym Adams Director of CEDRS said…
Wendy, I didn't realize that your blogs weren't in the Blog section. Next time, post in the blog section so they don't get missed and I will feature for you. That way your pretty smiley face is next to your own Blog and more likely to get some of our members comments. Thanks for taking the time to post.. I really really appreciate it!! Have a sunshine smile of a day!!
At 7:34am on July 29, 2009, Everett F. Meiners said…
Thanks for adding me to your list. You are so ubiquitous, I see you all over. We visited Alaska a few years ago on a cruise and had a great time. Beautiful country.
At 11:38pm on July 28, 2009, Deborah Rothman said…
Great. I'm getting ready to go on an Alaska cruise. Originally I agreed to do it because my (former) father-in-law had no one to go with, and this cruise has been on his bucket list for years. But now that I'm reading about this incredible wilderness that I can visit in the various ports, I'm getting really excited!
At 11:56am on June 29, 2009, Kym Adams Director of CEDRS said…
Welcome Wendy and thank you for posting your blog.
Please feel free to post a new blog or start a discussion at any anytime.
Should you have any questions regarding this site please do not hesitate to ask.
 
 
 

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Mediating Commercial and Litigated Cases with Lee Jay Berman at American Institute of Mediation

May 16, 2017 to May 20, 2017
This program is a practical training course. While covering theory to give you a framework and the intellectual understanding of negotiation and mediation, this course is about learning. Our focus is on your doing, practicing and experimenting with negotiating and mediating. There is much to teach about mediation and negotiation, but one reason mediators fail is because they understand the theory, but cannot execute it when under the gun. In this course, you will mediate and negotiate your way…See More
Dec 16, 2016
American Institute of Mediation posted an event

Grow Your Mediation Practice Now! with Lee Jay Berman at American Institute of Mediation

January 28, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
We volunteer and we gripe.  We go to “networking” events, and don’t feel comfortable there or don’t know what to do.  Many of those trying to establish a career in mediation come from prior careers in law, mental health or education.  These three careers are among the weakest at marketing and self-promotion.  Our industry suffers unnecessarily because so many are highly skilled at mediating, and yet lack the skills that enable them to secure the opportunity to actually mediate.  In this course,…See More
Nov 7, 2016
Kym Adams Director of CEDRS updated an event

LA Mediators event March 23rd at Law Offices of Peter J. Babos

March 23, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Dear LA Mediators It’s time for our first meeting of 2016!  This year has already been moving at light speed, so we are going to meet Wednesday March 23rd, 2016 location to be announced, to discuss several interesting issues in mediation. Cocktail hour from 6pm to 6:30pm and meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  First, as I am going to be presenting at the upcoming International Academy of Mediators in March in New Zealand, I want to run through a part of that presentation that deals with working…See More
Feb 23, 2016
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