As times of transition, conflicts often produce significant inner trials for parties. This paper categorizes some of the more common inner trials parties in conflict face (e.g., coping with loss, strong emotions, uncertainty, etc.) and suggests that, as liminal times in people’s lives, some conflicts may also hold within them important opportunities for learning, growth and self-definition. This paper also offers some ideas for how lawyers might best assist clients during such transitions.
Jonathan R. Cohen, Conflicts as Inner Trials: Transitions for Clients, Ideas for Lawyers, 13 Cardozo J. of Conflict Resol. 393 (2012), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/245