What I’m Reading – PBS Documentary on William Randolph Hearst

I learned a lot about William Randolph Hearst by watching the PBS American Experience documentary about him.  He is best known as a purveyor of “yellow journalism,” promoter of the Spanish-American War, and the target of the Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane.  The documentary shows that he has had a huge and continuing impact on … Continue reading What I’m Reading – PBS Documentary on William Randolph Hearst

Webinar Oct 14 (“Settle and Sue: Managing Malpractice Risks for Mediators and Lawyers”)

Later this week, I’ll be part of a webinar on malpractice in the mediation & settlement arenas. This is part of the willworkforfood.news project, (introduced to me by Jeff Kichaven) in which webinar participants are charged no fee, but are invited to make contributions to a local food bank. (My contributions go to: foodforlanecounty.org.) October … Continue reading Webinar Oct 14 (“Settle and Sue: Managing Malpractice Risks for Mediators and Lawyers”)

What I’m Reading – The Social Dilemma

“Facebook is like a pocketknife:  You can use it to peel an apple or stab a janitor at school.”  So said tech analyst (and talk-show host) Jimmy Kimmel. Noam Ebner (not a talk-show host) wrote, “Its positive characteristics and opportunities notwithstanding, the Internet has become something similar to a bad neighborhood after dark. … Even … Continue reading What I’m Reading – The Social Dilemma

What I’m Reading – Constructing Good ODR Systems

ODR is likely to be an increasingly important part of legal and dispute resolution processes in the future, with potential benefits and risks.  It particularly has great potential to help self-represented litigants (SRLs, aka “pro se” parties). So I was interested to read a draft paper by my colleague, Amy Schmitz, and John Zeleznikow, Intelligent … Continue reading What I’m Reading – Constructing Good ODR Systems

What I’m Reading – Worth

Who’d expect Netflix to produce a movie about dispute system design?  Or that it would be really good? Its docudrama, Worth, about the process of designing and implementing the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund, actually is terrific.  (Note that this What-I’m-Reading series isn’t limited to just reading stuff.) It is based on Kenneth Feinberg’s book, What … Continue reading What I’m Reading – Worth

What I’m Reading – Frederik Backman Books

I’m starting this What-I’m-Reading series with two books by Swedish author, Fredrik Backman.  They are his first book, A Man Called Ove (OOH-vah), and his latest book, Anxious People.  Backman has become quite a phenomenon, publishing a series of books, some of which have been made into movies, including Ove. Ove is a grumpy, get-off-my-lawn … Continue reading What I’m Reading – Frederik Backman Books

UC Hastings seeks Professor and Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

All-around good person Sheila Purcell announced via the listserv her retirement and another great ADR job opportunity. The University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco is conducting an open-rank search to hire one lateral tenured or tenure-track faculty member to begin July 1, 2022. The ideal candidate will be a productive … Continue reading UC Hastings seeks Professor and Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

ABA SDR Conference Proposal Deadline – Wednesday, September 29

From Jen Michel on behalf of the ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Conference Planning Committee: Hello colleagues, Just a friendly reminder to those interested in submitting a program proposal for the upcoming ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Conference to be held in Los Angeles, CA April 27-30, 2022: Jointly sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution … Continue reading ABA SDR Conference Proposal Deadline – Wednesday, September 29

ABA Dispute Resolution Mediation Institute on Nov 4-6

From Jen Michel: Dear colleagues, Please forgive me for a brief e-introduction in this now-virtual world.  My name is Jennifer Michel and I am the new director of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.  I look forward to our paths crossing in the near future. I am also reaching out to share information regarding the … Continue reading ABA Dispute Resolution Mediation Institute on Nov 4-6