Reconciling Allegedly Alternative Mediation Models by Using DIY Models

Like it or not, facilitative and evaluative mediation are part of the social reality of our field.  Despite the fact that these models are misleading and provide counterproductive concepts to guide mediators’ behaviors and set parties’ expectations, they are inescapable.  They are standard elements in texts, courses, trainings, and general discourse in our field.  They … Continue reading Reconciling Allegedly Alternative Mediation Models by Using DIY Models

Journal of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition – August 15 Deadline

My colleague, Ilhyung Lee, the director of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, announced the initiation of an annual writing competition, co-sponsored by the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA). With a generous grant from the NAA Research and Education Foundation, this initiative encourages research and scholarship in the labor and employment field. Beginning … Continue reading Journal of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition – August 15 Deadline

Peter Coleman’s Outstanding Evidence-Based Work on Reducing Polarization

Peter T. Coleman, professor of psychology and education at Columbia University, an award-winning scholar and a prolific author, recently published his latest book, The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization.  He holds a joint appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute.  In his spare time, he is the director of the Morton Deutsch … Continue reading Peter Coleman’s Outstanding Evidence-Based Work on Reducing Polarization

If You Had Only One Hour to Describe ADR, What Would You Say?

This was the question I had to answer when planning a lecture.  I was a speaker in a course offered by the Universidad Monteavila in Caracas, Venezuela.  My wonderful colleague, Rafael Gely, organized this collaboration with Missouri’s DR Center to provide a series of speakers, including me. My Venezuelan colleague told me that I could … Continue reading If You Had Only One Hour to Describe ADR, What Would You Say?

Writing Competition (professional responsibility)

Submissions and nominations of articles are being accepted for the twelfth annual Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility.  Eligibility: articles in the field of Professional Responsibility with a publication date of 2021.  The prize will be awarded at the 2022 AALS Annual Meeting. Send submissions and nominations to Professor Samuel Levine at … Continue reading Writing Competition (professional responsibility)

Now in Print – Discussions in Dispute Resolution: The Foundational Articles 

I am thrilled to announce that Discussions in Dispute Resolution: The Foundational Articles (available here – for 30% off use this discount code – ALAUTHC4) has been published with several people having reported receiving their copies.  Andrea, Sarah, and I couldn’t be happier to see it in print. For those of you who are not … Continue reading Now in Print – Discussions in Dispute Resolution: The Foundational Articles 

Proposal for Standard Explanation in Mediation

Since writing my recent short article, Courts Should Make Mediations Good Samaritans Not Frankensteins, I have been thinking about how to maximize the substantial benefits of court-connected mediation while minimizing the risks of coercion. Most mediators, mediation program administrators, and courts are conscientious about providing appropriate, high-quality mediation services.  Unfortunately, with some frequency, there have … Continue reading Proposal for Standard Explanation in Mediation

Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Cardozo is Hiring

From FOI Lela Love–and let me just say I’m delighted that Lela is not really going anywhere soon! Dear Dispute Resolution Community and Friends, Below is an amazing opportunity to lead one of truly outstanding dispute resolution programs .  I will be staying aboard for a period to help with the transition and to continue … Continue reading Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Cardozo is Hiring

Maryland Carey Law hiring staff attorney-mediator

From the list serv – The Center for Dispute Resolution at Maryland Carey Law (C-DRUM) is hiring a staff attorney-mediator to support the mediation clinic and some of C-DRUM’s broader initiatives. Applications are due by May 27 and must be submitted within the University of Maryland, Baltimore system. A direct link to the position description … Continue reading Maryland Carey Law hiring staff attorney-mediator

Dwight Golann on a Year of Zoom Mediations

Dwight Golann just wrote a nice article about mediators’ experiences mediating on Zoom: “I Sometimes Catch Myself Looking Angry or Tired …”  The Impact of Mediating by Zoom, published in CPR’s Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation. Dwight solicited mediators’ reactions on the International Academy of Mediators listserv as well as in two focus … Continue reading Dwight Golann on a Year of Zoom Mediations