University Planning for the Fall to Deal with the Crisis

Most of this post reproduces a listserv message from TFOI Ben Davis expressing concern about universities’ plans for the fall semester. Like Ben, I am very alarmed about universities’ plans to hold classes in person considering how the virus is spiraling out of control in the US, unlike most other countries.  Unfortunately, our political leaders … Continue reading University Planning for the Fall to Deal with the Crisis

ABA Dispute Resolution Section Fellowship Program

The American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution (DR) Section’s new Fellowship program is accepting applications for its first cohort of Fellows.  The program provides Fellows with opportunities to gain experience with the Section, and is aimed at grooming the next generation of leadership, while at the same time helping the Fellows to advance their careers … Continue reading ABA Dispute Resolution Section Fellowship Program

Want to Talk About Mediators Causing Impasses?

Respected mediator Michael Lang conducts monthly case consultation / reflective practice group sessions for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Mediation Committee. The next one is on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm, ET, and focuses on mediators causing impasses. Here’s the description of the program: Have you noticed that most things written for mediators … Continue reading Want to Talk About Mediators Causing Impasses?

Pace’s Environmental Law and Policy Problem-Solving Competition.

Calling all environmentally-oriented problem-solvers! I am pleased to announce that my law school (Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University) is launching the first annual Environmental Law & Policy Hack Competition, and it is going virtual this year (of course!). Law school teams are invited to submit a proposal that analyzes and develops a … Continue reading Pace’s Environmental Law and Policy Problem-Solving Competition.

BATNAs and the Emotional Pains from “Positional Negotiation”

If you have problems with BATNA theory, you aren’t the only one.  Some people have privately shared their concerns with me, and I suspect that there are a lot of others who are “in the closet” and don’t express their concerns publicly because BATNAs are so widely taken for granted in our community. George Siedel’s … Continue reading BATNAs and the Emotional Pains from “Positional Negotiation”

Jurist Articles

Colleagues recently wrote two timely articles for Jurist, which is soliciting additional pieces. TFOI Ben Davis wrote The Business of Reopening Colleges and Universities in a Pandemic. GFOI Cheryl L. Wade and Elayne E. Greenberg wrote July 4, 2020: How Will We Celebrate? Ben reported that Jurist publisher Bernard Hibbits invites additional articles.  If you … Continue reading Jurist Articles

Clinical Fellow opening at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

From Sara del Nido Budish: The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is seeking applications for a Clinical Fellow.  This role is a term position through June 30, 2022, open to those who earned their J.D. within the last 3 years.  The fellow:   Will provide regular oversight, supervision, and coaching to students involved in … Continue reading Clinical Fellow opening at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

Negotiation and DSD Principles in a Pandemic

As so many business and institutions face economic hardship from the pandemic, our concepts of dispute resolution are more important than ever. Principles of system design–transparency, consult before deciding, and maintaining trust–are crucial. Similarly, avoiding bias and thinking creatively need to be used in making decisions. In the article linked here, entitled How Jewish Organizations Can … Continue reading Negotiation and DSD Principles in a Pandemic

Dispute System Design Discussion on July 29

The National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution will host a panel discussion and book launch on Wednesday, July 29 at 1 pm Eastern Time. The program is entitled “Dispute System Design for the 21st Century.” The book is Dispute Systems Design: Preventing, Managing and Resolving Conflict by Lisa Blomgren Amsler, Janet K. Martinez, and … Continue reading Dispute System Design Discussion on July 29

Pepperdine’s Straus Institute Gets A Big Gift Endowing the Managing Director Position

From Pepperdine’s press release: The Honorable Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) has made a generous $1 million gift to the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law. The gift will be used to strengthen the academic program and global reputation of the Straus Institute, which has been ranked as the #1 … Continue reading Pepperdine’s Straus Institute Gets A Big Gift Endowing the Managing Director Position

How Do You Ask a Person to Be the Last Person to Die for a Mistake?

This fall, American universities will face their modern rendezvous with destiny as they make momentous decisions whether to protect large communities from death and disease.  Most universities plan to conduct in-person classes and are likely to become semester-long virus incubators if they stick to those plans. The situation would be very different if all government … Continue reading How Do You Ask a Person to Be the Last Person to Die for a Mistake?