With the start of the new year, I made a resolution that I would do a better job of keeping up on other law blogs out there, particularly those on dispute resolution. I have actually set up RSS feeds and am reading, if not daily, at least regularly some of what is posted on other blogs in dispute resolution. And, let me tell you, these blogs are really terrific resources.
So…rather than linking to only one of them this week, I wanted to link to a few great stories from this past week. First, on Settle It Now written by Vicky Pynchon, she addresses an article, The Privatization of Civil Justice by Professor Murray of Harvard Law School that argues that mediation is the bane of all existence (or something like that.) Vicky does a great job parsing the claims that Murray makes and demonstrating where he is wrong.
Second, and in a somewhat linked topic, Geoff Sharp at the brilliantly named blog, Mediator Blah Blah , looks at the closing of the well-known litigation firm Heller Ehrman and asks the important question: Is Settling Bad for Business? With so many cases settling, apparently Heller Ehrman faces a 60% loss in revenue. Sharp asks whether lawyers should be considering their own interests when deciding whether to settle a case.
Third, Gini Nelson at Engaging Conflicts wrote last week about her interview with Doug Yarn, the Executive Director of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Professor of Law at Georgia State University. She has been interviewing a series of people in the field of dispute resolution and also writes about books in the field.
Finally, a last favorite is Diane Levin at the Mediation Channel blog. Today’s post is about negotiating for beer, a topic sure to endear itself to many. Another earlier post that I enjoyed very much was her post last February about what voters could learn from the field of negotiation.
There’s a lot out there and I am sure there are excellent topical blogs beyond the four that I have listed. Let me know what else I should be reading!