Have you sat across a desk (or zoom screen) from an earnest student who is trying to figure out what to write for a paper in your course? Probably every instructor who has required students to write papers has had this experience.
I certainly did. These often were interesting conversations in which I helped students consider what was important to them and how they could use the paper to advance their interests. I often suggested some things for them to read to stimulate their thinking.
I recently talked with a colleague about an upcoming class in which I will talk with her students. I suggested that she ask them to read one or more of my blog posts to prepare for the class discussion.
Afterward, it occurred to me that if you discuss possible paper topics with students, you might suggest that they read some of these posts to see what resonates for them. Many are provocative pieces challenging accepted ideas in our field, and students may want to elaborate and/or critique my ideas.
Of course, there are plenty of other things that could stimulate student paper topics, including other Indisputably posts. Feel free to suggest other materials in a comment.
A Message for Law Students to Prepare Themselves for Legal Practice
Study Finds That Law Schools Fail to Prepare Students to Work with Clients and Negotiate
Canaries in the Litigation Coal Mine
Law Students Can Choose to Thrive or Merely Survive
The Law Can Be Dangerous to Lawyers’ Mental Health
Dealing with Causes as Well as Symptoms of Law Students’ and Lawyers’ Lack of Well-Being
Illusions of Competence
Introversion, the Legal Profession, and Dispute Resolution
Heidi Brown’s Books Promoting Flourishing and Effective Practitioners
The Role of Law in Legal Disputes
What is (A)DR About?
Lawyers Are From Mars, Clients Are From Venus – And Mediators Can Help Communicate in Space
They Should Call It Negotiation School, Not Law School – this is oriented mostly to faculty, but it includes a powerpoint and video that students might want to watch.
What Theory Do Practitioners Want?
Decision-Making as an Essential Element of Our Field
Assessment of the Dispute Resolution Field
How Do You Want to Improve Dispute Resolution?
The Legal Profession, Judiciary, and Dispute Resolution
Confusing Dispute Resolution Jargon
Concepts That Can Help Practitioners Help Parties Make Decisions in Disputes
We Need Clearer Dispute Resolution Language
How to Calculate and Use BATNAs and Bottom Lines with LIRA
What’s a Bottom Line?
BATNA May Be Less Important Than You Think – and Teach
BATNA’s Got to Go — and Here’s a Better Idea
BATNAs and the Emotional Pains from “Positional Negotiation”
How You Can Build a Mediation Model to Optimize Your Own Cases
Reality-Testing Questions for Real Life and Simulations – and Ideas for Stone Soup Assignments
We Should Replace Mediation Models with a Unified Conceptual Framework
Reconciling Allegedly Alternative Mediation Models by Using DIY Models
Merging Mediation Models – And Other Lessons
Courts Should Make Mediations Good Samaritans Not Frankensteins
Charting a Middle Course for Court-Connected Mediation
Evolution of New Normals in Dispute Resolution
The Evolution To Planned Early Multi-Stage Mediation
Dispute Prevention and Early Dispute Resolution Framework
Survey of Early Dispute Resolution Movements and Possible Next Steps
Our Need for Truth, Reconciliation, and Justice
ADR’s Place in Navigating a Polarized Era
Theory-of-Change Book – this is chock full of tasty bite-size think pieces, averaging less than 4 pages each, written by 59 contributors
The Next New Normals – this is the first in a series of posts about the new normals, with links to the other posts in the series
Dispute Resolution Video and Podcast Online Library – obviously, these are not blog posts but may be of interest to students