I am conflicted about Alexander Acosta’s resignation and the controversy surrounding his decade old plea deal with Jeffry Epstein. On the one hand, I like it when prosecutors are held accountable for their decisions. It happens far too rarely in this country. But, why do we only question when prosecutors give an “easy” or “good” … Continue reading Acosta and Bad Plea Deals
Prosecutors regularly threaten to add charges if defendants do not accept plea deals. This threat can be serious and can result in substantially more prison time. It seems the rich and privileged defendants in the College Admissions Scandal cases are experiencing this first hand. On Monday, a number of defendants, including Felicity Huffman, agreed to … Continue reading College Admissions Cases and Hard Bargaining
From my dear colleague and Friend of Indisputably, Nancy Welsh: Dear Colleagues, I am posting this in my role as Chair of the Dispute Resolution Research Advisory Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution (“Advisory Committee”). In 2017, the Section’s Task Force on Research on Mediator Techniques issued a comprehensive report analyzing research that … Continue reading What Do We Know About Best Practices in Mediation?
Do you remember what you were given on the first day of work, at your first law job, by your employer? Last night I had two newer Prosecutors from the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in Fort Worth speaking to my class. They told us that they were given two things on their first day: … Continue reading On your first day of work
From my dear colleague and Friend of Indisputably, Michael Z. Green: Welcome back to many of you from Spring Break. Now that you are refreshed and looking for something new to do for entertainment, I want to make you aware of a conference we are holding at the Texas A&M University School of Law on … Continue reading Conference on #MeToo, Social Movements, and their impact on the Workplace
For those that haven’t seen it yet, this is the link to Deb Eisenberg’s talk on “Creating a Culture of Conflict Resolution Talk.” Congrats Deb on a great job!
There is a an interesting opportunity at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Many probably saw this post on the List Serve, but in case anyone is interested and didn’t see it, I am happy to post it here from the Friends of Indisputably at the Air Force Academy: The link to the job announcement is: … Continue reading Opportunity at the U.S. Air Force Academy
I wanted to share a recent posting to the Dispute Resolution Listserve from my dear colleague Nancy Welsh describing some of the highlights from the last year at Texas A&M. It is an honor and joy for me to be a part of it. Here is Nancy’s message: Dear Colleagues, I’m very pleased to share … Continue reading What We’ve Been Up to in Texas….
The NY Times has an interactive piece to help us all have difficult conversations about politics over our holiday tables. Read Here The piece gives you multiple choice options of how to respond to your angry Uncle Bot in a political conversation. The first choice is choosing whether Uncle Bot is an angry liberal or … Continue reading Talking with angry relatives and friends over the holidays
This weekend, Saturday Night Live delivered a rare apology. Hat tip to Friend of Indisputably, Kelly Browe Olson! Watch
From my dear colleague and FOI, Professor Nancy Welsh, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Texas A&M: Texas A&M Law’s Dispute Resolution Program is very pleased to invite you to our annual symposium: Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research. It will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018, with … Continue reading Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research
President Trump said this in response to the plea bargain of his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. However, Michael Cohen did not, in fact, “flip.” Cohen’s plea deal is not conditioned on him giving any evidence in a future or concurrent prosecution. Michael Cohen did plead guilty in federal court to eight counts including tax fraud, … Continue reading “It’s called ‘flipping’ and it almost ought to be illegal”