All posts by Cynthia Alkon

College Admissions Cases and Hard Bargaining

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

What Do We Know About Best Practices in Mediation?

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?

Conference on #MeToo, Social Movements, and their impact on the Workplace

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

Talking with angry relatives and friends over the holidays

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

Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research

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

“It’s called ‘flipping’ and it almost ought to be illegal”

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”