I am thrilled that so many people already have expressed interest in participating in the Theory-of-Change Symposium described in recent posts. So far, 26 people said that they will write a piece and 10 more people are considering doing so. I expect that others will participate as well. These include faculty, practitioners, directors of mediation … Continue reading Contributions to the Theory-of-Change Symposium
I invite you to participate in Theory-of-Change blog symposium. I recently posted pieces listing various goals that people in our community have had, strategies that some have used, and reflections on the process of considering these issues for our field. I invited academics, practitioners, administrators, and researchers, among others, in the US and other countries … Continue reading Invitation to Participate in the Theory-of-Change Blog Symposium
This week, I posted pieces listing various goals that people in our community have had, strategies that some have used, and guidance about writing pieces for the symposium. I was inspired to write the posts after this summer’s Past-and-Future conference. In two full days at the conference with an amazing cast of presenters, we could … Continue reading Reflections on Our Field and Possibilities for Improvement
From EFOI Elayne Greenberg: The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s School of Law and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) invite you to participate in the eleventh annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, a competition of competence in the dispute resolution field. The Triathlon is the first and only competition to include negotiation, … Continue reading Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon
Part 1 of this series provided a long list of goals of people in our community. This post provides a non-exhaustive list of some of the many strategies that we have used to advance these goals. In developing realistic theories of change, it is important to consider contextual factors that may affect one’s efforts. This … Continue reading What’s Your Theory of Change for Dispute Resolution? – Part 2
Isn’t there a better way? Those words of former Chief Justice Warren Burger reflect the aspirations of our community for innovation and improvement of traditional processes of dispute resolution. Although he was not generally lauded for his jurisprudence, people in our field remember his early support for our ideas. In a 1982 speech to the … Continue reading What’s Your Theory of Change for Dispute Resolution? – Part 1
Alert readers know that I am worried about the future of DR in US law schools. There is a large cohort of senior law school faculty who are aging toward retirement with limited prospects of replacement with new faculty. It would be nice if, in the next 10-20 years, we could expect that law schools … Continue reading Infect a Colleague Today – and Next Year and the Year After That!
From AFFOI Rishi Batra: On Monday, July 29th, several law professors from around the country who teach alternative dispute resolution met at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference in Boca Raton, FL for a wide-ranging discussion entitled “Using Dispute Resolution Skills to Teach Current Events.” Among those present were Cynthia Alkon (Texas A&M), … Continue reading Using Dispute Resolution Skills to Teach Current Events
This post is by Rebekah Gordon, Northwestern School of Law, Class of 2020, with her reflections on the Past-and-Future conference. I will never forget my first experience in my mediation course. It all clicked for me. I found a class that allowed me to stretch my communication muscles in a legal context that wasn’t moot … Continue reading The Future is Calling. Don’t Hang It Up Yet!
This post is by Andrew Mamo, a lecturer and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School with his reflections about the Past-and-Future conference. My thanks to the organizers and participants at the “Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging the Future” conference. It was a tremendous gathering of so many individuals in our field — from those who … Continue reading Appreciating Our Legacy in Two Ways
BuzzFeed published a long article detailing Donald Trump’s long history of using arbitration clauses to keep his disputes secret. Not surprising. Of course, he’s not alone. [Click the title of this post to get the link to the article.]
The ABA Journal reported that US District Judge Dan Polster is considering certifying a class action in the massive opioid case specifically for negotiation. The class would consist of 33,000 cities, towns, and counties. The proposal could help protect against an unfair settlement that is reached by lawyers before approval by the class, proponents say. … Continue reading Possible Federal Class Negotiation in Opioid Case