Most of this post reproduces a listserv message from TFOI Ben Davis expressing concern about universities’ plans for the fall semester. Like Ben, I am very alarmed about universities’ plans to hold classes in person considering how the virus is spiraling out of control in the US, unlike most other countries. Unfortunately, our political leaders … Continue reading University Planning for the Fall to Deal with the Crisis
The American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution (DR) Section’s new Fellowship program is accepting applications for its first cohort of Fellows. The program provides Fellows with opportunities to gain experience with the Section, and is aimed at grooming the next generation of leadership, while at the same time helping the Fellows to advance their careers … Continue reading ABA Dispute Resolution Section Fellowship Program
Respected mediator Michael Lang conducts monthly case consultation / reflective practice group sessions for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Mediation Committee. The next one is on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm, ET, and focuses on mediators causing impasses. Here’s the description of the program: Have you noticed that most things written for mediators … Continue reading Want to Talk About Mediators Causing Impasses?
If you have problems with BATNA theory, you aren’t the only one. Some people have privately shared their concerns with me, and I suspect that there are a lot of others who are “in the closet” and don’t express their concerns publicly because BATNAs are so widely taken for granted in our community. George Siedel’s … Continue reading BATNAs and the Emotional Pains from “Positional Negotiation”
Colleagues recently wrote two timely articles for Jurist, which is soliciting additional pieces. TFOI Ben Davis wrote The Business of Reopening Colleges and Universities in a Pandemic. GFOI Cheryl L. Wade and Elayne E. Greenberg wrote July 4, 2020: How Will We Celebrate? Ben reported that Jurist publisher Bernard Hibbits invites additional articles. If you … Continue reading Jurist Articles
From Sara del Nido Budish: The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is seeking applications for a Clinical Fellow. This role is a term position through June 30, 2022, open to those who earned their J.D. within the last 3 years. The fellow: Will provide regular oversight, supervision, and coaching to students involved in … Continue reading Clinical Fellow opening at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
The National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution will host a panel discussion and book launch on Wednesday, July 29 at 1 pm Eastern Time. The program is entitled “Dispute System Design for the 21st Century.” The book is Dispute Systems Design: Preventing, Managing and Resolving Conflict by Lisa Blomgren Amsler, Janet K. Martinez, and … Continue reading Dispute System Design Discussion on July 29
This fall, American universities will face their modern rendezvous with destiny as they make momentous decisions whether to protect large communities from death and disease. Most universities plan to conduct in-person classes and are likely to become semester-long virus incubators if they stick to those plans. The situation would be very different if all government … Continue reading How Do You Ask a Person to Be the Last Person to Die for a Mistake?
In a recent DRLE listserv colloquy, I threatened to save for another day an extended rant about why we are so doggone attracted to using confusing jargon. That day has arrived. What’s Wrong with BATNA and All the Other ATNAs? My mania was stimulated by an exchange of listserv posts about the use of BATNA … Continue reading BATNA’s Got to Go
From TFOI Kristen Blankley: COVID-19 has created additional need for legal services in many areas, including housing, consumer law, employment law, probate, family law, domestic violence advocacy, criminal law, among others. We all have substantive and process expertise in different areas, which means that we should have a great ability to fulfill our aspirational (or, … Continue reading Kristen Blankley: New Opportunities for Pro Bono in a Pandemic
Recently, mediate.com initiated publication of a series of pieces entitled Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age. Here’s the introduction. Every Friday for the next seven weeks, Mediate.com will be publishing a series of peer reviewed articles under the collective title Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age. The objective of the Seven Keys is … Continue reading Mediate.com Publishes “Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age”
GFOI and tech guru Colin Rule has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Mediate.com. Jim Melamed, the company’s co-founder and CEO for 25 years, is now chair of the board and general counsel. Colin is well-known for his visionary thinking and pioneering work in ODR. He became the first director of ODR for … Continue reading ODR Pioneer Colin Rule Named Mediate.com CEO