All posts by John Lande

Some Puffing Sucks . . . But Developing Good Relationships Is More Likely to be Effective than a New Rule

“Oh Boy! A fight.” That’s often what I say in class when students vigorously disagree. I like these “fights” because they usually lead to helpful discussions that clarify differing views.   So when Andrea wrote her post, Puffing Sucks, I thought, “Oh Boy! A fight.”   She argues that puffing is “[l]ying, through and through,” … Continue reading Some Puffing Sucks . . . But Developing Good Relationships Is More Likely to be Effective than a New Rule

Resources about the FRCP and Legal Education

I am one of several people on the LEAPS committee who scans certain blogs to identify people who may not be familiar with LEAPS and let them know about it. So I subscribe to the Best Practices for Legal Education blog and the blog for IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal … Continue reading Resources about the FRCP and Legal Education

What is Negotiation?, Part 2

We often think of negotiation as a distinct and climactic phase of a dispute. Interactions leading up to the final settlement event are often considered merely as preparation, if that. In litigated cases, we often ignore the litigation as if it was largely irrelevant to the information available and the dynamics in negotiation. I base … Continue reading What is Negotiation?, Part 2

To Puff or Not to Puff . . . (or When and How to Puff)

I love teaching law students about misrepresentation in negotiation. I call this class, “lying like a lawyer.”   Of course, civilians (i.e., non-lawyers) regularly fudge the facts, let’s call it. While it might be nice if there were bright-line norms of scrupulous honesty that were universally followed, that’s never gonna happen.   I’m no expert … Continue reading To Puff or Not to Puff . . . (or When and How to Puff)

What is Negotiation?

I know that this sounds like another one of my dumb questions.   But the meaning of negotiation is surprisingly opaque. People have very different ideas about this. And the definition you choose has important practical implications.   I stumbled onto this problem as I studied and taught negotiation in recent years. In a forthcoming … Continue reading What is Negotiation?

University of Missouri Symposium on Judges and Judicial Education Contains Insights for Dispute Resolution Scholars

My indefatigable colleague, S. I. Strong, organized an impressive symposium on judicial education and describes the relevance to DR as follows:   On October 9-10, the University of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution (CSDR) convened its annual symposium, this year focusing on “Judicial Education and the Art of Judging: From Myth to … Continue reading University of Missouri Symposium on Judges and Judicial Education Contains Insights for Dispute Resolution Scholars

Interested in International Commercial Mediation and Conciliation?

My colleague, S. I. Strong, is conducting a survey and invites you to participate:   I am writing to invite you to complete an anonymous electronic survey that will form part of a research project entitled “Perceptions and Use of International Commercial Mediation and Conciliation” that I am conducting in conjunction with the Center for … Continue reading Interested in International Commercial Mediation and Conciliation?

Hello

I am thrilled to join my good friends on the Indisputably blog. I will semi-retire from teaching at the end of this academic year and this seems like a good time for me to start blogging. I have been very touched by friends who said that my retirement will be a loss for Missouri and … Continue reading Hello