You have probably heard the saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” It suggests that everyone can make changes in their lives regardless of any changes in their circumstances (or lack thereof). My circumstances are changing. Yesterday was my last day of teaching classes as a full-time faculty member. I … Continue reading The First Day of the Rest of My Life
Here’s a mug shot of this motley crew when I caught up with them in 2011. And here’s one of them (yikes, us) last week (sans Paul, Jen, and yours truly). As you can see, they are sharper and better lubricated now.
Our own Sarah Cole, Jill Gross, and Andrea Schneider, along with Tim Hedeen and Nancy Welsh, led an excellent session at the ABA conference entitled, “How Being Angry Leads to Good Research.” They said that perceptions of “injustice, bias, discrimination and wrongdoing” have motivated them and others to do valuable research. Jean Sternlight, when accepting … Continue reading Why We Write
I think that it is accurate to say that at the ABA DR Section Conference we had a lively session entitled, “Everything You Know About Dispute Resolution is Wrong – Can You Handle the Truth?” (At least it was lively for those who were able to squeeze into the room and not for the people … Continue reading Everything I Know About Dispute Resolution is Wrong – Especially What You Say About It
I love going to the ABA conference. This is my annual reunion with my best friends – and a chance to make new ones. I am completely unbiased but I think that our folks have good hearts and do great work. It was very touching to see my good friend and former colleague, Jean Sternlight, … Continue reading I LOVE the ABA Conference
We haven’t finished this year’s courses and we’re already planning for next year. Over this summer, I plan to update the syllabi on the DRLE webpage. That webpage has some syllabi that are over 15 years old and I want to update old syllabi and add new ones. I invite instructors to send me your … Continue reading NEW!!! and IMPROVED!!! Teaching Resources
Sharon Press, at Hamline, sent the following announcement on the DRLE listserv and I want to repeat it and encourage you to think RIGHT NOW what you might share at the ABA conference — in just 10 days. Yikes! Professor Bobbi McAdoo and I thought we’d try something slightly different for the Professor Resource Share … Continue reading Please Share a Resource — and Do it Now
I am fascinated to learn behind-the-scenes stories of high-profile negotiations, like the negotiation over Iranian nuclear capabilities, which the New York Times just described. Interesting tidbit: the negotiators used an erasable whiteboard so that the Iranians didn’t have a document they could send back to their superiors in Tehran. Another unusual arrangement: “[T]he Iranians did … Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the Iranian Nuclear Negotiation
You are cordially invited to this program at the ABA conference in Seattle, which will take place on Friday, April 17, from 3-4:15, in the Orcas Room. My partners in crime for this caper are Alyson Carrel, Jim Coben, and Noam Ebner. Here’s the idea for our program – How many times have you heard … Continue reading Everything You Know about Dispute Resolution is Wrong – Can You Handle the Truth?
BARBRI’s “State of the Legal Field Survey” reports that “71 percent of 3L law students believe they possess sufficient practice skills. In contrast, only 23 percent of practicing attorneys who work at companies that hire recent law school graduates believe recent law school graduates possess sufficient practice skills.” This finding is puzzling and astounding. It … Continue reading Illusions of Competence
I was surprised to read an article in the New York Times indicating that the system of using bar exams to license lawyers “is facing a new round of scrutiny — not just from the test takers but from law school deans and some state legal establishments.” The article quotes Kristin Booth Glen, former dean … Continue reading Erosion of Support for Bar Exam System
As you may have seen on the DRLE listserv, Jean Sternlight (UNLV) will receive this year’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference next month. UNLV has named Hal Abramson (Touro) and Lisa Blomgren Amsler (Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs) as its first Saltman Senior Scholars. Last … Continue reading Awards and Recognitions