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Oregon’s Alternative Pathway to the Bar Proves Popular

Here are excerpts from an article in the ABA Journal: Oregon’s new Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination that allows ABA-accredited law school graduates to join the state’s bar by working closely with a supervising attorney instead of taking the bar exam is gaining traction with candidates and potential employers. … The additional pathway allows applicants to … Continue reading Oregon’s Alternative Pathway to the Bar Proves Popular

Follow-up to SEC’s Stay of Rule Change Barring NARs in FINRA Arbitration

Earlier this year, I blogged here about the SEC’s staying of a rule change (previously approved by the SEC) to FINRA’s arbitration rules barring non-attorney representatives (NARs) from representing parties in its forum. The Stay Order was an extremely unusual move by the SEC, and certainly raised many questions. I just became aware [catching up … Continue reading Follow-up to SEC’s Stay of Rule Change Barring NARs in FINRA Arbitration

DCP Provides Resources for Teaching Students How to Manage Difficult Conversations

Perhaps your university has asked you, as a dispute resolution expert, what can be done quickly in a fall semester orientation or another one- to two-hour context. If so, the Divided Community Project at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law offers colleges and universities two new videos with accompanying checklists and a facilitation … Continue reading DCP Provides Resources for Teaching Students How to Manage Difficult Conversations

Preparing Law Students for Real-World Practice

This short article summarizes a program entitled Pracademically Speaking:  Incorporating Real-World Legal Practice Into the Curriculum at the Legal Educators Colloquium during the annual conference of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.  Debra Berman and Denise Peterson (South Texas College of Law Houston) and I gave the presentations. The article describes problems with legal curricula, … Continue reading Preparing Law Students for Real-World Practice

ABA Adopts Policy Encouraging Early Dispute Resolution

At its midyear meeting, the ABA House of Delegates unanimously approved Resolution 500, which states: That the American Bar Association urges lawyers and all interested parties to increase the informed and voluntary use of Early Dispute Resolution: party-directed, non-adjudicative approaches to resolve disputes in a time-efficient and cost-effective manner, including, but not limited to, direct … Continue reading ABA Adopts Policy Encouraging Early Dispute Resolution

Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Mediation Skills

This short article uses Real Practice Systems (RPS) theory to identify things that mediators can do to improve their mediation skills. Mediators can begin by recognizing that they have a complex mediation practice system if they mediate regularly.  The article includes links to a short video and articles to help them understand their unique systems. … Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Mediation Skills

Nevada Will Consider Three-Stage Process to Join Bar

The movement to license lawyers in ways other than simply passing a bar exam is marching on. According to an article in the ABA Journal: The Nevada Supreme Court is considering a proposal to shift its licensure process to a three-stage assessment echoing the process for medical doctors. According to the proposal submitted April 1, … Continue reading Nevada Will Consider Three-Stage Process to Join Bar

Ready, Set, Mediate!

This post summarizes the discussion in a program entitled “Ready, Set, Mediate!” at the recent Court ADR Symposium.  The program about helping parties prepare for mediation sessions was part of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s annual conference.  This post includes the audience’s experiences of problems due to inadequate preparation for mediation sessions and a … Continue reading Ready, Set, Mediate!

Call for submissions: Pop Culture Simulations for Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Teaching

From Noam Ebner: Hi all, It was so great to see so many of you at ABA-DR! [including, those I got to see but not actually speak with, there was a lot going on…] I’m writing to share the call for simulations I announced at the conference’s Resource Share session with the wider listserv community. … Continue reading Call for submissions: Pop Culture Simulations for Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Teaching

Resolution Systems Institute is hiring a remote researcher!

If you are interested in this opportunity to join a great team, please apply according to the announcement below. If you have questions, reach out to Jennifer Shack, friend of Indisputably, at jshack@aboutrsi.org ResearcherResolution Systems Institute – Chicago – RemoteDo you want to conduct cutting-edge research with a purpose? Join Resolution Systems Institute and make … Continue reading Resolution Systems Institute is hiring a remote researcher!