Comings, Goings, and Other Milestones – 2018 edition (updated)

Every year I do my best to keep track of faculty moves and other items of note for posting at the beginning of the academic year to spread the news.  We’re light on moves this year – none (really?) – but there are several prominent visitors and some interesting openings for next year.   And scroll … Continue reading Comings, Goings, and Other Milestones – 2018 edition (updated)

Tenth Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

From TFOI 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 tenth 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 Tenth Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

Bill Drake (1944 – 2018): The Passing of an ADR Pioneer

Summarizing Bill Drake’s career is a task poorly suited for a blog post. He was a pioneer in creating integrated approaches to conflict and dispute systems, with a particular focus early in his career on city-level initiatives. He helped to run NIDR early on. He advised ACCORD. He ran the Western Justice Center Foundation. And … Continue reading Bill Drake (1944 – 2018): The Passing of an ADR Pioneer

Use of Arbitration Agreement to Silence Omarosa

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former Trump White House aide, just published a tell-all book and the Trump campaign filed an arbitration action alleging that she broke a 2016 confidentiality agreement. According to this Washington Post article, “Initially, [White House Counsel Donald] McGahn told Trump he would not draft or give aides the [non-disclosure agreements] because … Continue reading Use of Arbitration Agreement to Silence Omarosa

Collected Stone Soup Resources

The Stone Soup Project developed an extensive set of materials for faculty to help their students get a better understanding of the real world of practice.  This post collects links to these materials  in one place so that faculty can easily include a Stone Soup assignment in a wide range of courses.  Although these materials … Continue reading Collected Stone Soup Resources

Rachel Viscomi, Harvard Assistant Clinical Professor

Announcement yesterday from Harvard Law School that Rachel Viscomi has been appointed as an assistant clinical professor of law. She will also direct Harvard’s Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. Full press release at (https://today.law.harvard.edu/rachel-viscomi-named-assistant-clinical-professor-law/). Rachel’s energy is hard to capture in a blog post, but I suspect that anyone reading this doesn’t need for me … Continue reading Rachel Viscomi, Harvard Assistant Clinical Professor

Readings and Resources for Teaching

As you gear up for the new year, here’s a reminder of some of my favorite things you might require or recommend that students read. My short “Letter to Kelly” provides advice for new 1Ls.  If you teach a 1L course, you might assign it even though it doesn’t focus on any particular 1L subject. … Continue reading Readings and Resources for Teaching

A Case Study of Murphy’s Law in Missouri

Ben Trachtenberg, one of the sharpest faculty at my school, wrote this outstanding article analyzing what went wrong during the highly-publicized controversies at the University of Missouri in 2015.  Having lived through this painful conflict, Ben’s account seems extremely accurate – and brings up a lot of sad memories for me, reminding me of things … Continue reading A Case Study of Murphy’s Law in Missouri