If “conflict resolution” happened in a forest, and nobody was around to facilitate it, would it still be “conflict resolution”? In an article in the most recent Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Patricia Orr, Kirk Emerson, and Dale Keyes report on the development of an evaluation framework for conflict resolution practice in environmental and natural resource disputes. … Continue reading Defining Environmental “Conflict Resolution”
This past weekend, the Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution here at Marquette hosted noted scholar Bernie Mayer. Bernie was mostly speaking about his book, Beyond Neutrality and, on Saturday, was invited in a point-counterpoint format to discuss his arguments with equally well-noted practitioner Howard Bellman. One point of the discussion was about Bernie’s argument, outlined … Continue reading Crisis in Dispute Resolution?
Interesting and informative post on Pyett v. 14 Penn Plaza from Rick Bales at Workplace Prof Blog. Rick and I participated on a panel on recently decided and to be decided Supreme Court cases at the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution Conference during the first week of April. His post can be found at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/laborprof_blog/2008/04/pyett-and-arbit.html … Continue reading Rick Bales on Pyett; Commentary by Cole
Many of us were privileged last week at the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution conference in Seattle to hear from Linda Babcock about her new book, Ask for It. This new book is her answer to her previous work, Women Don’t Ask in which she reviews studies (conducted by herself and others) demonstrating that women … Continue reading Ask for It
In one of her blog entries following the Supreme Court’s Hall Street v Mattel decision, Sarah Cole wondered whether the restrictive reading of FAA s10 and s11 left any space for “manifest disregard” and any other judicially-created grounds for arbitral review. Sarah concluded, I think correctly, that manifest disregard appears safe. And as she points … Continue reading Hall Street v. Mattel and “Public Policy”
As the Chair-Elect of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), I’m responsible for organizing the Section’s workshop for its annual meeting in January, 2009. I’ve had the good fortune to work with a wonderful group of colleagues (including my fellow bloggers) on this project. We’ve decided on a … Continue reading Dispute Resolution in the Year 2050 (Or Maybe Just 2025)
Shameless self-promotion alert! Earlier today, I posted my first draft of an article entitled The Four Ways to Assure Mediator Quality (and why none of them work) I gave a presentation by the same title at Harvard Law School’s Dispute Resolution Forum about six weeks ago, and this draft reflects much of the feedback I … Continue reading The Four Ways to Assure Mediator Quality (and why none of them work)
Last week, I returned from a trip to Europe with 21 law students–an exercise in dispute resolution itself! Seriously, we had a wonderful time and I will, no doubt, be blogging about some of the lessons/speakers/institutions we visited for some time. Today, I wanted to write about our meeting with Professor Alain Verbeke of the … Continue reading Bye, Bye Belgium?
Jay Folberg, Executive Director of the JAMS Foundation, recently sent out an announcement about the JAMS-sponsored Weinstein International Fellowship and about the foundation’s call for proposals regarding conflict resolution training for school teachers. Unless I lose another battle with the technology underlying this blog, I will post the announcements below. I believe the information is … Continue reading JAMS Announces a Fellowship Opportunity and a Call for Proposals
Rick Bales reports on Labor Prof blog at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/laborprof_blog/2008/03/amicus-opportun.html that: Imre Szalai (California Western) is organizing an amicus brief of law professors to be filed in Vaden v. Discover Bank, 07-773. Vaden presents the issue, as described by SCOTUSBlog, of whether a suit seeking to enforce an arbitration obligation under state law is within the … Continue reading Opportunity to Participate in Vaden Amicus Brief
Although I am not a big believer in the US News ranking system, today, US News released the Dispute Resolution Program rankings, along with their overall law school rankings. You can find the dispute resolution rankings here: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/law/dispute. The rankings are as follows: 1. Pepperdine 2. Harvard, University of Missouri-Columbia 4. Hamline 5. Ohio State … Continue reading US News Ranks Law School Dispute Resolution Programs
For those of us who have been looking forward to mediation becoming part of the popular culture, another sign that this might happen is the latest career rankings from US News. According to US News, a mediator is one of the best careers for 2008. The site on US News describes the job relatively accurately, … Continue reading One of the 31 Best Careers in 2008? Mediator!