Stone Soup in 2L and 3L Courses

The Stone Soup Project is about learning how things actually work in practice.  Exposing students to the real world of practice through interviews or observations of actual cases can help them make sense of legal doctrine. Although we have started using Stone Soup in traditional ADR courses, the same techniques can work in a wide … Continue reading Stone Soup in 2L and 3L Courses

Stone Soup in 1L Courses

Many colleagues see an obvious benefit from using Stone Soup assignments in traditional dispute resolution courses but have doubts about using them in other courses, especially 1L courses.  At the ABA Legal Educators’ Colloquium, some people worried that using Stone Soup in 1L courses would overwhelm students. That shouldn’t necessarily be the case, especially if … Continue reading Stone Soup in 1L Courses

Lisa Blomgren Amsler Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Here’s the first paragraph of a press release from Marquis Who’s Who: “Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Lisa Blomgren Amsler with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Ms. Amsler (nee Blomgren, and formerly Bingham) celebrates many years’ experience in her professional network, and … Continue reading Lisa Blomgren Amsler Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Conflict Resolution Faculty Position at Cornell ILR

From Cornell’s Alex Colvin: The ILR School at Cornell is searching for a faculty position in conflict resolution. Applications are welcome; please pass along to any interested individuals. Details at the link below. Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Conflict Resolution https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11371 The ILR School at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty … Continue reading Conflict Resolution Faculty Position at Cornell ILR

What’s Wrong with Superheroes?

Having recently railed against the popularity of superhero movies, I was struck by the themes in the new animated film, Incredibles 2, a satire of the superhero genre.  One major theme is about people’s problematic desires for superheroes. A speech by the villain summarizes the critique of people’s dependence on superheroes.  She says: “Screenslaver interrupts … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Superheroes?

Mosten and Cordover’s New Collaborative Law Book

You probably know – or at least know of – Forrest (Woody) Mosten.  He is the award-winning mediator, lawyer, and peacemaker who is called the “father of unbundling,” referring to the process of offering legal clients discrete services as distinct from a complete bundled representation, as lawyers traditionally provide.  He also is a prominent collaborative … Continue reading Mosten and Cordover’s New Collaborative Law Book

Stone Soup in Canada

Last month, Michaela Keet (Saskatchewan), Martha Simmons (Osgoode Hall), Gemma Smyth (Windsor), and I gave a presentation about the Stone Soup Project at the joint annual conference of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) and Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT). You can click on the following powerpoint to get an overview of … Continue reading Stone Soup in Canada

Call for Proposals for ABA Conference

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is calling for proposals for the 2019 Spring Conference.  The theme is “Shining the Light on Parties: Enhancing the Experience of ADR Users.” The 2019 Annual Spring Conference will be held on April 10-13, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here is a brief sketch of … Continue reading Call for Proposals for ABA Conference

Falsified Job Offer from another University Leads to Criminal Charges for Colorado State Chemistry Professor

When teaching negotiation ethics, it is important to discuss false offers being used as leverage in negotiation.  In my experience, most people use them when time is short and the existence of the competing offer cannot be verified – which makes it difficult to know what to do.  From here on out, use this example … Continue reading Falsified Job Offer from another University Leads to Criminal Charges for Colorado State Chemistry Professor

The President’s Negotiation Skills…

In advance of the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, colleague Marty Latz published this column in Politico this week:  Why Trump’s Aggressive Tactics Make Him a Less Effective Negotiator.  Marty argues, after studying his entire career, that while Trump touts his negotiation skills and thinks that this meeting with Putin will be his easiest, he … Continue reading The President’s Negotiation Skills…

How Should ADR Folks Participate in a Grand Real-Time Negotiation?

President Trump is scheduled to have a summit meeting with Russian President Putin on Monday.  The timing of this meeting right after the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials demonstrates the bizarre political situation we are in. Mr. Trump seeks a close relationship with a foreign leader whose top spies systematically interfered in our elections … Continue reading How Should ADR Folks Participate in a Grand Real-Time Negotiation?