Stone Soup Mini-Course: More About Macaulay’s Noncontractual Relations in Business Article

In the last post in this Stone Soup mini-course, I summarized Stewart Macaulay’s classic article using qualitative methods, Noncontractual Relations in Business.  This post elaborates. When I was a sociology grad student at Wisconsin, I got a chance to meet Stewart Macaulay, a really charming guy who was on the law school faculty.  I remember … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course: More About Macaulay’s Noncontractual Relations in Business Article

Stone Soup Mini-Course: Cool Qualitative Research

The last lesson in the Stone Soup mini-course cautioned about having exaggerated confidence in quantitative research about dispute resolution.  This lesson is intended as an antidote to unwarranted skepticism about qualitative research by describing some examples of great qualitative research.  Both types of methods are valuable, especially when used in combination.  I focus particularly on … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course: Cool Qualitative Research

Stone Soup Mini-Course:  What Is Knowledge?

I know (?) that this sounds like another one of my dumb questions. But since academics and other professionals are in the knowledge business, it’s worth our considering the question, which we will discuss in this installment of the Stone Soup mini-course. We all know that 2+2=4, Google is a search engine, and murder is … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course:  What Is Knowledge?

Changes Coming to Creighton

From EFOI Jackie Font-Guzmán: Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce a new development for the Program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) at Creighton University which will enhance our capacity to serve Creighton students, to engage the greater Creighton and Omaha communities and beyond, and to contribute to the field of conflict engagement.  The NCR … Continue reading Changes Coming to Creighton

FINRA Arbitrator Writes Explained Award To Create Precedent

Whether an arbitration award should include reasons, authorities or other explanation remains hotly debated. In securities arbitration, despite pressure from investor advocates to add transparency to the FINRA forum by requiring arbitrators to issue explained awards, FINRA’s current rule requires a panel to include an explanation in an award only upon a joint request from … Continue reading FINRA Arbitrator Writes Explained Award To Create Precedent

SEC Office of Investor Advocate Praises Securities Arbitration Clinics

Congress created the Office of the Investor Advocate of the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 to, among other things, “(A) assist retail investors in resolving significant problems such investors may have with the Commission or with self-regulatory organizations (SROs); (B) identify areas in which investors would benefit from changes in the regulations of the Commission … Continue reading SEC Office of Investor Advocate Praises Securities Arbitration Clinics

Introduction to the Stone Soup Project Mini-Course

This is the first installment of an online mini-course about social science research methods relevant to the Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project.  When considering whether to develop a database, some people expressed concerns about the value and validity of the case reports we contemplated.  I think that some of these concerns were based on … Continue reading Introduction to the Stone Soup Project Mini-Course

2017 Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

From WFOI 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 ninth annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, a competition of competence in the dispute resolution field. The triathlon is the first and only competition to … Continue reading 2017 Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

Challenges in Motivating Law Students to Learn

I write occasionally for the Best Practices in Legal Education blog and I recently posted the following: This post riffs on this post, which describes benefits of formative assessments and suggests some ways to do them.  It cites research showing that rewards aren’t sufficient motivation for students to learn and argues that using good formative … Continue reading Challenges in Motivating Law Students to Learn

Consumer Redress: A Changing Tide?

The ABA recently published The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection by my colleague, Amy Schmitz, and ODR guru, Colin Rule. The Global Pound Conference Blog just published a summary of a chapter in their book.  The post outlines a history of challenges in resolving consumer disputes, describes the next … Continue reading Consumer Redress: A Changing Tide?