Tag Archives: assessing interests and risks

LIRA Videos

This post collects several videos about the litigation interest and risk assessment (LIRA) techniques described in the book that Michaela Keet, Heather Heavin, and I wrote about the subject.  The videos may be of interest to academics, practitioners, and students.  The videos may be useful as resources used asynchronously in courses. Litigation Interest and Risk … Continue reading LIRA Videos

Do You Cover BATNA in Your Course?

If you teach students that it’s important to analyze their BATNAs, consider including material in your course on litigation interest and risk assessment, aka LIRA. Virtually every negotiation, mediation, and ADR survey course teaches students that they should figure out their BATNA when negotiating or mediating. That is sooooo much easier said than done, as … Continue reading Do You Cover BATNA in Your Course?

NYLS Wednesday Lunch Conversations

From F. Peter Phillips: New York Law School’s ADR Skills Program invites you to join… THE WEDNESDAY LUNCH SERIES: CONVERSATIONS in CONFLICT RESOLUTION Beginning May 20 and for every two weeks thereafter, New York Law School will offer informal and provocative conversations with interesting leaders in the field of conflict avoidance, management and resolution.  All … Continue reading NYLS Wednesday Lunch Conversations

LIRA @ CPR

This post summarizes presentations, data collected, and discussion in the “Risky Business: A Toolbox for Managing Litigation Interests and Risks” program on February 28, 2020 at CPR’s annual meeting.  There never is enough time to cover everything you want to say, so this post elaborates the discussion at the program. Based on our book, Litigation … Continue reading LIRA @ CPR

How to Calculate and Use BATNAs and Bottom Lines with LIRA

Everyone talks about knowing one’s BATNA in negotiation and mediation.  But that’s a lot easier said than done. In litigated cases, the value of the BATNA usually is the expected trial outcome, but that is notoriously hard to predict for many reasons.  The outcome of numerous legal and factual issues may depend on the evidence, … Continue reading How to Calculate and Use BATNAs and Bottom Lines with LIRA

Helping People Make Hard Decisions – And Making Them Ourselves

You are going to die.  Before then, you may endure extended periods of suffering from illnesses and injuries (especially from falling down), grisly side effects from medical treatments, chronic physical and mental deterioration, disconnection from your earlier life, loss of control, family conflict, and entanglement with the medical and insurance industries. Some of that misery … Continue reading Helping People Make Hard Decisions – And Making Them Ourselves

Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment

Recently, Rishi Batra, Heather Heavin, Michaela Keet, and I presented a program on negotiation theory at the Southeast Conference on Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. We focused primarily on litigation interest and risk assessment (LIRA).  This is the subject of a forthcoming ABA book, Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation … Continue reading Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment

Planning for Good Quality Decision-Making in Mediation Using PETSM

Canadian mediator Rick Weiler wrote a post on the Kluwer Mediation Blog raising concerns about whether predominant model of commercial mediation using a single three- or six-hour session promotes good decision-making by litigants.  He wrote:   The current commercial mediation model handed down over the past 30 years is working just fine for lawyers and … Continue reading Planning for Good Quality Decision-Making in Mediation Using PETSM

How Can Practitioners Help Clients Assess Their Interests and Risks in Litigation?

I recently visited our DR friends and colleagues at Quinnipiac, courtesy of an invitation from Charlie Pillsbury, the co-director of their Center on Dispute Resolution.  He invited me to give a talk as part of the Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop. Using the patented Stone Soup process of systematically eliciting input from audiences, I tested some … Continue reading How Can Practitioners Help Clients Assess Their Interests and Risks in Litigation?

Real-Life Account of Litigation Stress in Bill Cosby Case

I just wrote a post describing “litigation stress” that parties experience during litigation, noting that this can be particularly painful in some cases like those involving sexual assault allegations. Allegations of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh have been in the news a lot lately.  While these allegations aren’t being litigated in court, the process … Continue reading Real-Life Account of Litigation Stress in Bill Cosby Case

Reality-Testing Questions for Real Life and Simulations – and Ideas for Stone Soup Assignments

Litigation offers many potential benefits.  It can help people solve difficult problems, make relationships and institutions function properly, and promote justice.  It enables people to enlist legitimate, independent government officials to resolve disputes when the parties can’t resolve disputes themselves.  Indeed, litigation provides mechanisms for structuring dispute resolution processes that enable most parties to ultimately … Continue reading Reality-Testing Questions for Real Life and Simulations – and Ideas for Stone Soup Assignments