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
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
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
This is a Stone Soup continuing education report about the program on Stone Soup course assignments at the ABA conference, “Lessons From the Stone Soup Project and Ideas for the Future.” The program included an overview of the Stone Soup Project (SSP), presentations by four colleagues who used Stone Soup in their courses, and Q&A … Continue reading Stone Soup: Q&A at the ABA
“[I]f . . . I act for the Big Bad Wolf against Little Red Riding Hood and I don’t want this dispute resolved, I want to tie it up as long as I possibly can, and mandatory mediation is custom made. I can waste more time, I can string it along, I can make sure … Continue reading A Good Bad-Faith Policy?
We all know about situations when people say that they really like the idea of ADR, but it’s not appropriate in their particular case. Sometimes there are very good reasons not to use an ADR process. Other times, not so much. There may be similarities in some people’s reaction to the idea of using a … Continue reading Stone Soup: It’s a Great Idea But . . .
This post summarizes a status report on the Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project, describes possible next steps, and invites your input and participation. I encourage you to consider how you might incorporate Stone Soup in your plans for next year. In particular, this post describes choices you might make in using … Continue reading The Stone Soup Project Needs YOU!
I love the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution annual conferences. They always put on a wide array of wonderful sessions and it’s a great time to connect with friends, old and new. As in the past, I am listing some sessions that particularly intrigue me. This reflects my idiosyncratic tastes and it would be a … Continue reading ABA Conference Sessions You Might Enjoy
Thanks to the Stone Soup faculty for providing information on their courses which I used to update the roster of the inaugural cohort of these pioneering faculty and their Stone Soup courses. Since we started the Project about a year ago, we have engaged almost 1000 students in 40 classes covering 12 subjects, taught by … Continue reading Stone Soup: Update on Faculty and Courses — And Invitation to Join the Team
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Young Scholars Project has invited law students and new lawyers to attend this year’s annual conference and act as reporters for certain programs at the conference. This project is designed to engage younger people in our field and the Section. If you see them at the conference, please introduce … Continue reading You Can Make Stone Soup at the ABA Conference
Faculty using Stone Soup assignments have required students to write papers summarizing interviews or observations of actual cases. Like the assignments themselves, these papers vary quite a bit, as illustrated below. This post provides sample papers to give faculty ideas about what you might assign your classes in the future and provide papers you might … Continue reading Stone Soup: Student Papers From Gely’s Negotiation, Simcox’s Trust & Estates, and Dauber’s Evidence Courses
Following this exchange on the blog, Lainey Feingold emailed me asking for advice about using Stone Soup in an upcoming Structured Negotiation training for lawyers and advocates from legal services organizations. The training would include a case study and two role-play exercises. She asked if there are some Stone Soup questions she might ask and … Continue reading Stone Soup: How to Make the Most in a Continuing Education Program