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Decision-Making as an Essential Element of Our Field

Several contributors to the Theory-of-Change book suggested that we should reconceptualize our field, shifting away from defining it in terms of particular dispute resolution procedures such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. I think that this idea makes sense, and this post suggests that we should include a decision-making lens that may be part of a … Continue reading Decision-Making as an Essential Element of Our Field

Lots of Educational Programs

There are a lot of continuing professional educational programs coming up and here are the ones I have heard about lately. ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference For readers of this blog, the biggie is the virtual conference of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution all next week.  Be there or be square. The Section … Continue reading Lots of Educational Programs

(Some of) My Favorite Resources

In its monthly newsletter, the Resolution Systems Institute (RSI) publishes interviews with various people about their “favorite resources.”  The March 2020 issue includes the following interview of me.  As you will see, I describe a number of resources reflecting my bias for those I developed.  This is only a sample of valuable resources in our … Continue reading (Some of) My Favorite Resources

Dear Committee Members

The coronavirus has disrupted the lives of almost everyone on earth.  People are stopping much of our daily routines and canceling travel plans, large and small.  Practically every sector of society is adjusting, with many canceling activities.  As people’s time opens up, our options for spending time are drying up.  March Madness and other sporting … Continue reading Dear Committee Members

Send Your Resources for the ABA LEC Resource Share

From SFOI Sharon Press: Greetings everyone! The Legal Educators’ Colloquium and the Legal Educators’ Resource Share at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference in New Orleans is less than 7 weeks away so it is time to send in what you want to share. This year’s event will take place on Friday, April 24 … Continue reading Send Your Resources for the ABA LEC Resource Share

Here’s Your Theory-of-Change Book

Your wait for the Theory-of-Change book is over.  I just posted this priceless volume, Theories of Change for the Dispute Resolution Movement: Actionable Ideas to Revitalize Our Movement.  It’s all yours, absolutely free!  Just click here to get your copy. For regular readers of this blog, most – but not all – of the pieces … Continue reading Here’s Your Theory-of-Change Book

Would You Like to Write a Book – and Support the ABA?

Consider the benefits of writing a book.  Of course, there may be benefits to you personally, such as enhancing your reputation and advancing your career.  By writing a book, you have the opportunity to share your ideas with a larger and wider range of readers than with law review articles. There also are potential benefits … Continue reading Would You Like to Write a Book – and Support the ABA?

Invitation to Participate in the Theory-of-Change Blog Symposium

I invite you to participate in Theory-of-Change blog symposium. I recently posted pieces listing various goals that people in our community have had, strategies that some have used, and reflections on the process of considering these issues for our field. I invited academics, practitioners, administrators, and researchers, among others, in the US and other countries … Continue reading Invitation to Participate in the Theory-of-Change Blog Symposium

Reflections on Our Field and Possibilities for Improvement

This week, I posted pieces listing various goals that people in our community have had, strategies that some have used, and guidance about writing pieces for the symposium. I was inspired to write the posts after this summer’s Past-and-Future conference.  In two full days at the conference with an amazing cast of presenters, we could … Continue reading Reflections on Our Field and Possibilities for Improvement

What’s Your Theory of Change for Dispute Resolution? – Part 2

Part 1 of this series provided a long list of goals of people in our community.  This post provides a non-exhaustive list of some of the many strategies that we have used to advance these goals.  In developing realistic theories of change, it is important to consider contextual factors that may affect one’s efforts.  This … Continue reading What’s Your Theory of Change for Dispute Resolution? – Part 2

What’s Your Theory of Change for Dispute Resolution? – Part 1

Isn’t there a better way? Those words of former Chief Justice Warren Burger reflect the aspirations of our community for innovation and improvement of traditional processes of dispute resolution.  Although he was not generally lauded for his jurisprudence, people in our field remember his early support for our ideas.  In a 1982 speech to the … Continue reading What’s Your Theory of Change for Dispute Resolution? – Part 1