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FMCS Seeks Collaboration with Universities

Forwarded by GFOI Lara Fowler: The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) believes that there is a great mutual benefit to be gained through collaboration with academic institutions.  FMCS mediators, with their wealth of practical experience, have much to contribute to the learning and research in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  At the … Continue reading FMCS Seeks Collaboration with Universities

Inspiring Message from Rachel Viscomi About Moving Forward

Here’s an inspiring message from TTFOI Rachel Viscomi: Dear friends and colleagues, As the United States engages a deeply consequential election, one thing I know for certain is that, whatever the final tally shows, we have a long road ahead of us.  The election, while vitally important, can only do so much.  It can tell … Continue reading Inspiring Message from Rachel Viscomi About Moving Forward

Need for Clear Language Initiative to un-Babel Our Models

Houston, We Have a Problem I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  We use rotten language to describe our ideas and theories. Theory is important because it guides actions.  Concepts are building blocks of theory. It’s a real problem if we use different language for similar concepts or the same terms for different … Continue reading Need for Clear Language Initiative to un-Babel Our Models

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference – April 14-17, 2021

From the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution: The 23rd Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference will take place on April 14 – 17, 2021 in Los Angeles and online. The 2021 Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Spring Conference will continue our tradition of excellent and innovative educational programs along with social and networking events.  … Continue reading ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference – April 14-17, 2021

How Many People Will Preventably Die or Get Ill if Universities Hold Classes in Person? – Part 2

This builds on a previous post discussing problems with plans to teach in-person classes in the fall. Most of this post reproduces a listserv message from TFOI Ben Davis expressing concern about universities’ plans for the fall semester. Like Ben, I am very alarmed about universities’ plans to hold classes in person considering how the … Continue reading How Many People Will Preventably Die or Get Ill if Universities Hold Classes in Person? – Part 2

ABA Dispute Resolution Section Fellowship Program

The American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution (DR) Section’s new Fellowship program is accepting applications for its first cohort of Fellows.  The program provides Fellows with opportunities to gain experience with the Section, and is aimed at grooming the next generation of leadership, while at the same time helping the Fellows to advance their careers … Continue reading ABA Dispute Resolution Section Fellowship Program

If You’re Not Part of the Solution . . .

Just shy of a year ago, many of us gathered at Pepperdine to appreciate the legacy of our movement and engage the future. How time flies. Since then, our world has been overtaken by a pandemic that is fundamentally altering all of our lives as well as an outpouring of rage about the history of … Continue reading If You’re Not Part of the Solution . . .

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