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?
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
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
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
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
Alert readers know that I am worried about the future of DR in US law schools. There is a large cohort of senior law school faculty who are aging toward retirement with limited prospects of replacement with new faculty. It would be nice if, in the next 10-20 years, we could expect that law schools … Continue reading Infect a Colleague Today – and Next Year and the Year After That!
“Mediators equalize the power between the parties.” Have you heard that claim? I used to hear it with some frequency, though (fortunately) not much lately. Considering this idea even for a nano-second, obviously it is wildly optimistically untrue as a generalization – and it doesn’t even make sense in individual cases. Some of the discussion … Continue reading For Pragmatic Romanticism About ADR, Understanding Why the “Haves” Come Out Ahead
This post includes a variety of reflections from the Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging the Future conference in June. The conference was co-sponsored by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and the Aggie Dispute Resolution Program, Texas A&M University School of Law in cooperation with a ton of law school … Continue reading Reflections from the Past-and-Future Conference
From Melissa Buckley at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution: The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is now accepting proposals for programs for the 2020 Spring Conference in New Orleans on April 22-25, 2020. Program proposals must be submitted by Monday, September 2nd at 5 pm ET. The 2020 conference will be an excellent opportunity … Continue reading The ABA DR Section is now accepting program proposals for New Orleans
The “Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging the Future” conference was very rich, with a wonderful collection of presenters in our field covering a wide range of issues. We could only scratch the surface of the subjects considering the wide scope of issues we addressed and we would like to continue the conversation on the blog. … Continue reading Let’s Continue the Great Conversation from Pepperdine
At the upcoming Pepperdine Past-and-Future Conference, much of the discussion will be about engaging the real world of dispute resolution. This post recommends that to help do this, we develop a common language of dispute resolution and increasingly use qualitative research methods. We Should Set a Top Priority to Develop Clearer Common Language of DR … Continue reading Understanding Actual DR Practice and Communicating Clearly About It
This sounds like another one of my dumb questions. It arose again for me at the ABA conference when many folks affectionately said that I am one of the busiest retired people they know. The question reflects a common assumption of a false dichotomy between working and not working. Rather than being a simple binary … Continue reading What is Retirement?