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
This part of the symposium includes several pieces focusing on key skills in legal and dispute resolution practice. Lisa Amsler highlights the importance of interpersonal and process skills as technology is radically changing legal practice. Russ Bleemer identifies deficiencies in mediators’ listening behaviors as mediation practice becomes routinized, and he encourages mediators to keep focusing … Continue reading Theory of Change Symposium – Part 4
I am thrilled that so many people already have expressed interest in participating in the Theory-of-Change Symposium described in recent posts. So far, 26 people said that they will write a piece and 10 more people are considering doing so. I expect that others will participate as well. These include faculty, practitioners, directors of mediation … Continue reading Contributions to the Theory-of-Change 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
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!
This post is by Rebekah Gordon, Northwestern School of Law, Class of 2020, with her reflections on the Past-and-Future conference. I will never forget my first experience in my mediation course. It all clicked for me. I found a class that allowed me to stretch my communication muscles in a legal context that wasn’t moot … Continue reading The Future is Calling. Don’t Hang It Up Yet!
This post is by Andrew Mamo, a lecturer and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School with his reflections about the Past-and-Future conference. My thanks to the organizers and participants at the “Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging the Future” conference. It was a tremendous gathering of so many individuals in our field — from those who … Continue reading Appreciating Our Legacy in Two Ways
The following series of posts are in response to a request to separately post reactions to the Past-and-Future conference I previously posted. Today I am posting summaries of programs at the conference. Tomorrow I will post some reflections about the experience. This post is about a plenary program moderated by Noam Ebner with Ava Abramowitz, … Continue reading New Horizons for the ADR Field: Where Are We Headed, and Where Can We Go?
This post is about a program at the Past-and-Future conference, featuring Erin Archerd, Alyson Carrel, Noam Ebner, as summarized by Rebekah Gordon, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. There’s this rumor going around that technology is here to stay. This is the truth. We can’t escape computers, phones, apps, webcams, and anything else somebody in … Continue reading Technology’s Effect on How and What We Teach