Tag Archives: past and future of DR

How Do You Want to Improve Dispute Resolution?

The January 2022 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine includes results of a survey of past contributors about the dispute resolution field.  One question asked about cases, statutes, regulations, or standards of practice that had the biggest impact on the field, and another question asked about changes in case law, statute, or rule they would like … Continue reading How Do You Want to Improve Dispute Resolution?

The Legal Profession, Judiciary, and Dispute Resolution

The January 2022 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine reports results of a survey of past contributors conducted by Editorial Board co-chairs Andrea Schneider and Michael Moffitt. This post uses some of the survey responses to suggest that we recognize the legal profession and judiciary as part of the dispute resolution field. “Alternative” No More In … Continue reading The Legal Profession, Judiciary, and Dispute Resolution

Assessment of the Dispute Resolution Field

The January 2022 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine contains a valuable assessment of the dispute resolution field based on a survey of past Magazine contributors.  Andrea Schneider and Michael Moffitt, co-chairs of the Editorial Board, asked them: what they valued about the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution what they wished they had known when they … Continue reading Assessment of the Dispute Resolution Field

Mediate.com Publishes “Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age”

Recently, mediate.com initiated publication of a series of pieces entitled Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age.  Here’s the introduction. Every Friday for the next seven weeks, Mediate.com will be publishing a series of peer reviewed articles under the collective title Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age.  The objective of the Seven Keys is … Continue reading Mediate.com Publishes “Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age”

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

Theory of Change Symposium – Part 4

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

Contributions to the Theory-of-Change Symposium

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

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

Infect a Colleague Today – and Next Year and the Year After That!

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!