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Presentation at St. John’s DSD Seminar on Overcoming Barriers to Implementation of PEDR Systems

This week I gave a talk by skype to EFOI Elayne Greenberg’s Dispute System Design Seminar through St. John’s Hon. Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution.  This year-long honors seminar is described as follows. “The 3L Carey Center Fellows in the seminar use a textbook, and explore real-life examples, that introduce the core elements … Continue reading Presentation at St. John’s DSD Seminar on Overcoming Barriers to Implementation of PEDR Systems

Tower of Babel Symposium Bonus – Conversation with Wayne Brazil

Following up the Tower of Babel Symposium this month, there will be a program at the ABA SDR conference next April entitled, “Making Negotiation Theory More Helpful for Practitioners.” We want to include a practitioner on the panel and we asked Wayne Brazil if he would join us.  Wayne served as a magistrate judge in … Continue reading Tower of Babel Symposium Bonus – Conversation with Wayne Brazil

Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech

A New York Times article with that headline observes that we are “in a political season when ethnic, racist and sexual slurs, not to mention general insults, seem to have become part of everyday chatter.” Dealing with offensive comments can be hard for people generally and there are particular challenges for dispute resolution professionals. The … Continue reading Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech

Lainey Feingold’s Book on Structured Negotiation

I recently had a chance to talk with Lainey Feingold, the author of a great new book on negotiation, which she describes below. Before I get to her description, I want to say a few words about why I think her book is particularly important.  I have been writing about early dispute resolution, especially planned … Continue reading Lainey Feingold’s Book on Structured Negotiation

Non-Apology Apologies, Part 2

It seems that there are a lot of stories about questionable apologies in the news lately.  I don’t intend to discuss all of them, but here are a few more thoughts about some of them. 21st Century Fox First, some updates about the 21st Century Fox apology.  I thought it was bland but some commentators, … Continue reading Non-Apology Apologies, Part 2

Training Law Students to be Leaders

I recently talked with Nancy Rogers, one of the pioneers in our field, who is living her version of what I have called “unbundled retirement.” Nancy described Ohio State’s Program on Law and Leadership, which she directs along with program coordinator Mary Rose Sullivan. I was particularly intrigued by Nancy’s description of leadership embodied in … Continue reading Training Law Students to be Leaders

Symposium Book Club – Conversation with David Matz About David Grossman’s To the End of the Land

This is part of the “virtual book club” discussing readings for the symposium at the University of Missouri on October 7:  Moving Negotiation Theory from the Tower of Babel Toward a World of Mutual Understanding. David Matz suggested a scene from the David Grossman book, To The End of the Land (English translation 2010).  Here’s … Continue reading Symposium Book Club – Conversation with David Matz About David Grossman’s To the End of the Land

Non-Apology Apologies

The law generally doesn’t do much to promote apologies.  They aren’t included in the panoply of remedies that judges can impose on unwilling parties.  Even if courts could order parties to apologize, the apologies probably would be of the unsatisfying tell-your-sister-you’re-sorry variety. Professor Jonathan Cohen has written wonderful pieces on The Immorality of Denial, 79 … Continue reading Non-Apology Apologies

Big New Study on Necessary Lawyering Skills

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System released a new “Foundations of Practice” study based on a survey of more than 24,000 lawyers nationwide. The study identifies “foundations” that lawyers need in the short term after graduation. The following are the items that at least 85% of the respondents said were needed: … Continue reading Big New Study on Necessary Lawyering Skills

Presidential Lecture on Listening and Compromise

President Obama came to prominence in 2004 with a speech in which he argued that there isn’t a red America and a blue America but rather a single United States of America.  Looking back twelve years later, this may seem like a rather odd notion in a country riven by intense political polarization. President Obama … Continue reading Presidential Lecture on Listening and Compromise

Seeing the World Through Others’ Eyes

After a conversation with friends about the Confederate flag controversy, I sent them the following email, which I thought you might be interested in. _____________________________________________________________ In our conversations, I have talked about the value of trying to see the world through others’ eyes.  There are several reasons why I have found it valuable including moral, … Continue reading Seeing the World Through Others’ Eyes