Tag Archives: skills and techniques

Stone Soup:  How to Make the Most in a Continuing Education Program

Following this exchange on the blog, Lainey Feingold emailed me asking for advice about using Stone Soup in an upcoming Structured Negotiation training for lawyers and advocates from legal services organizations.  The training would include a case study and two role-play exercises.  She asked if there are some Stone Soup questions she might ask and … Continue reading Stone Soup:  How to Make the Most in a Continuing Education Program

World Mediation Congress and Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament

From TFOI Teresa Frisbie: The International academy of Dispute Resolution and Loyola’s Dispute Resolution Program present the INADR World Mediation Congress and 17th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament World Mediation Congress, March 6-7 International Mediation Tournament, March 8-10 Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy Philip H. Corboy Law Center 25 E. Pearson Street Chicago, IL Join us in Chicago for … Continue reading World Mediation Congress and Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament

Stone Soup: Texas Bar Program for Lawyers and Mediators on Planned Early Negotiation

This post describes CLE presentations I gave for the Texas Bar.  It provides material for participants at the program and is another illustration of how people can use the Stone Soup Project idea of using continuing education programs to produce and share knowledge about actual practice. I previously tested this approach in two days of … Continue reading Stone Soup: Texas Bar Program for Lawyers and Mediators on Planned Early Negotiation

Stone Soup, Reflective Practice, Action Research, and Social Justice

Some questions for law professors:  Why did you go to law school?  Why did you decide to go into academia?  What do you want to accomplish in your work?  What do you hope for your students? In this post, I give my answers to these questions, which I think will resonate for many readers of … Continue reading Stone Soup, Reflective Practice, Action Research, and Social Justice

Stone Soup Assessment:  Gemma Smyth’s Access to Justice Course

Gemma Smyth is the Externship Program Director for the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, in Canada, which has a long tradition of focusing on access to justice.  Windsor is so committed to this mission that it requires all students to take an Access to Justice course in their first semester. Gemma is one of … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessment:  Gemma Smyth’s Access to Justice Course

Mosten and Scully’s New Book on Unbundled Legal Services

I have known Forrest (Woody) Mosten for quite a while.  He co-authored several articles on collaborative law with me, putting him at risk of tarnishing his stellar reputation.  We also co-authored an article, Family Lawyering:  Past, Present, and Future.  Much more significantly, Woody is known as the “father of unbundling” (as well as being a … Continue reading Mosten and Scully’s New Book on Unbundled Legal Services

Stone Soup:  Takeaways From New Hampshire Mediation Training

Recently, Susan Yates and I conducted mediation trainings on behalf of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Office of Mediation and Arbitration, and the University of New Hampshire, School of Law. As part of the trainings, we collected survey data and focus-group-like comments from the … Continue reading Stone Soup:  Takeaways From New Hampshire Mediation Training

Stone Soup:  Learning How People Actually Prepare for Negotiation and Mediation

We all say that preparation is important – it’s more popular than mom and apple pie – but we have only vague ideas about how people actually consider possible alternatives.  This includes the negotiators themselves.  We sometimes list general factors or approaches, but usually that’s as far as we get. I will go out on … Continue reading Stone Soup:  Learning How People Actually Prepare for Negotiation and Mediation

In Praise of (Good) Disagreements

As they say, if two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary. It may seem odd that I advocate for more disagreements in a blog named Indisputably.  But that’s exactly what I’m doing.  Actually, just more good disagreements. Dying Art of Disagreement This post riffs on a column by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, … Continue reading In Praise of (Good) Disagreements

Kiser’s Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer

I was really pleased to meet Randall Kiser at last year’s ABA conference.  I was very impressed by his important study (co-authored with Martin Asher and Blakeley McShane), Let’s Not Make a Deal: An Empirical Examination of Decision Making in Unsuccessful Negotiations.  The top-line finding was that in 85.5% of cases, parties went to trial … Continue reading Kiser’s Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer

2017 Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

From WFOI Elayne Greenberg: The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s School of Law and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) invite you to participate in the ninth annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, a competition of competence in the dispute resolution field. The triathlon is the first and only competition to … Continue reading 2017 Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon