“[I]f . . . I act for the Big Bad Wolf against Little Red Riding Hood and I don’t want this dispute resolved, I want to tie it up as long as I possibly can, and mandatory mediation is custom made. I can waste more time, I can string it along, I can make sure … Continue reading A Good Bad-Faith Policy?
We all know about situations when people say that they really like the idea of ADR, but it’s not appropriate in their particular case. Sometimes there are very good reasons not to use an ADR process. Other times, not so much. There may be similarities in some people’s reaction to the idea of using a … Continue reading Stone Soup: It’s a Great Idea But . . .
This post summarizes a status report on the Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project, describes possible next steps, and invites your input and participation. I encourage you to consider how you might incorporate Stone Soup in your plans for next year. In particular, this post describes choices you might make in using … Continue reading The Stone Soup Project Needs YOU!
Thanks to the Stone Soup faculty for providing information on their courses which I used to update the roster of the inaugural cohort of these pioneering faculty and their Stone Soup courses. Since we started the Project about a year ago, we have engaged almost 1000 students in 40 classes covering 12 subjects, taught by … Continue reading Stone Soup: Update on Faculty and Courses — And Invitation to Join the Team
One of the reasons I feel so strongly about the value of the Stone Soup Project is that it inspires us to develop deeper understandings about how conflicts unfold. I have encouraged colleagues to assign students to get detailed accounts of cases from the outset – not focus only on the tail end – because … Continue reading Conflict in Context
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Young Scholars Project has invited law students and new lawyers to attend this year’s annual conference and act as reporters for certain programs at the conference. This project is designed to engage younger people in our field and the Section. If you see them at the conference, please introduce … Continue reading You Can Make Stone Soup at the ABA Conference
Faculty using Stone Soup assignments have required students to write papers summarizing interviews or observations of actual cases. Like the assignments themselves, these papers vary quite a bit, as illustrated below. This post provides sample papers to give faculty ideas about what you might assign your classes in the future and provide papers you might … Continue reading Stone Soup: Student Papers From Gely’s Negotiation, Simcox’s Trust & Estates, and Dauber’s Evidence Courses
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
Saving the best for last, Lessons From the Stone Soup Project and Ideas for the Future, is scheduled for the ABA Legal Educators Colloquium on Saturday, April 7, from 3:30 to 5. Since you probably won’t want to miss this, you should plan your travel accordingly. This program will discuss, assess, and build on the … Continue reading Please Come to the Stone Soup Session at the ABA Conference – and Use Stone Soup Next Year
Don’t you hate it when presenters just talk at you for a whole program? Adult learners generally do. That’s why everyone suggests using interactive formats in which the audience regularly participates and doesn’t have just five minutes at the end to ask questions. I’m sure that most readers of this blog who give presentations are … Continue reading Stone Soup: Do the Best Trainings, Continuing Education Programs, and Conference Sessions You Can
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
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