A combination of several things prompted me to organize this Theory of Change Symposium. In January, noting a combination of indicators, I wrote this post worrying about the future of ADR in legal education. Last summer’s “Past-and-Future” conference inspired me to think about what our community might do to counteract some of the troubling trends. … Continue reading Theory of Change Symposium – Part 1
This is an index of the contributions to this symposium. As I add posts, I will link to them all in this index post so that you can find them all in one place. You can bookmark this post if you like. Introduction Goals for Dispute Resolution Strategies for Achieving Goals, General Trends, and Patterns … Continue reading Index 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
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!