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Stone Soup Assessment: A Tale of Four Mediation Courses, by Charlie Irvine, Jim Levin, Martha Simmons, and Doug Yarn

Wed, 2017-12-27 20:52
This post describes how Stone Soup pioneers used four different approaches in their mediation courses.  Once again, it demonstrates colleagues’ creativity and the great potential for Stone Soup. Charlie Irvine had 20 LLM / MSc students and he assigned them to interview a mediator about a recent case.  Students were required to write papers of … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessment: A Tale of Four Mediation Courses, by Charlie Irvine, Jim Levin, Martha Simmons, and Doug Yarn →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Wrap Up

Wed, 2017-12-27 11:24
As the organizer of our trip to Israel, I am delighted to try to bring our threads together.  I am really so pleased and grateful to all of our colleagues for their insightful reflections.  As I have said before, seeing Israel through others’ eyes was an honor to witness.  The camaraderie as we all learned together … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Wrap Up →

Stone Soup Assessment: A Tale of Five ADR Courses, by Andrea Schneider, Bob Ackerman, Becky Jacobs, Doug Yarn, and Derrick Howard

Tue, 2017-12-26 20:28
This post describes five different approaches to using Stone Soup in ADR courses.  It reflects the incredible flexibility of this project and the creativity of faculty in tailoring Stone Soup assignments to fit their goals and circumstances.  Even when the assignments don’t work as planned, we can learn valuable lessons from these experiences. Andrea Schneider … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessment: A Tale of Five ADR Courses, by Andrea Schneider, Bob Ackerman, Becky Jacobs, Doug Yarn, and Derrick Howard →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel–The Israeli Supreme Court

Tue, 2017-12-26 09:18
During our last day in Israel we visited the Israeli Supreme Court. The building was built in 1992, and, as with all national institutions in Israel, it is located in West Jerusalem. The building was intended to combine both old and new and indoors and outdoors. This means there is Jerusalem stone throughout the building, … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel–The Israeli Supreme Court →

Stone Soup Assessment:  Rafael Gely’s Negotiation Course

Mon, 2017-12-25 19:46
I am extremely fortunate that Rafael Gely, the director of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, has been my partner in developing the Stone Soup Project. A year ago, when I first emailed him about it, the subject line was “a crazy idea?”  Rafael’s immediate response was, “I love this idea!  (Of course … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessment:  Rafael Gely’s Negotiation Course →

Stone Soup Assessment: Bob Dauber’s Evidence Course

Mon, 2017-12-25 19:44
Much legal education in the US is like telling someone how to ride a bike or having them read an instruction manual.  It’s important, but most people wouldn’t get very far if that’s all you did.  You could simply give them a bike and tell them to go, but that could lead to some sudden … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessment: Bob Dauber’s Evidence Course →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Israel’s Military Courts: Adjudicating Alleged (Palestinian) Crime and Terror in the West Bank and Gaza

Sun, 2017-12-24 22:25
Maureen Weston (Pepperdine) provides this intriguing post from the Ofer military base in Israel. The conflict over the sacred land in the West Bank, which includes East Jerusalem, in Israel is deeply rooted and profoundly intense.  This region has been under rule by the Turks in the Ottoman Empire (1517- 1917), Britain (1917-48), Jordan (1948-67), … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Israel’s Military Courts: Adjudicating Alleged (Palestinian) Crime and Terror in the West Bank and Gaza →

Mosten and Scully’s New Book on Unbundled Legal Services

Sun, 2017-12-24 07:02
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 →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – I Don’t Recognize My Country Any More

Sat, 2017-12-23 14:15
This guest post comes from one of the blogs founders, Nancy Welsh (Texas A&M). Dr. Moshe Ma’oz is Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was Director of the University’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.  His presentation explored the complexity of Israel’s … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – I Don’t Recognize My Country Any More →

New Year’s Greeting

Fri, 2017-12-22 11:26
I’m looking at a new year’s card printed by my friend, Steve Harris, proprietor of Hands Press in Berkeley, that really expresses the values of our community.  Let us hope that these values will be increasingly honored in the coming year. Happy New Year Wishing You a New Year Filled With Old-Fashioned Values: kindness modesty … Continue reading New Year’s Greeting →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel–Identity & Education

Thu, 2017-12-21 18:21
We’ve been back for a few days from Israel and today I woke up thinking about how the next generation of kids in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could ever be reconciled.  We heard repeatedly how this conflict is identity based and how children on each side no longer have any exposure to the “other.” Observers of … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel–Identity & Education →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Welcome to the Mouth of the Volcano

Wed, 2017-12-20 11:47
This guest post is authored by our good friend Michael T. Colatrella, Jr. (McGeorge). On the sixth day of our trip, we met with an Israeli security and negotiation expert Ron Schatzberg. Ron works for the Tel Aviv-based think tank, the Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF), whose mission is to promote a stable, peaceful and prosperous … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Welcome to the Mouth of the Volcano →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Shorashim and “Anger as Idolatry”

Tue, 2017-12-19 17:20
After spending almost a full week in Israel learning about the unfathomable complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some of us (me included) expressed growing pessimism and even despair about the prospects for peace here. So it was uplifting to start our last full day of the Academic Partners for Peace DR Law Faculty Seminar talking … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Shorashim and “Anger as Idolatry” →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Revisiting the Eichmann Trial

Sun, 2017-12-17 14:06
This afternoon we had the pleasure of meeting with Amos Hausner, the son of Gideon Hausner, the prosecutor in the Adolf Eichmann trial – what many believe to be the trial of the 20th century.                      Gideon Hausner                                       Adolf Eichmann For readers wondering who Eichmann was, he was a Nazi officer who … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Revisiting the Eichmann Trial →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Kibbutz Life to Yad Vashem (or from the best of humanity to the worst of humanity)

Sun, 2017-12-17 09:38
From FOI Deb Eisenberg: We spent our third night of Hanukkah at the kibbutz Kfar Haruv (which means Carob Village) in the southern Golan Heights. Founded in 1974 by native Israelis and U.S. immigrants, Kfar Haruv was the sixteenth Israeli settlement established in the Golan Heights and now has approximately 400 residents. Kfar Haruv has … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel – Kibbutz Life to Yad Vashem (or from the best of humanity to the worst of humanity) →

DR Faculty Seminar in Israel—“Medicine has no borders” at Ziv Hospital, Zafet

Sat, 2017-12-16 01:17
This guest blog post comes courtesy of Lydia Nussbaum (UNLV). This afternoon we visited the Ziv Medical Center in Zafet (aka Safed, Tzfat), a small hilltop town located on the hills above the Sea of Galilee. Although Zafet has a long history and is well known for being the center of Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah), our … Continue reading DR Faculty Seminar in Israel—“Medicine has no borders” at Ziv Hospital, Zafet →

Jackie Font-Guzmán on Self-Determination for Puerto Ricans

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:36
Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán, director of Creighton’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled,  Puerto Ricans are Hardly U.S. Citizens.  They are Colonial Subjects.   It reviews the history of how Puerto Ricans gained US citizenship without self-determination.  Click the title of this post to see the link and take a look.

DR Law Profs in Israel, Givat Haviva: “I want those f***ers to turn around”

Fri, 2017-12-15 02:59
Thursday morning our group had the pleasure of visiting Givat Haviva and learning about its mission as well as the history of the 1949 Armistice/Green line and the differences in the borders of Israel in 1949, 1967, and since. Our first speaker at Givet Haviva was Yaniv Sagee, the Executive Director. He was refreshingly honest … Continue reading DR Law Profs in Israel, Givat Haviva: “I want those f***ers to turn around” →

Stone Soup Assessment: Stacey-Rae Simcox’s Trusts & Estates Course

Thu, 2017-12-14 21:29
Stacey-Rae Simcox, who is director of Stetson’s Veteran’s Advocacy Clinic, used a Stone Soup assignment in her Trusts & Estates course.  This is a great illustration of how faculty can use Stone Soup in almost any law school course, not just traditional ADR courses. As an extra-credit assignment, 45 out of 67 students conducted interviews … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessment: Stacey-Rae Simcox’s Trusts & Estates Course →

ADR and Access to Justice: Current Perspectives (at this year’s AALS Meeting)

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:23
Courtesy of my Moritz College of Law colleague, Ellen Deason: As you prepare for the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, plan on attending the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s program on Thursday, January 4 at 1:30 p.m. The topic is ADR and Access to Justice: Current Perspectives. The panelists bring theoretical, practical, and empirical, … Continue reading ADR and Access to Justice: Current Perspectives (at this year’s AALS Meeting) →