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Parks on Race, Bias, and Student Evaluations

Tue, 2018-03-13 08:16
Gregory Parks (Wake Forest) has published “Race, Cognitive Bias, and the Power of Law Student Teaching Evaluations,” available here. It is a fascinating article, and it made me wonder whether there has ever been an article on student evaluations of ADR professors/courses. I am under the impression that ADR professors/courses receive higher-than-average evaluations; is that … Continue reading Parks on Race, Bias, and Student Evaluations →

Conflict in Context

Sun, 2018-03-11 20:04
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 →

Art Hinshaw Wins CPR Award for Article on Regulating Mediators

Sun, 2018-03-11 06:56
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) gave its award for outstanding professional article to our own Art Hinshaw as well as Stephanie Cohen and Mark Morril, and to Lynn Cohn for a short article. As a matter of parochial pride, I also want to note that the editor-in-chief of Missouri’s Journal of … Continue reading Art Hinshaw Wins CPR Award for Article on Regulating Mediators →

Joy on the History of Experiential Education

Fri, 2018-03-09 09:44
Peter Joy (Washington University School of Law) has published “The Uneasy History of Experiential Education in U.S. Law Schools,” forthcoming in the Dickinson Law Review and available here. The abstract: This article explores the history of legal education, particularly the rise of experiential learning and its importance. In the early years of legal education in … Continue reading Joy on the History of Experiential Education →

Contribute to the Asynchronous Resource Share at the ABA Conference

Thu, 2018-03-08 15:42
From GFOI Sharon Press: Dear Colleagues, Like many of you, we are thrilled to see a session added to the program about “living room conversations,” where Section of Dispute Resolution Chair Ben Davis will speak about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  We agree with Ben about … Continue reading Contribute to the Asynchronous Resource Share at the ABA Conference →

Do We Intervene? How?

Thu, 2018-03-08 12:09
Interesting op-ed from the New York Times on the recent student protest during a talk by Christina Hoff Sommers at Lewis & Clark Law School. As the author points out, the current political moment is fraught and toxic, which can make people “jumpy” when it comes to certain topics. Extreme rhetoric begets more extreme rhetoric, … Continue reading Do We Intervene? How? →

You Can Make Stone Soup at the ABA Conference

Wed, 2018-03-07 18:45
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 →

Sale of ABA Books — Only March 13-14

Tue, 2018-03-06 13:03
Here’s an announcement from the Francine Bennett at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution about a sale on books – only next Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14. All Dispute Resolution titles published before 2016 will be discounted 50% for online purchases at www.shopABA.org. Customers must use code ‘Super18’ to apply discount.  Click here to view … Continue reading Sale of ABA Books — Only March 13-14 →

Stone Soup:  Student Papers From Gely’s Negotiation, Simcox’s Trust & Estates, and Dauber’s Evidence Courses

Sun, 2018-03-04 13:51
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 →

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

Fri, 2018-03-02 08:33
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 →

Stone Soup Assessments: Farkas Arbitration, Tetunic Clinic, and Fowler, Keet & Baerg, and Newman & Roger Negotiation Courses

Thu, 2018-03-01 21:00
Here is a collection of more assessments of Stone Soup course assignments.  This again demonstrates how faculty have been creative in crafting a wide variety of learning experiences that fit their instructional goals and situations. Many colleagues wish they had students do these assignments earlier in the semester and discuss them in class.  Brian Farkas … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessments: Farkas Arbitration, Tetunic Clinic, and Fowler, Keet & Baerg, and Newman & Roger Negotiation Courses →

Last Call for Nominations: AALS ADR Best Article

Wed, 2018-02-28 22:56
Reposting earlier call for nominations: NOMINATIONS DUE TOMORROW MARCH 1 As outgoing (or gone) Chair of the AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, I am pleased to announce on behalf of the Section’s Executive Committee the creation and launch of the Section’s annual award for best scholarly article published in print or online in the … Continue reading Last Call for Nominations: AALS ADR Best Article →

Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture at Arizona State

Wed, 2018-02-28 10:03
For those of you in Arizona for an early spring break, come and join us this evening at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law as Kenneth Feinberg of 9/11 Victims’ Fund fame delivers the inaugural Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture in Dispute Resolution. For more information, go here.  [Click title of post to access link.] … Continue reading Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture at Arizona State →

Frank Sander 1927-2018

Mon, 2018-02-26 10:07
Frank Sander died yesterday. There is a silly exercise in some arenas (athletics, arts, academe, etc.) in which one is called upon to declare who would be on “The Mount Rushmore of…” whatever is being discussed. Every conceivable, credible construction of the Mount Rushmore of our field would include Frank. Prominently. In whichever pose he … Continue reading Frank Sander 1927-2018 →

Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-)Social Media

Sun, 2018-02-25 21:25
Virtually everyone in our field knows about the wonderful book, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen.  It focuses on everyday conversations and not just crystalized disputes.  It describes how people can better understand what is (and is not) happening in their interactions, identify erroneous assumptions, … Continue reading Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-)Social Media →

Ten TED Talks You Might Enjoy

Sat, 2018-02-24 11:15
On the Kluwer Mediation Blog, Greg Bond wrote a nice post, TED Talks I Have Enjoyed – And that Resonate with the Mediator in Me.  He provides brief descriptions of ten talks that he has “found inspiring and that relate to mediation, in the broadest sense of the word.”  One of them is Andrea’s talk,  Why Women Don’t … Continue reading Ten TED Talks You Might Enjoy →

Grande Lum’s Article Criticizing Proposal to Effectively Eliminate the Community Relations Service

Fri, 2018-02-23 17:26
Grande Lum, former director of the Community Relations Service (CRS), just published an important article in The Hill newspaper urging Congress to maintain independent funding for the agency. “Historically, CRS has played a significant role in facilitating dialogue, developing constructive relationships, and reducing the possibility of violence.  Its mediators and conciliators played a key role … Continue reading Grande Lum’s Article Criticizing Proposal to Effectively Eliminate the Community Relations Service →

Culinary Negotiation

Thu, 2018-02-22 21:12
A recent episode of the Modern Love podcast told the story of a man struggling to deal with conflicting desires of his mother and wife to cook him delicious meals.  While having too much good food may not seem problematic, negotiating serially with one’s wife and mother sure can be.  This account reveals subtle ways … Continue reading Culinary Negotiation →

30% Discount on ABA Books — Thru End of February

Thu, 2018-02-22 11:32
The ABA is offering a 30% discount on its 2017 books.  The discount is available only through the end of the month, so you need to act soon to take advantage of this offer. The Section of Dispute Resolution published the following books that qualify for this discount: ● Beyond Smart:  Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence … Continue reading 30% Discount on ABA Books — Thru End of February →

Kristen Blankley: Restorative Justice in Nebraska

Wed, 2018-02-21 18:02
From WFOI Kristen Blankley: Associate Professor Kristen Blankley (Nebraska) has an update on new restorative justice programs in Nebraska.  Currently, these programs are working with youth offenders, culminating in a victim/youth conference (similar, but not the same as a mediation).  Cases are coming into the program from three sources: 1) directly from schools, 2) on … Continue reading Kristen Blankley: Restorative Justice in Nebraska →