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Arbitration Law Review Symposium at Penn State Law

Tue, 2020-02-18 12:52
Last week, the Arbitration Law Review, a journal published by students at Penn State Law’s University Park campus, hosted a symposium on Collective Bargaining and Adhesive Arbitration Agreements.  I had the honor of presenting my latest work (on class action waivers in broker-dealer employment agreements). The other panelists wereTheodore J. St. Antoine (Michigan), Stephen Ware … Continue reading Arbitration Law Review Symposium at Penn State Law →

The Law Can Be Dangerous to Lawyers’ Mental Health

Mon, 2020-02-17 18:38
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  The law can be a very dangerous thing. Although the legal system inevitably is imperfect, it sometimes provides important benefits such as helping people solve difficult problems, making institutions function properly, and promoting justice. Unfortunately, the litigation process needed to achieve these goals often is extremely … Continue reading The Law Can Be Dangerous to Lawyers’ Mental Health →

Call for Proposals due March 1 for Conference on Online and Hybrid Legal Education

Sun, 2020-02-16 07:03
An announcement about a call for proposals about a conference this summer. Just a quick reminder that the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning is accepting presentation proposals for its Summer 2020 conference, which will take place June 11-13, 2020 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.  The conference theme … Continue reading Call for Proposals due March 1 for Conference on Online and Hybrid Legal Education →

We Should Try to Understand and Respect, if Not Love, Our “Enemies”

Thu, 2020-02-13 21:57
According to a news report last week, “President Trump brought his trademark disruptive approach to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, telling attendees of a gathering meant to promote reconciliation, unity and prayer that his political opponents are ‘dishonest and corrupt people’ and that God is on the side of his supporters. “The president’s speech … Continue reading We Should Try to Understand and Respect, if Not Love, Our “Enemies” →

Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference – recap

Tue, 2020-02-11 17:05
As part of our long-running tradition of posting ADR conference summaries, below is a summary of the Second Annual Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference at Arizona State.  Mark your calendar now for next year’s conference, scheduled on Friday January 15, 2021.  As always, we are happy to post ADR conference summaries on the blog.  Send … Continue reading Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference – recap →

Here’s Your Theory-of-Change Book

Fri, 2020-02-07 08:23
Your wait for the Theory-of-Change book is over.  I just posted this priceless volume, Theories of Change for the Dispute Resolution Movement: Actionable Ideas to Revitalize Our Movement.  It’s all yours, absolutely free!  Just click here. For regular readers of this blog, most – but not all – of the pieces will be familiar.  Many … Continue reading Here’s Your Theory-of-Change Book →

Photo Album of Theory-of-Change Book Contributors

Thu, 2020-02-06 15:49
The Theory-of-Change book has a major omission.  Photos of the contributors.  This post remedies that omission — and has been added to my collection of photo albums of our community. Rosa Abdelnour             Ava Abramowitz               Jim Alfini Cynthia Alkon                   Laurie Amaya     … Continue reading Photo Album of Theory-of-Change Book Contributors →

Averted Mediation System Takeover in Ukraine

Thu, 2020-01-30 11:55
Tatiana Kyselova of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine posted this interesting summary of a recent potential takeover of the Ukrainian mediation system by Ukrainian MPs, complete with a YouTube video about the proceedings.  According to the article, the National Association of Mediators of Ukraine organized opposition and were able to stop the last minute Parliamentary attempt … Continue reading Averted Mediation System Takeover in Ukraine →

Catherine Rogers to Deliver Moritz’s Schwartz Lecture

Thu, 2020-01-30 09:24
Professor Catherine Rogers will deliver Ohio State’s 2020 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution. Register here. A description of Professor Rogers’ lecture, entitled, The Key to the Diversity Paradox in International Arbitration, lecture follows: Despite concentrated attention and concerted efforts, international arbitration still suffers from an acute lack of diversity among arbitrators. The international dispute resolution … Continue reading Catherine Rogers to Deliver Moritz’s Schwartz Lecture →

How to Calculate and Use BATNAs and Bottom Lines with LIRA

Mon, 2020-01-27 13:48
Everyone talks about knowing one’s BATNA in negotiation and mediation.  But that’s a lot easier said than done. In litigated cases, the value of the BATNA usually is the expected trial outcome, but that is notoriously hard to predict for many reasons.  The outcome of numerous legal and factual issues may depend on the evidence, … Continue reading How to Calculate and Use BATNAs and Bottom Lines with LIRA →

Verity Winship and Jennifer K. Robbennolt Named Winners of the 2020 Mangano Award

Mon, 2020-01-27 12:33
From EFOI Elayne Greenberg: Verity Winship, a Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, and Jennifer K. Robbennolt, an Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, will receive the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution’s 2020 Mangano Dispute Resolution Advancement Award for their scholarly examination … Continue reading Verity Winship and Jennifer K. Robbennolt Named Winners of the 2020 Mangano Award →

Call for Papers: Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics 2020 Summer Workshops

Sat, 2020-01-25 15:17
From LFOI Lara Fowler: The Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE) is pleased to announce this call for papers for workshops taking place on the Stanford campus from July 1 to September 11, 2020. Bargaining/negotiation is one of the oldest and most common forms of transaction and interaction; at the same time, it is a … Continue reading Call for Papers: Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics 2020 Summer Workshops →

Professor Catherine Rogers to give 2020 Schwartz Lecture at Ohio State

Sat, 2020-01-25 14:17
Penn State Law Professor Catherine Rogers will deliver the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University’s 2020 Schwartz Lecture. Her lecture is entitled “The Key to the Diversity Paradox in International Arbitration,” and will take place on Tuesday February 4 in Moritz’s Saxbe Auditorium. Please join us if you are in the area! A … Continue reading Professor Catherine Rogers to give 2020 Schwartz Lecture at Ohio State →

Theory of Change Symposium – Part 5 and Coming Attractions

Sun, 2020-01-19 12:29
This jumbo-size post is the last part in the Theory of Change Symposium. But don’t despair.  I am compiling all the pieces – and some new material – into an e-book that will be distributed soon, as described at the end of this post. This part of the symposium includes several pieces describing important techniques … Continue reading Theory of Change Symposium – Part 5 and Coming Attractions →

Settlement Fails

Thu, 2020-01-16 10:04
Hi all and happy new year!  For class this year, I am adding a delightful hilarious new video that talks about negotiation ethics in a really accessible way.  The very talented Liz Tippett has created, as one of her Law Lab projects, a video interviewing Michael Moffitt on his latest article published in the University of Chicago … Continue reading Settlement Fails →

Inter-School Negotiation Practicum Sign-Up Deadline – February 7

Wed, 2020-01-15 14:12
From GFOI Debra Berman: I am happy to announce that registration is now open for the spring Inter-School Negotiation Practicum.  If you are interested in incorporating this cross-school negotiation exercise into your ADR class or other school program, please provide your students with this registration link. Registration will close on February  7th.  I will email … Continue reading Inter-School Negotiation Practicum Sign-Up Deadline – February 7 →

Early Bird Discount for ABA Arbitration Institute on March 9-10

Wed, 2020-01-15 14:02
From former ABA SDR Chair, Harrie Samaras: Want to learn what the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s 13th Annual Arbitration Training Institute is all about?  Check out a podcast by Dana Welch, one of the program co-chairs. In addition to what Dana mentions, here are the top six reasons to attend: It’s being taught by … Continue reading Early Bird Discount for ABA Arbitration Institute on March 9-10 →

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research

Mon, 2020-01-13 16:07
From DFOI Donna Shestowsky: Here’s a call for papers for a special issue of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research Listen and Talk about Controversial Issues: Principles and Strategies for Difficult Conversations in 2020 and Beyond Submission Deadline: March 10, 2020 This call is for a fast turnaround special issue, driven in part by the upcoming … Continue reading Call for Papers for Special Issue of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research →

Job Opportunity as AFCC Program Director

Wed, 2020-01-08 17:04
Here’s an announcement for a job opportunity as AFCC Program Director.  In case you aren’t familiar with Peter Salem and the AFCC, they really are great. Please pass this along to anyone who you think might be interested. Click on the title of the post to access the job announcement.

It’s Not All the War of the Roses

Sun, 2020-01-05 21:42
There’s a very common myth that all divorces are bitter cat-and-dog struggles like the movie, The War of the Roses.  (Of course, many cats and dogs get along just fine, like mine do.) This myth just ain’t so.  Although the couple in Marriage Story had some angry fights, they retained a reservoir of love and … Continue reading It’s Not All the War of the Roses →