Appreciating Our Legacy and Engaging the Future – Pepperdine School of Law, June 18 and 19

We want you to remind about an important and highly interactive international dispute resolution conference taking place on June 18-19, 2019 in Malibu, California. The conference is entitled “Appreciating Our Legacy and Engaging the Future.” It is particularly designed for dispute resolution practitioners, faculty, and leaders to address current issues and to learn from each … Continue reading Appreciating Our Legacy and Engaging the Future – Pepperdine School of Law, June 18 and 19

Cohen on Restorative Justice and Moral Neoliberalism

Amy Cohen (Ohio State), a talented polymath, shared with us the following discussion, first appearing on the Law and Political Economy blog, about how restorative justice is being adopted by penal system reformers on both sides of the political divide.  She was kind enough to send it our way for cross-posting. Today, groups of left … Continue reading Cohen on Restorative Justice and Moral Neoliberalism

Planning for Good Quality Decision-Making in Mediation Using PETSM

Canadian mediator Rick Weiler wrote a post on the Kluwer Mediation Blog raising concerns about whether predominant model of commercial mediation using a single three- or six-hour session promotes good decision-making by litigants.  He wrote:   The current commercial mediation model handed down over the past 30 years is working just fine for lawyers and … Continue reading Planning for Good Quality Decision-Making in Mediation Using PETSM

Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance seeks queries

One of the my professional service activities is to be a member of the Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance, which issues advisory opinions on mediation ethics issues using the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators.  The Committee always seeks queries on ethical matters, but with the problems surrounding the ABA’s new web site a formal … Continue reading Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance seeks queries

Photo Album:  2019 ABA SDR Conference

Continuing my tradition, I took photos of folks at the recent ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference.  You can click here to see the photo collections I previously posted, along with an explanation of what they represent. Below are pictures from the conference, which are limited to shots (1) of people with whom I happened … Continue reading Photo Album:  2019 ABA SDR Conference

Supreme Court Decides Lamps Plus v. Varela: No Surprises Here

Today, the Supreme Court somewhat expanded its view that silent arbitration agreements that make no mention of class proceedings, cannot be interpreted as permitting class actions in arbitration. In Lamps Plus Inc. v. Varela, the Court reversed a Ninth Circuit decision holding that an ambiguous agreement can be interpreted to permit a class arbitration. Accepting … Continue reading Supreme Court Decides Lamps Plus v. Varela: No Surprises Here

Job Posting: Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Fellow

Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is now accepting applications for its next Clinical Fellow   The Clinical Fellow (CF) position reports to the Director of Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. The CF will work closely with HNMCP staff to support expansion of the school’s innovative program in negotiation, mediation, facilitation, and dispute systems … Continue reading Job Posting: Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Fellow

Michael Buenger’s Great Keynote Address at the ABA Court ADR Conference

I liked virtually all of the sessions I attended at this year’s ABA conference and I especially appreciated the Court ADR Conference keynote address, delivered by Michael Buenger, the executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the National Center for State Courts. He kindly agreed to let me post his provocative, wide-ranging talk, which I … Continue reading Michael Buenger’s Great Keynote Address at the ABA Court ADR Conference