Non-Apology Apologies, Ethics, and Lawyers

In my post, Non-Apology Apologies, Part 2, I briefly described Wells Fargo’s acceptance of responsibility but refusal to apologize for its fraudulent practices in creating accounts without customers’ authorization. This post focuses on a point in a New York Times article that provides fascinating background relevant to lawyers, law professors, and law students. Top executives … Continue reading Non-Apology Apologies, Ethics, and Lawyers

Schedule for the Tower of Babel Symposium

The University of Missouri’s symposium, Moving Negotiation Theory from the Tower of Babel Toward a World of Mutual Understanding, will take place on Friday, October 7, from 9 am to noon Central Time. We recently set the schedule for the symposium, as follows. 9 am – Definition and Scope of Negotiation – and Why Theory … Continue reading Schedule for the Tower of Babel Symposium

Bad Decisions to Go to Trial

You may be familiar with the Randall Kiser et al. study, Let’s Not Make a Deal: An Empirical Study of Decision Making in Unsuccessful Settlement Negotiations, 5 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 551 (2008), which replicated amazing findings in prior studies by Samuel Gross and Kent Syverud, and Jeffrey Rachlinski. The top line finding in … Continue reading Bad Decisions to Go to Trial

Law Firm Uses “SmartPaTH” to Manage Cases and Satisfy Clients

The ABA Journal profiled Cleveland-based law firm Thompson Hine and its managing partner, Deborah Z. Read, highlighting their “SmartPaTH” process to manage cases and satisfy clients. This is part of the Journal’s “Legal Rebel” series.  It is both amusing and sad that these ideas would seem radical, especially these days. Here’s the description of the … Continue reading Law Firm Uses “SmartPaTH” to Manage Cases and Satisfy Clients

Call for Submissions – Works in Progress Conference and Student Writing Competition on International Dispute Resolution

From my colleague, S.I. Strong: The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Dispute Resolution and Midwest Interest Groups, in association with Young ICSID, are pleased to announce two upcoming events:  (1) a works-in-progress conference and (2) student writing competition.   Both events focus on … Continue reading Call for Submissions – Works in Progress Conference and Student Writing Competition on International Dispute Resolution

Would You Like to Be a Dean — or Do You Know Someone Who Should Be?

The University of Missouri at Columbia (MU) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the position of Dean of the School of Law.  The Dean reports directly to the Provost and actively contributes to decisions affecting the University at large as a member of the Council of Deans.  The Dean is responsible for strategic planning … Continue reading Would You Like to Be a Dean — or Do You Know Someone Who Should Be?