As I previously posted, the 9th Annual AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Works-in-Progress Conference will be on October 23 & 34, 2015, at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Registration will open at noon central time on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. The link (which will only work starting at noon … Continue reading AALS Dispute Resolution Works in Progress
The Los Angeles Times recently reported that LA County will build a new jail—for over 3800 inmates, which will be “geared towards treating inmates with mental health and substance abuse issues.” A few weeks ago, Cook County (Chicago) announced that the new head of the Cook County Jail is Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist, … Continue reading Jailing the Mentally Ill
The NY Times had an article today about the work culture at Amazon, a modern day sweat-shop. Workers describe 80+ hour workweeks and a culture of expecting people to answer emails immediately, regardless of the time they are sent. The article reports that workers who get ill, or have children or sick family members are … Continue reading “Conflict Brings Innovation”
When I lived in Los Angeles it felt like some stranger or another was constantly ordering me to “smile!” I was a criminal defense lawyer with the Los Angeles Public Defender which meant I regularly struggled with seeing people at their worst, seeing tragedy, and incredible ugliness. Not exactly the kind of working world that … Continue reading Smile!??
As the summer begins and a lot of us are planning our research and writing, please keep in mind that the 9th Annual AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Works-in-Progress Conference will be on October 23 & 34, 2015, at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. As many of the readers … Continue reading Save the date: AALS ADR Works in Progress in October
Yesterday the AP reported that prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee “made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years.” The cases all seemed to involve mistreatment or neglect of children and some involved seriously mentally ill defendants. The article makes it clear that these are just the known … Continue reading Disgraceful Example of Hard Bargaining in Plea Bargaining
Jennifer asked for my thoughts on the apology of a Louisiana prosecutor for his role in convicting an innocent man in a death penalty case. The apology is powerful. He states, in part, “In 1984, I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested … Continue reading A few thoughts on a Prosecutor’s Apology
As we know, it is rare that any form of dispute resolution makes it onto network television in prime time. Friday night’s episode of Blue Bloods—the New York police drama starring Tom Selleck—featured a story line about restorative justice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good example. In the story, a young woman whose family was killed … Continue reading Blue Bloods and Restorative Justice