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
The New York Times reported today here that Taliban justice is becoming more popular with Afghans as they see the formal justice system as corrupt and inefficient. This is the system that the international community, including the United States has invested large amounts of money and effort in building. When it became clear that just … Continue reading Not a surprise when a bad idea fails
In July of 2013, I blogged about the Marissa Alexander case here . Ms. Alexander was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to twenty years in prison after firing a “warning shot” at her estranged, and reportedly abusive, husband. Last week Ms. Alexander was released after entering a plea deal to … Continue reading Update on Marissa Alexander
The NY Times recently published an op ed using the podcast Serial to argue that the defendant would have been better off taking a deal due to the trial penalty. The defendant, after a trial, was sentenced to life in prison plus thirty years. By contrast, the op ed reports that the average murder sentence … Continue reading On Serial and Plea Bargaining Conferences
As the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend comes to an end, and as a new semester is beginning, I am thinking about how we talk about race, and how we handle race, both in the classroom and in the larger society. Clearly the events in Ferguson last year, the unfortunately not uncommon killing of a … Continue reading Teaching in a World of Racism without Racists?
As many are probably aware, Microsoft’s CEO recently said that women who don’t ask for raises will enjoy “good karma.” So, his negotiation advice seems to boil down to just don’t ask and you count on the universe rewarding you in this life (or the next). As every reader of this blog knows, that advice … Continue reading Just don’t ask and get good karma??!!
On July 1st of this year, a California Highway Patrol officer was captured on tape beating a woman on the side of a freeway in Los Angeles. Not even three months later there is a mediated resolution of the lawsuit filed in the case. The woman, who was homeless, will receive $1.5 million, to be … Continue reading Police Abuse and Mediation
Forbes recently published an interesting little piece here on why Jimmy Fallon is so liked and successful. Much of the “Jimmy Fallon technique” is basic rapport building while emphasizing the importance of listening. The conclusion of the article is that there are “three lessons to take from Jimmy Fallon: Find common ground with the person you’re … Continue reading On Jimmy Fallon and Finding Common Ground