This post mostly is not about dispute resolution. I just went to see an amazing film, Alive Inside, which was a 2014 Sundance Award winner. It is a documentary about a social worker whose personal mission is to arrange for people with dementia to listen to music. The film shows people who were extremely withdrawn … Continue reading Alive
This morning NPR’s Morning Edition had an interesting piece about purchasing used cars in Shanghai. NPR reporter Frank Langfitt has been sending dispatches from China for some time, and his discussion of high-pressure hard bargaining tactics is great. Here’s the link – enjoy.
It’s so cool that so many people sent their syllabi to share with our community in response to my post last week. I’m sure you will be impressed when you will see them posted. Several folks said that they couldn’t send their syllabi by June 22 but could do so soon afterward. So I am … Continue reading Call for DR Syllabi Extended to June 28
When I started Missouri’s Dispute Resolution LLM Program in the fall of (ahem) a long time ago, I took Understanding Conflict which Len taught. It was the first class where he had a heavy mindfulness component, which was both brilliant and strange. I remember thinking at the time that Len was just so far ahead … Continue reading Another Instance Where Riskin is Ahead of His Time
Jim Coben, on behalf of himself and Nancy Welsh, is circulating the following request. Dear Colleagues: I write to appeal to the “hive-mind” on behalf of the Dispute Resolution Magazine. In the upcoming fall issue, we are planning to include a “numbers” teaser box. More specifically, it’s an opportunity to feature interesting statistics and/or other … Continue reading Coben and Welsh Want Your Favorite Number
Kristen Blankley‘s recent Florida Law Review article on “Impact Preemption” is worth a read. She goes one step beyond the by-now-well-trodden ground of critiquing the bases for recent Supreme Court arbitration jurisprudence on preemption. Instead, tracing back to the Concepcion case, she suggests that the combination of recent Supreme Court cases has gone beyond field preemption … Continue reading Blankley on Arbitration Preemption
The LA Times is reporting that Uber has lost its bid for arbitration in a suit brought by its drivers. According to the article, a federal judge in San Francisco found that the arbitration clauses in the 2013 and 2014 Uber contracts with its drivers unenforceable because they “are both procedurally and substantively unconscionable.” The … Continue reading The Next California Arbitration Case to Go to the Supreme Court?
A financially struggling middle-class family receives a briefcase with $100K and must make a decision: keep the money; share the money with another struggling family; or give all the money away to that other struggling family. Before making this decision, they have an opportunity to learn more about the other struggling family. They have 72 … Continue reading New show: The Briefcase