October 22, 2014

“Labels Suck”

By John Lande

So said the illustrious founder of our blog – at least until good taste or something else induced her to change the title of an article to the more borrrrrring, “Teaching a New Negotiation Skills Paradigm.” (On the other hand, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014

What is puffing?

By Art Hinshaw

John’s interesting post below leads me to ask a definitional question, what is puffing?  Some people believe it to be a broad term describing all dissembling in negotiation and other see it more narrowly, simply as exaggerating the positive qualities … Continue reading

To Puff or Not to Puff . . . (or When and How to Puff)

By John Lande

I love teaching law students about misrepresentation in negotiation. I call this class, “lying like a lawyer.”   Of course, civilians (i.e., non-lawyers) regularly fudge the facts, let’s call it. While it might be nice if there were bright-line norms … Continue reading

October 20, 2014

Conflict Resolution Flash Mob

By Art Hinshaw

What a fun way to celebrate Conflict Resolution Day.  Thanks to both Sharon Press (Hamline) and Bobbi McAdoo (Hamline) for sending it along.  And did I get a glimpse of Sharon in that video?  

October 16, 2014

Newell on Redefining Attention

By Jen Reynolds

Lauren Newell (Ohio Northern) has published “Redefining Attention (and Revamping the Legal Profession?) for the Digital Generation” on SSRN. The abstract: With computers, text messages, Facebook, cell phones, smartphones, tablets, iPods, and other information and communication technologies (“ICTs”) constantly competing … Continue reading

October 15, 2014

Symposium at Cardozo Asking (and perhaps Answering) “Is Mediation a Sleeping Beauty?

By Jill Gross

Cardozo Law School and its Journal of Conflict Resolution are sponsoring the Jed D. Melnick Annual Symposium, “Is Mediation a Sleeping Beauty?”, on Monday, November 3, 2014 starting at 8:30 a.m.  The impressive line-up of speakers includes many friends of … Continue reading

What is Negotiation?

By John Lande

I know that this sounds like another one of my dumb questions.   But the meaning of negotiation is surprisingly opaque. People have very different ideas about this. And the definition you choose has important practical implications.   I stumbled … Continue reading

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October 14, 2014

Strong on Arbitration and Other Topics

By Jen Reynolds

Over the past year Stacie Strong (Missouri) has been publishing a tremendous number of pieces in the area of arbitration, among other things. See here for some of these pieces. Now that I’m teaching Conflicts of Law, I found “Recognition … Continue reading

October 13, 2014

University of Missouri Symposium on Judges and Judicial Education Contains Insights for Dispute Resolution Scholars

By John Lande

My indefatigable colleague, S. I. Strong, organized an impressive symposium on judicial education and describes the relevance to DR as follows:   On October 9-10, the University of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution (CSDR) convened its annual … Continue reading

October 12, 2014

Just don’t ask and get good karma??!!

By Cynthia Alkon

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 … Continue reading

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October 11, 2014


By Jen Reynolds

I’m in sunny Las Vegas with our friends from the Saltman Center (ten years old!) attending the SALT Teaching Conference. For the conference, I co-submitted a proposal with Suzanne Rowe, the director of Oregon’s Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Center, … Continue reading

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October 9, 2014

Invitation to a MOOC

By Jen Reynolds

From FOI Noam Ebner: Hi everyone, In a couple of weeks, I will be kicking off an educational adventure down a very unclear path, and I’d like to extend an invitation to all of you to join me. Between Oct. … Continue reading

October 8, 2014

Negotiation Ethics and Improvisation

By Art Hinshaw

On Friday Michael Wheeler (Harvard Business School) and I will headlining a program at Northwestern University School of Law entitled Negotiation Ethics and Improvisation (program and registration info here).  For those who don’t already know, Michael’s book The Art of … Continue reading

Fox on Reimagining Reflexive Dispute Resolution Practice

By Jen Reynolds

Ken Fox (Hamline) has published “Mirror as Prism: Reimagining Reflexive Dispute Resolution Practice in a Globalized World” in Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, available here. The abstract: Private dispute resolution processes are an increasingly established global phenomenon. Some … Continue reading

Interested in International Commercial Mediation and Conciliation?

By John Lande

My colleague, S. I. Strong, is conducting a survey and invites you to participate:   I am writing to invite you to complete an anonymous electronic survey that will form part of a research project entitled “Perceptions and Use of … Continue reading

October 7, 2014

PIABA Releases Study Criticizing Lack of Diversity of FINRA Arbitrator Pool

By Jill Gross

At a press conference today and accompanying this press release, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association announced it had conducted a study of FINRA’s arbitrator roster.  It concluded that the roster lacks diversity (in particular, it is 80% male), and … Continue reading

Linda Fienberg To Retire from FINRA Dispute Resolution

By Jill Gross

Linda Fienberg, the long-time President of FINRA Dispute Resolution and FINRA’s Chief Hearing Officer, announced her retirement last month.  (This post is long overdue, I know.)  She joined FINRA in 1996 and, since then, has worked hard to reform the … Continue reading

Tippett on Child Abuse as Employment Dispute

By Jen Reynolds

Liz Tippett (Oregon) has published “Child Abuse as an Employment Dispute” in Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, available on SSRN. The abstract: Child abuse has traditionally been viewed as the exclusive province of the child welfare system and the police. But … Continue reading


By John Lande

This is the season when a flood of promotional literature flows through the mailboxes of law professors, coincidentally right before the US News surveys arrive. So if you are one of the usual suspects, it would be quite understandable if … Continue reading

October 6, 2014

Menkel-Meadow on Other Forms of Justice

By Jen Reynolds

Carrie Menkel-Meadow (UC Irvine) has published “Unsettling the Lawyers: Other Forms of Justice in Indigenous Claims of Expropriation, Abuse, and Injustice” in the University of Toronto Law Journal, available on SSRN. The abstract: This article considers, from the experience of … Continue reading

October 4, 2014

And then on the radio I heard …

By Michael Moffitt

Earlier this week, I was driving to an appointment, and I heard someone talking about Mediation. Only after it was over did I realize that I was listening not to an NPR story, nor to a law-focused podcast, nor to … Continue reading

October 3, 2014

“Lost in the Fine Print” – Robert Reich Film on Forced Arbitration

By Paul Kirgis

On October 6, the Alliance for Justice will release Lost in the Fine Print, a short documentary featuring Robert Reich criticizing “forced arbitration.” (A description and trailer for the movie, plus information about teaching resources and a petition, are available here.) AFJ … Continue reading

WIP Conference Registration – Final Notice

By Paul Kirgis

This is a final reminder that the deadline to register as a presenter for the Eighth Annual AALS ADR Works-in-Progress conference is next Monday, October 6.  The Conference will take place in early November at Southwestern Law School in Los … Continue reading

October 1, 2014

Where I’m Coming From . . . and Want to See Us Go

By John Lande

As I embark on this blog, it might be helpful to lay out my general perspective, which is probably similar to some of your views.   This post (and probably some of my future posts) is different and longer than … Continue reading

ASU Aspiring Law Professors Conference – Reviewed

By Art Hinshaw

About a month ago I posted information about ASU’s Aspiring Law Professors Conference, a conference for those who are preparing to go onto the law professor job market and those who are thinking about becoming a law professor.  I’ve always … Continue reading