In her post this week, Jean Sternlight argues that the logic of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Wellness Int’l Network v. Sharif casts doubt on the constitutionality of private mandatory arbitration, at least as applied to consumers and employees. She challenges the insistence by the Court’s pro-arbitration Justices that arbitration does not implicate constitutional rights ecause arbitrators … Continue reading Another View of the Arbitration Cathedral–Further Thoughts on Sharif
You are cordially invited to this program at the ABA conference in Seattle, which will take place on Friday, April 17, from 3-4:15, in the Orcas Room. My partners in crime for this caper are Alyson Carrel, Jim Coben, and Noam Ebner. Here’s the idea for our program – How many times have you heard … Continue reading Everything You Know about Dispute Resolution is Wrong – Can You Handle the Truth?
As you may have seen on the DRLE listserv, Jean Sternlight (UNLV) will receive this year’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference next month. UNLV has named Hal Abramson (Touro) and Lisa Blomgren Amsler (Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs) as its first Saltman Senior Scholars. Last … Continue reading Awards and Recognitions
Jen wrote a comment about my post that built on Prof. Vincent Cardi’s new article, “Litigation as Violence,” describing some effects of “violence” even from non-physical acts. She wrote: We in ADR should not undervalue, when analyzing the dispute resolution landscape, the regulatory function of litigation in the United States. A business executive may feel … Continue reading Minimizing Unnecessary Violence in Litigation and Other Dispute Resolution Processes
The Washington University School of Law Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program (that’s a mouthful) is sponsoring a symposium on international dispute resolution on Friday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 am until noon. The symposium includes panels entitled “International Arbitration and the Cross-Border Deal” and “Mediating International Disputes – An … Continue reading International Dispute Resolution Symposium at Washington University
Does ADR include trials? I know, I know. This sounds like another one of my dumb questions. Although I have a pretty broad conception of DR, my initial reaction was that trial is one of the few procedures I would exclude from DR. As described below, on reflection, I probably would include trials. More importantly, … Continue reading What is (A)DR About?
Over the past year or so, critics of consumer and employment arbitration have coined a new term for what ADR scholars have historically called mandatory pre-dispute arbitration: “forced arbitration.” The most prominent example appears in the recent film produced by the Alliance for Justice titled Lost in the Fine Print. Narrated by Robert Reich, the movie draws on … Continue reading On “Forced” Arbitration
The Alliance for Justice and SALT will host a reception at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 3 in conjunction with the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The reception will feature a screening of the short film Lost in the Fine Print: Examining the Impact of Forced Arbitration. The film will be followed by brief comments … Continue reading AFJ/SALT Reception at AALS to Screen “Lost in the Fine Print”