Stephen Colbert, Ambassador Andrew Young, and How to Negotiate the End of the WGA Strike

I was catching up on my taped Colbert Report shows over the weekend and saw a brilliant interview with Ambassador Andrew Young from earlier in January.  It turns out that Andrew Young negotiated with Stephen Colbert’s father to settle a strike in South Carolina over 40 years ago.  Black nurses at one of South Carolina’s … Continue reading Stephen Colbert, Ambassador Andrew Young, and How to Negotiate the End of the WGA Strike

The Writer’s Guild Strike and American Gladiators

There are many unforseen consequences of the writer’s strike, not the least of which is that my law students are watching American Gladiators.  (Maybe they would do this anyway but I am clinging to the hope that, faced with choices, they would not.)  When is the writer’s strike going to end?   Is this strike, like the … Continue reading The Writer’s Guild Strike and American Gladiators

Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution Symposium on Dispute Systems Design Tomorrow

A terrific symposium will occur tomorrow at the Moritz College of Law. You can watch a live webcast of the symposium at http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/jdr/symposium.html. Speakers include Cathy Costantino, Judge Wayne Brazil, Lisa Bingham, David Lipsky, Dale Hetzler, John Lande and Francis McGovern. The Second Generation of Dispute System Design: Reoccurring Problems and Potential Solutions January 24, … Continue reading Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution Symposium on Dispute Systems Design Tomorrow

Arbitration Conference at University of Texas School of Law

Professor Alan Rau sent me the following announcement about an upcoming conference on arbitration: What Can the Arbitrator Do? Remedies in Commercial, Investment and Energy Arbitrations’ April 17-18, 2008 St. Regis Hotel Houston, Texas Presented by The Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague The Houston International Arbitration Club, Inc. The University of Texas School of … Continue reading Arbitration Conference at University of Texas School of Law

Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law Revisited

With the two new Supreme Court decisions handed down at the beginning of last week regarding judicial discretion in federal sentencing and the federal sentencing commission allowing retroactivity on some of the sentences regarding crack cocaine, it appears that the pendulum may start swinging back in favor of allowing more judicial control over sentencing. Until … Continue reading Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law Revisited