Do You Want to Engage Students More in Class? Consider Prohibiting Laptops.

Pace Law Professor Darren Rosenblum published an op-ed in the New York Times describing his experiences with and without laptops in his classroom. He wrote, “When I started teaching, I assumed my ‘fun’ class, sexuality and the law, full of contemporary controversy, would prove gripping to the students.  One day, I provoked them with a … Continue reading Do You Want to Engage Students More in Class? Consider Prohibiting Laptops.

AALS ADR Program in SF on Comparative Commercial Arbitration

If you are planning to attend the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco next week, please join me at the ADR Section’s program (co-sponsored by the Section on Comparative Law) — Comparative Commercial Arbitration: U.S., Asia, Europe, and Latin America — on Friday, January 6, at 1:30pm, in Golden Gate 6 at the Hilton. I … Continue reading AALS ADR Program in SF on Comparative Commercial Arbitration

Pauli on Narrative Mediation, Trump, and Immigration

Carol Pauli (Texas A&M) has just published “Whole Other Story: Applying Narrative Mediation to the Immigration Beat,” in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, available here. The abstract: If Donald Trump, in kicking off his campaign for the White House, was saying “what everyone is thinking” about illegal immigration, it must be that his message … Continue reading Pauli on Narrative Mediation, Trump, and Immigration

A Warning/Plea from Aragaki on Arbitration & Contractarian Visions

Hiro Aragaki’s recent article, Arbitration: Creature of Contract, Pillar of Procedure, 8 Y.B. on Arb. & Mediation 2 (2016), takes a hard, HARD look at the intersection of contractarian values like consent and autonomy in the context of arbitration. The headline is that he begs us to : stop and think twice before invoking the … Continue reading A Warning/Plea from Aragaki on Arbitration & Contractarian Visions

Is Political Moderation a Virtue These Days?

“[E]xtremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!  And . . . moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”  So said Senator Barry Goldwater a half a century ago when he accepted the Republican nomination for president in 1964.  He lost that election in a landslide, so extremism apparently wasn’t such a … Continue reading Is Political Moderation a Virtue These Days?

A Cool Course Assignment for Next Semester — and A Scholarship Opportunity

Tis one of the least fun seasons of the year for faculty:  Time to grade stacks of exams and papers.  While it is exciting to see signs that some of our wards have learned a lot from our instructional efforts, it is depressing to see evidence raising doubts that we inhabit the same galaxy as … Continue reading A Cool Course Assignment for Next Semester — and A Scholarship Opportunity