Based on my study of lawyers’ actual negotiations, A Framework for Advancing Negotiation Theory: Implications from a Study of How Lawyers Reach Agreement in Pretrial Litigation, I have reluctantly concluded that the generally-accepted understanding of negotiation theory is seriously flawed and that we need a better theory. The current framework relies primarily on two models … Continue reading Problems with the System of Negotiation Models, Part 1
I just posted an item about a conference organized by my former student, Brian Jarrett, who teaches at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. I am very proud of Brian and other former students, and this conference prompted me to reflect on relationships between teachers and students, among others. I would like to think that I have … Continue reading Appreciating Good Ripples
Brian Jarrett (Alaska-Fairbanks Program on Dispute Resolution, Peace-Building, and Restorative Practices) is organizing the Fifth Annual Global Cyber-Conference on Dispute Resolution, which will take place on Wednesday, April 15, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm, Eastern Time. The conference theme is inter-cultural conflict with a particular emphasis on indigenous conflict resolution. The keynote speaker will … Continue reading Global Cyber-Conference on Dispute Resolution
Haskell Murray (Belmont Business School) compiled the following list of ADR twitterers for would-be twitterees. He says that he is sure that the list is incomplete, but it is a good start. “Business” or “Law” notes whether the person teaches in a business school or a law school. If you have a twitter thingee of … Continue reading Tweet, ADR, Tweet
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?
My colleague, S.I. Strong, is coordinating a student writing competition about the events in Ferguson as follows: The University of Missouri is sponsoring a student writing competition analyzing the events in Ferguson (and elsewhere) from a dispute resolution / conflicts resolution perspective, as described on the competition website. The deadline is relatively soon — February … Continue reading Student Writing Competition About Ferguson and Related Events
Lately, we have talked about Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Prince Charming, fairy godmothers, aristocrats, wicked witches, mutant children, beasts, step-sisters, cooks, doctors, firefighters, and boy scouts. (Note several different links.) Now zombies, black holes, frogs, and more junior royalty. My colleague, Rafael Gely, recently sent an email to folks in our Center about the work … Continue reading Is Legal Education a Zombie?
I recently stumbled upon a useful analogy that I used in our required Lawyering course, namely that lawyers are like “conflict doctors.” For our final class, we read an excerpt of an article by Frank Sander and Stephen Goldberg with tables identifying various client goals and impediments to settlement. The article listed goals related … Continue reading Conflict Doctors
In 1998, commenting on the hot controversy about the “Rand Report’s” finding that certain mediation programs did not save time or money (measured in terms of lawyers’ work hours), Professor Craig McEwen argued that it was the wrong question to ask whether “mediation works.” Critics of the Report had argued that its methodology led to … Continue reading Some Good Questions
“Oh Boy! A fight.” That’s often what I say in class when students vigorously disagree. I like these “fights” because they usually lead to helpful discussions that clarify differing views. So when Andrea wrote her post, Puffing Sucks, I thought, “Oh Boy! A fight.” She argues that puffing is “[l]ying, through and through,” … Continue reading Some Puffing Sucks . . . But Developing Good Relationships Is More Likely to be Effective than a New Rule
I am one of several people on the LEAPS committee who scans certain blogs to identify people who may not be familiar with LEAPS and let them know about it. So I subscribe to the Best Practices for Legal Education blog and the blog for IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal … Continue reading Resources about the FRCP and Legal Education
We often think of negotiation as a distinct and climactic phase of a dispute. Interactions leading up to the final settlement event are often considered merely as preparation, if that. In litigated cases, we often ignore the litigation as if it was largely irrelevant to the information available and the dynamics in negotiation. I base … Continue reading What is Negotiation?, Part 2