Sotomayor’s Arbitration Jurisprudence

Russ Bleemer at CPR just sent me a very interesting link regarding Judge and Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s arbitration jurisprudence. I’d taken a brief look at this myself and concluded that she seems to follow the general philosophy that enforcing arbitration agreements and awards is part of the national federal policy favoring arbitration. I … Continue reading Sotomayor’s Arbitration Jurisprudence

Dean Chris Guthrie – Vanderbilt

No formal announcement from Vanderbilt yet, but Brian Leiter posted the news earlier today, and Chris confirmed it to me in an email this evening. Vanderbilt is a lucky, lucky school.  I look forward to watching the law school under Chris’s leadership. Michael Moffitt

Mandatory Arbitration and Fairness

A propos of several recent postings on this blog about the Arbitration Fairness Act, Professor David S. Schwartz (U. Wisconsin) recently posted on SSRN an article entitled “Mandatory Arbitration and Fairness,” forthcoming in the Notre Dame Law Review.  Here is the abstract: Until recently, it was understood that mandatory arbitration was a “do-it-yourself tort reform”: … Continue reading Mandatory Arbitration and Fairness

Happy Therapeutic Birthday: The First Drug Court Turns 20

Earlier this month the first drug court in the USA, in Dade County Florida, marked its 20th birthday. Many newspapers observed the anniversary and published what are now fairly commonplace stories about successful participants—along with a new twist of possible drug court closures due to tough economic times. At this point one third of all … Continue reading Happy Therapeutic Birthday: The First Drug Court Turns 20

More in the quest to define elusive mediator approaches/styles

In the Spring 2009 issue of Conflict Resolution Quarterly appears an article by Charkoudian, de Ritis, Buck and Wilson entitled, Mediation by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet, or Would It?  The Struggle to Define Approaches to Mediation.  (Vol. 23 Issue 3, p.293.) The authors conducted two studies reasonably contemporaneously, and report them together. … Continue reading More in the quest to define elusive mediator approaches/styles

NASAA Supports Arbitration Fairness Act

Yesterday, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced its full support (see press release here) of the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2009, which amends the Federal Arbitration Act to bar enforcement of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in a consumer, employment, franchise and civil rights dispute.  NASAA, whose membership consists of the securities administrators in the 50 states … Continue reading NASAA Supports Arbitration Fairness Act