NPR and Mediation for Elder Issues

This morning NPR’s Morning Edition show aired a story on the mediation of elder care issues.  Like many such stories, it discusses the basics of mediation and mentions how to find mediators in one’s area for handle such issues.  Audio and print versions of the story can be found at:   www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102972077      

Birth of a New ADR Organization

  In 2006 American Board of Neutrals Association (ABNA) incorporated and started accepting applications for membership this January.  The organization is geared towards those who have graduate degrees – masters, doctoral, LLM – in the field of Negotiations and Conflict/Alternative Dispute Resolution/Peace Studies.  The ABNA’s web site indicates that it is quite an ambitious organization.  … Continue reading Birth of a New ADR Organization

Fujimori, Blogs, and Transitional Justice

At our International Media & Conflict Conference in March, Professor Lisa Laplante discussed the use of blogs in tracking transitional justice efforts and, in particular, her blog on the Fujimori trial in Peru.  The blog is a unique bilingual effort to keep the world apprised of this trial.  Yesterday, the Peruvian court announced their guilty verdict–the … Continue reading Fujimori, Blogs, and Transitional Justice

Pyett Analysis — Unions can waive but what is clear and unmistakable?

As those of you who follow arbitration know, 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett raised the age-old question whether a union can waive an individual employee’s right to bring a statutory claim in court by mandating that statutory claims be arbitrated through a clause negotiated in a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”). The issue was initially resolved … Continue reading Pyett Analysis — Unions can waive but what is clear and unmistakable?

Pyett Decided Today — Union can waive rights

The US Supreme Court today held that a collective-bargaining agreement that clearly and unmistakably requires union members to arbitrate ADEA claims is enforceable as a matter of federal law. The Court did not overrule Gardner-Denver; rather, it distinguished it. The decision was 5-4 with Thomas writing the majority opinion. Here is the cite: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/08pdf/07-581.pdf I … Continue reading Pyett Decided Today — Union can waive rights

International Media & Conflict Resolution Conference

Last weekend, we hosted a truly special gathering of scholars and practitioners in the area of media, journalism, international relations, communications, psychology, law and dispute resolution.  I will be blogging a few more times about the conference, abstracts, and upcoming Marquette Law Review on the symposium but wanted, for now, to post a couple responses … Continue reading International Media & Conflict Resolution Conference