Becoming Ourselves

Michelle Obama’s fabulous memoir, Becoming, has valuable lessons for us in legal education and practice.  This post first summarizes the book and then describes some of these lessons. The book is a chronological narrative of Ms. Obama’s life, which is fascinating in itself, though I was particularly interested in her portrayals of the worlds she … Continue reading Becoming Ourselves

Notes from Hastings’s Symposium on The Integrated Lawyer

From Debra Gerardi:  “Wholeness is not a place you can get to. Wholeness is a kind of attitude or approach to the whole of life. It’s a way.” David Bohm The University of California Hastings College of the Law held a two-day symposium last month entitled, The Integrated Lawyer: A Symposium on Well-Being and the … Continue reading Notes from Hastings’s Symposium on The Integrated Lawyer

Best Practices in International Arbitration Symposium on March 13

From BGOI Richard Peterson: USC’s Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution is sponsoring the USC/JAMS Fourth Annual Symposium: Best Practices in International Arbitration. Network with dispute resolution industry experts and earn MCLE credit at our 4th Annual USC Gould/JAMS Arbitration Symposium.  The symposium will take place at USC Gould on March 13, … Continue reading Best Practices in International Arbitration Symposium on March 13

ODR Forum on October 28-29

From GFOIs Ben Davis and Amy Schmitz: The ODR Forum 2019 will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia from October 29th-30th with a preconference on October 28th.  Presentation proposals are welcome on any topic relevant to ODR, and topics of particular interest include ODR measures and metrics, ODR in the private and public sector, technologies that … Continue reading ODR Forum on October 28-29

Two Shrewd Legislative Negotiators / Mediators

In December, I wrote a post compiling news accounts describing how Nancy Pelosi masterfully negotiated to be elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives. A Washington Post article this week described how she has unified the Democratic Caucus in the House, as described below. I just listened to a recent podcast about how Representative … Continue reading Two Shrewd Legislative Negotiators / Mediators

Call for panel proposals and papers – ASCL annual meeting

From FOI, Stacie Strong: The American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) has just issued a call for proposals for (1) concurrent panels and (2) a works in progress conference to be held in association with the ASCL 2019 Annual Meeting, which will be held at the University of Missouri School of Law between Thursday, October … Continue reading Call for panel proposals and papers – ASCL annual meeting

Moritz’s Divided Community Project Launches “Bridge Initiative @ Moritz” Under Becky Monroe’s New Leadership

On January 2, 2019, Becky Monroe became the second Director of the Divided Community Project. Ms. Monroe comes to the Project with a depth of experience supporting communities in conflict, having served as Counsel and as Interim Director of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Community Relations Service, with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, as a … Continue reading Moritz’s Divided Community Project Launches “Bridge Initiative @ Moritz” Under Becky Monroe’s New Leadership

Ebner on Cross-Cultural Transactions

From FOI Noam Ebner (Creighton): I’m very excited to share that my book, co-edited with friend and colleague Prof. Ayub Khan, has been published. The Palgrave Handbook of Cross-Cultural Business Negotiation goes far beyond ‘negotiation with a business twist.’ After covering the basics, the book focuses on the realities of contemporary international business, in which … Continue reading Ebner on Cross-Cultural Transactions

World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions

From my colleague, Amy Schmitz: The World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions is a competition to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and successful solutions to improve access to justice. All entries must be received by 8 February 2019. World Justice Challenge finalists will present their work at the World Justice Forum VI “Realizing Justice … Continue reading World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions

Request for proposals: AALS ADR Section 2019 Works-in-progress conference

Hosting the AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section 2019 Works-in-Progress Conference The AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is seeking a host for the 13th Annual Works-in-Progress Conference to take place in the fall of 2019. The WIP Conference has become one of the “must attends” in the ADR academic field. Previous hosts include Marquette (2007 and … Continue reading Request for proposals: AALS ADR Section 2019 Works-in-progress conference

President Trump’s Negotiation Skills (or Lack Thereof) – Part 5

In this installment of the potentially-infinite series on President Trump’s negotiation skills or lack thereof, we examine the negotiation leading to the end of the latest shutdown of the federal government as well as other negotiations by Mr. Trump and his associates. Last Friday, Mr. Trump announced that he would sign a bill re-opening the … Continue reading President Trump’s Negotiation Skills (or Lack Thereof) – Part 5