Serial Podcast Shows How Much You Can Learn From a Single Case

The first episode of the Serial podcast’s new season is a dramatic illustration of how much you can learn from a single case.  The case involves a young white woman who was prosecuted for her participation in a bar fight.  The Serial team are incredible storytellers, so this podcast is not “just” educational, but it … Continue reading Serial Podcast Shows How Much You Can Learn From a Single Case

Real-Life Account of Litigation Stress in Bill Cosby Case

I just wrote a post describing “litigation stress” that parties experience during litigation, noting that this can be particularly painful in some cases like those involving sexual assault allegations. Allegations of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh have been in the news a lot lately.  While these allegations aren’t being litigated in court, the process … Continue reading Real-Life Account of Litigation Stress in Bill Cosby Case

Reality-Testing Questions for Real Life and Simulations – and Ideas for Stone Soup Assignments

Litigation offers many potential benefits.  It can help people solve difficult problems, make relationships and institutions function properly, and promote justice.  It enables people to enlist legitimate, independent government officials to resolve disputes when the parties can’t resolve disputes themselves.  Indeed, litigation provides mechanisms for structuring dispute resolution processes that enable most parties to ultimately … Continue reading Reality-Testing Questions for Real Life and Simulations – and Ideas for Stone Soup Assignments

Charles Craver to Deliver OSU’s 2018 Lawrence Lecture

On Monday September 24, 2018 , GW Professor Charles Craver will deliver the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s 2018 Lawrence Lecture: Negotiator Styles and Six Stages of the Negotiation Process. Here is the description from OSU’s website (https://go.osu.edu/Lawrence2018): Professor Craver will leverage decades of experience teaching negotiation and alternative dispute resolution as he … Continue reading Charles Craver to Deliver OSU’s 2018 Lawrence Lecture

Serial Podcast Examines the Criminal Justice System

Like millions of others, I got hooked on the Serial podcasts.  The first season told the story of a real-life whodunit, examining the trial of a young man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend.  The second season focused on Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier who left his base in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban … Continue reading Serial Podcast Examines the Criminal Justice System

Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research

From my dear colleague and FOI, Professor Nancy Welsh, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Texas A&M: Texas A&M Law’s Dispute Resolution Program is very pleased to invite you to our annual symposium: Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research. It will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018, with … Continue reading Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research

Creighton Program on Disrupting Law and Reclaiming Justice on October 8

The Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) Program in the Creighton University Graduate School is excited to invite you to Disrupting Law, Reclaiming Justice – an upcoming event at Creighton that brings to the Heartland a national conversation about the need to remake the legal system – for it to be more responsive to more people, … Continue reading Creighton Program on Disrupting Law and Reclaiming Justice on October 8

Building Political Common Ground

Probably like many readers of this blog, I have been very uncomfortable with our highly polarized politics lately.  I have written about my conflicted feelings about how to deal with these issues, including this article, How Can We Build Common Ground Between Bubbles? Clearly, it is counterproductive to try to build common ground with people … Continue reading Building Political Common Ground

What Do Litigants Really Want?

GFOI Donna Shestowsky (California-Davis) recently wrote the latest in a series of her studies asking actual litigants about their procedural preferences.  The article is Inside the Mind of the Client:  An Analysis of Litigants’ Decision Criteria for Choosing Procedures, 36 Conflict Resolution Quarterly 69 (2018).  Here’s the abstract:     This article presents findings from … Continue reading What Do Litigants Really Want?

Appreciating This Year’s Stone Soup Faculty

I am very proud to present the roster of faculty who are using Stone Soup in their courses this year to help students learn about actual cases.  This features 52 faculty members, including about 22 who are starting to use it this year.  They come from 37 schools, including about 14 where it is being used … Continue reading Appreciating This Year’s Stone Soup Faculty

Pepperdine Launches Jewish Divorce Mediation Clinic

In partnership with the Jewish Divorce Assistance Center of Los Angeles, Pepperdine is launching the Jewish Divorce Mediation Clinic.  According to Pepperdine’s Surf Report (best ever name for a law school news update) this description The School of Law is launching the Jewish Divorce Mediation Clinic in Fall 2018. Open to JD and LL.M. students … Continue reading Pepperdine Launches Jewish Divorce Mediation Clinic