Over the past year, we have witnessed growing evidence of the massive failures of our legal system to deal properly with a rampant system in which powerful men sexually dominate others, especially women. This post describes the nature, magnitude, and consequences of a long-term history of criminal and civil sexual offenses in the US and … Continue reading How Can We Fix Legal System Failures to Properly Handle Sexual Offenses?
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
I recently joined the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Publications Board, which recruits people to write books, reviews book proposals, and oversees the Section’s bookselling operation. If you might want to write a book for the Section, you can contact Pub Board chair Rebecca Price and/or vice-chair Andy Little. I came to appreciate the importance … Continue reading The New Handshake: Using ODR to Create Value for Consumers and Businesses
“[I]f . . . I act for the Big Bad Wolf against Little Red Riding Hood and I don’t want this dispute resolved, I want to tie it up as long as I possibly can, and mandatory mediation is custom made. I can waste more time, I can string it along, I can make sure … Continue reading A Good Bad-Faith Policy?
Recently, I did a post about a new book that Forrest (“Woody”) Mosten co-authored about unbundled legal services. Woody just sent me a link to a podcast conversation he had with our friend, Dr. Julie Macfarlane, the director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP). In this podcast, entitled “Back to the Future of Legal … Continue reading Conversation Between Julie Macfarlane and Woody Mosten about Unbundling and Self-Represented Litigants
Gemma Smyth is the Externship Program Director for the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, in Canada, which has a long tradition of focusing on access to justice. Windsor is so committed to this mission that it requires all students to take an Access to Justice course in their first semester. Gemma is one of … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessment: Gemma Smyth’s Access to Justice Course
TPKATVT is back. It actually hadn’t gone away, though I hadn’t seen signs of it for a while. TPKATVT, aka The Phenomenon Known as the Vanishing Trial, got started by a 2004 report written by Professor Marc Galanter, The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials and Related Matters in Federal and State Courts. Each year … Continue reading TPKATVT
The presidential election campaign this year has provided several teachable moments for law students and lawyers and this post focuses on one of them. Unless you have been hibernating for the past few weeks, you know that a number of women have accused Republican candidate Donald J. Trump of sexual misconduct. Mr. Trump and his … Continue reading Why Don’t People Complain? Implications for Defense Counsel. And Some Practical Ethics Hypos for Students.
We have such an incredible group of people in our community doing wonderful work in so many different areas. Forty years ago, at the 1976 Pound Conference, Frank Sander proposed the multi-door courthouse. Before then, mediation and arbitration had been widely used in the labor context for decades but there wasn’t much else going on … Continue reading Global Pound Conference, Papal Encyclical on the Environment, and Cyberweek
You may have heard about the lawsuit that Gretchen Carlson filed against Roger Ailes. According to the New York Times: “Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, was accused on Wednesday of forcing out a prominent female anchor after she refused his sexual advances and complained to him about persistent harassment in the newsroom, a … Continue reading Will Gretchen Carlson’s Case Against Roger Ailes Go Through the Courts, Not Arbitration, Because of Sloppy Drafting?
My colleague, S.I. Strong, recently circulated on the DRLE listserv a link to a survey conducted in 2015 for the National Center for State Courts. The survey involved a nationwide random sample of 1000 members of the public (actually registered voters). This is a very respectable sample, especially considering that the reported findings are very … Continue reading Compared to What?
Alert readers of this blog will recall that amendments of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect on Dec. 1, 2015, including a new requirement that discovery be “proportional to the needs of the case.” The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) thinks that’s a good thing. Critics, like … Continue reading Is Proportionality of Discovery Good or Bad?