Tag Archives: for teachers and students

How Can We Fix Legal System Failures to Properly Handle Sexual Offenses?

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?

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

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

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

Tenth Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

From TFOI Elayne Greenberg: The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s School of Law and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) invite you to participate in the tenth annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, a competition of competence in the dispute resolution field. The Triathlon is the first and only competition to include negotiation, … Continue reading Tenth Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

Collected Stone Soup Resources

The Stone Soup Project developed an extensive set of materials for faculty to help their students get a better understanding of the real world of practice.  This post collects links to these materials  in one place so that faculty can easily include a Stone Soup assignment in a wide range of courses.  Although these materials … Continue reading Collected Stone Soup Resources

Readings and Resources for Teaching

As you gear up for the new year, here’s a reminder of some of my favorite things you might require or recommend that students read. My short “Letter to Kelly” provides advice for new 1Ls.  If you teach a 1L course, you might assign it even though it doesn’t focus on any particular 1L subject. … Continue reading Readings and Resources for Teaching

Keet and Heavin on Why Litigation Risk Assessment is So Darn Important for Lawyers and Mediators – And How You Can Make Stone Soup With It

Michaela Keet and Heather Heavin (Saskatchewan), have been studying “litigation risk assessment” (LRA), something you probably teach using different names.  You probably emphasize the importance of analyzing BATNAs and preparing for negotiation and mediation, which are basic elements of LRA. Building on their own and others’ research, they developed a simple but comprehensive framework for practitioners … Continue reading Keet and Heavin on Why Litigation Risk Assessment is So Darn Important for Lawyers and Mediators – And How You Can Make Stone Soup With It

Stone Soup in 2L and 3L Courses

The Stone Soup Project is about learning how things actually work in practice.  Exposing students to the real world of practice through interviews or observations of actual cases can help them make sense of legal doctrine. Although we have started using Stone Soup in traditional ADR courses, the same techniques can work in a wide … Continue reading Stone Soup in 2L and 3L Courses

Stone Soup in 1L Courses

Many colleagues see an obvious benefit from using Stone Soup assignments in traditional dispute resolution courses but have doubts about using them in other courses, especially 1L courses.  At the ABA Legal Educators’ Colloquium, some people worried that using Stone Soup in 1L courses would overwhelm students. That shouldn’t necessarily be the case, especially if … Continue reading Stone Soup in 1L Courses

Stone Soup in Canada

Last month, Michaela Keet (Saskatchewan), Martha Simmons (Osgoode Hall), Gemma Smyth (Windsor), and I gave a presentation about the Stone Soup Project at the joint annual conference of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) and Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT). You can click on the following powerpoint to get an overview of … Continue reading Stone Soup in Canada

Charity Scott’s Reflections on Stone Soup

I have been getting in touch with lots of friends and colleagues encouraging them to consider using a Stone Soup assignment in one or more of their courses next year. Charity Scott, Georgia State, who used Stone Soup last year once in Negotiation and twice in Mediation, responded with this lovely email. “Nice to hear … Continue reading Charity Scott’s Reflections on Stone Soup