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
I recently visited our DR friends and colleagues at Quinnipiac, courtesy of an invitation from Charlie Pillsbury, the co-director of their Center on Dispute Resolution. He invited me to give a talk as part of the Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop. Using the patented Stone Soup process of systematically eliciting input from audiences, I tested some … Continue reading How Can Practitioners Help Clients Assess Their Interests and Risks in Litigation?
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
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
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
The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution announced two programs that look really good. One is a webinar, Evaluation: A Potential Tool in Your Mediation Strategy, on July 25, and the other is a Relational Practice Virtual Summit on September 4-7. Video Webinar on Evaluation in Mediation The ADR Section is trying something new – a free … Continue reading ABA Programs on Evaluation in Mediation and Relational Practice
“[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?
On the Kluwer Mediation Blog, Greg Bond wrote a nice post, TED Talks I Have Enjoyed – And that Resonate with the Mediator in Me. He provides brief descriptions of ten talks that he has “found inspiring and that relate to mediation, in the broadest sense of the word.” One of them is Andrea’s talk, Why Women Don’t … Continue reading Ten TED Talks You Might Enjoy
The ABA is offering a 30% discount on its 2017 books. The discount is available only through the end of the month, so you need to act soon to take advantage of this offer. The Section of Dispute Resolution published the following books that qualify for this discount: ● Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence … Continue reading 30% Discount on ABA Books — Thru End of February
This post describes CLE presentations I gave for the Texas Bar. It provides material for participants at the program and is another illustration of how people can use the Stone Soup Project idea of using continuing education programs to produce and share knowledge about actual practice. I previously tested this approach in two days of … Continue reading Stone Soup: Texas Bar Program for Lawyers and Mediators on Planned Early Negotiation
This post describes how Stone Soup pioneers used four different approaches in their mediation courses. Once again, it demonstrates colleagues’ creativity and the great potential for Stone Soup. Charlie Irvine had 20 LLM / MSc students and he assigned them to interview a mediator about a recent case. Students were required to write papers of … Continue reading Stone Soup Assessment: A Tale of Four Mediation Courses, by Charlie Irvine, Jim Levin, Martha Simmons, and Doug Yarn
Recently, Susan Yates and I conducted mediation trainings on behalf of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Office of Mediation and Arbitration, and the University of New Hampshire, School of Law. As part of the trainings, we collected survey data and focus-group-like comments from the … Continue reading Stone Soup: Takeaways From New Hampshire Mediation Training