Tag Archives: skills and techniques

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

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

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

ABA Programs on Evaluation in Mediation and Relational Practice

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

Tenth Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

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, mediation, advocacy, and arbitration … Continue reading Tenth Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

ABA Conference Sessions You Might Enjoy

I love the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution annual conferences. They always put on a wide array of wonderful sessions and it’s a great time to connect with friends, old and new. As in the past, I am listing some sessions that particularly intrigue me.  This reflects my idiosyncratic tastes and it would be a … Continue reading ABA Conference Sessions You Might Enjoy

Stone Soup:  How to Make the Most in a Continuing Education Program

Following this exchange on the blog, Lainey Feingold emailed me asking for advice about using Stone Soup in an upcoming Structured Negotiation training for lawyers and advocates from legal services organizations.  The training would include a case study and two role-play exercises.  She asked if there are some Stone Soup questions she might ask and … Continue reading Stone Soup:  How to Make the Most in a Continuing Education Program

World Mediation Congress and Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament

From TFOI Teresa Frisbie: The International academy of Dispute Resolution and Loyola’s Dispute Resolution Program present the INADR World Mediation Congress and 17th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament World Mediation Congress, March 6-7 International Mediation Tournament, March 8-10 Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy Philip H. Corboy Law Center 25 E. Pearson Street Chicago, IL Join us in Chicago for … Continue reading World Mediation Congress and Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament

Stone Soup: Texas Bar Program for Lawyers and Mediators on Planned Early Negotiation

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

Stone Soup, Reflective Practice, Action Research, and Social Justice

Some questions for law professors:  Why did you go to law school?  Why did you decide to go into academia?  What do you want to accomplish in your work?  What do you hope for your students? In this post, I give my answers to these questions, which I think will resonate for many readers of … Continue reading Stone Soup, Reflective Practice, Action Research, and Social Justice

Stone Soup Assessment:  Gemma Smyth’s Access to Justice Course

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