By Stephen Ware, a law professor at KU, in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

ADR and Access to Justice Conference

ADR and Access to Justice Conference is the title of an upcoming conference at Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street in New York City,  Nov. 1.

The ADR and Access to Justice Conference will consist of four panels of speakers offering a critical analysis of ADR's access to justice. Register online. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

$1000 Prize in #ADR Writing Competition for Law Students


One prize of $1,000 dollars will be awarded for the best entry as judged by the Boskey Essay Committee, comprised of representatives from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. In addition, the winning essay will be considered for possible publication in Dispute Resolution Magazine.

The competition is open to anyone who was a full-time or part- time J.D. law student at an ABA-accredited law school during the 2018-19 academic year.

Details here

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Securities Arbitration, Mediation, and Negotiation Competition for Law Students

Law schools will compete in negotiation, mediation, advocacy, and arbitration in the tenth annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, sponsored by The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s School of Law and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019

St. John’s Manhattan Campus
101 Astor Place
New York, NY 10003

To participate in the 2019 Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, please register here.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Video of Asian Mediation

Produced by Suffolk University’s Dispute Resolution Center and the Youth College of Hong Kong,
a 3 minute preview is at  The entire video and roleplay instructions can be downloaded without charge from “New Videos” at

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Mediation Instead of Incarceration After Violent Crimes

"Restorative justice" is the usual name for alternatives to incarceration that rest on mediation. Professor Michelle Alexander summarizes one program as follows:

The restorative circle, a meeting during which responsible parties sit with those they have harmed (or surrogates who take their place), a trained facilitator, and people who support both parties, is central to the process. It offers those affected by a crime with the power and opportunity to ask questions, as well as describe their needs and the ways they’ve been harmed. Ultimately, the parties strive to reach agreement about what the responsible party can do to make things as right as possible. The circle can be transformative for both survivors and those who’ve caused harm.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Negotiation Training

The 2019 Negotiation Institute of the American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution 
is Feb. 15 at San Diego's Hotel del Coronado. It is led by George Washington University Law Professor Charles G. Craver and includes a blend of lectures and hands-on mock negotiations and mediations.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Negotiation Theory and Brexit

Harvard Professor and author of “Negotiating the Impossible" Deepak Malhotra applies negotiation theory to Brexit in today's NY Times: "Ignoring the genuine 'red lines' of your negotiation counterpart is often a costly mistake."

Malhotra explains why U.K. Prime Minister Teresa May "must first stop negotiating like an agent and start negotiating like a mediator."

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Negotiation Videos

Good videos depicting lawyers in a transactional negotiation. These videos show tactics for exploring interests, identifying BATNA, and anchoring positions. The videos are by Professors Dwight Golann (Suffolk University Law School) and Marjorie Corman Aaron (University of Cincinnati College of Law).

Monday, November 19, 2018

Negotiation Competition for Law Students

The South Texas College of Law in Houston hosts an Energy Law Negotiation Competition that  provides students with an opportunity to develop their negotiation skills with real world fact patterns based on current issues in the field of energy law.

The 5th Annual Energy Law Negotiation Competition will be held on April 6-7, 2019.
Registration for the 2019 competition is now open. The registration fee is $350.

Monday, October 15, 2018

New Videos on Settlement Negotiation, Exploring Clients' Interests by @ADRvideos

One new video from the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution shows the full negotiation of a roleplay arising from a landowner dispute, in person and by telephone (20 minutes). Three new videos focus on specific situations:
Dealing with “stonewalling” (7 min)
A client who rejects a tentative deal (5 min)
In a related roleplay, Settle II, lawyers exploring clients’ interests (9 min)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

ADR Continuing Legal Education in Kansas and Missouri

Taking Dispute Resolution to the Next Level: A Litigator’s/Mediator’s Guide to Expanding Settlement Opportunities offers  6.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of Ethics in Kansas & Missouri, Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Robert L. Gernon Law Center, Topeka.

The schedule:

8:30 a.m.         Check-In & Registration
9:00 a.m.        The Intersection of Insurance and Successful Settlement
 Sullivan, Attorney at Law, Overland Park
                        John Cusick, Barnes Law Firm LLC, Kansas City, MO
                        Mark Meyer, American Family Insurance Co., Lee's Summit, MO
Jeff Cox, Cox Law Office LLC, Raymore, MO
9:50 a.m.         Family Law: Shared Parenting Plans Under the New Tax Code; Drafting Property Settlement Agreement Provisions 
                        Dealing with Retirement Assets
Aline Barrett, Kansas Mediation Concepts, Topeka
                        Adina F. Morse, Curtis G. Barnhill PA, Lawrence
10:40 a.m.       Break
10:55 a.m.       Employment Law Settlement Agreements: Covering All of the Bases
                        Jon E. Newman
Hite Fanning & Honeyman LLP, Wichita
11:45 a.m.       Lunch (provided)
12:30 p.m.      Probate ADR Opportunities and Issues
Cathleen A. Gulledge, Law Office of Cathleen Gulledge LLC, Wichita
1:20 p.m.        Healthcare ADR Issues and Opportunities
  Frankie J. Forbes, Forbes Law Group LLC, Overland Park
                        Brian J. Niceswanger, Evans & Dixon LLC, Overland Park
                        Randy J. TrouttHite Fanning & Honeyman LLP, Wichita
2:10 p.m.        Break
2:25 p.m.        Swimming with the Sharks: Negotiation Ethics for Guppies
Larry R. Rute, Associate in Dispute Resolution LLC, Topeka
3:15 p.m.        Adjourned

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dispute Resolution Conference Texas A&M Nov. 16-17

November 16, 2018, Texas A&M Law’s Dispute Resolution Program will hold its 2018 annual symposium: Shining a Light on Dispute Resolution: Transparency, Metrics and Empirical Research.  Panels will focus on:

  • Mediation and online dispute resolution (ODR) in the courts
  • Plea bargaining, and
  • Diversity/inclusivity among neutrals 
Tom StipanowichThe keynote will be presented by Tom Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University of School of Law and Dean of the Straus Institute. Dean Stipanowich is in residence at Texas A&M this semester as a Hagler Institute Faculty Fellow.
Confirmed presenters include:
  • Pat Chew (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Sarah Cole (Ohio State University)
  • Ben Davis (University of Toledo)
  • Paula Hannaford-Agor (National Center for State Courts)
  • Pamela Metzger (SMU)
  • JJ Prescott (University of Michigan)
  • Peter Reilly (Texas A&M University School of Law)
  • Erika Rickard (Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Andrea Schneider (Marquette University)
  • Donna Shestowsky (UC-Davis)
  • Donna Stienstra (Federal Judicial Center)
  • Maria Volpe (John Jay College-CUNY)
  • Ron Wright (Wake Forest University)
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Texas A&M also will hold a half-day Regional Dispute Resolution “Schmooze.”  This will be an opportunity for participants to:
  • Present and receive feedback on dispute resolution-related scholarly works-in-progress and
  • Provide feedback to the National Center for State Courts and The Pew Charitable Trusts regarding evaluation metrics for court-connected ODR pilots. 
There is no registration fee for either day, but all attendees must register

Click here for the tentative agenda for November 16-17, 2018.

Friday, September 14, 2018

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Mediation Week

October 14 - 20, 2018, is the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution's Mediation Week

This year's theme is “Mediation, Civil Discourse, and ABA 2011 Resolution 108”. 

Hat tip to John Lande