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

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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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Securities Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration

The Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon is a joint initiative of St. John's University's Center for Dispute Resolution and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). For two days, student teams from law schools around the country meet to test their advocacy skills in the negotiation, mediation and arbitration of a securities dispute.

Students play the roles of attorneys and clients, with some teams in the role of investor and others in the role of broker-dealer. Members of FINRA’s roster of experienced neutrals serve as mediators, arbitrators and judges, critiquing the student teams. Teams are composed of three students, and the competition takes place over two days.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 and Sunday, October 14, 2018
St. John's Manhattan Campus
101 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003


Monday, August 6, 2018

ADR Conference for Law Profs

The Association of American Law Schools Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution 12th Annual Works-in-Progress Conference is October 4-6, 2018, at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

The conference will kick-off with a welcome dinner at 6pm on Thursday, October 4. On Friday, October 5, the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Maryland Carey Law, followed by a dinner, and from 8:30-noon on Saturday, October 6, followed by an afternoon activity for those with later travel plans. A final schedule with specific location details will be posted closer to the conference.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Good Video Depicting Common Adversarial Tactics in Zero-Sum Negotiation

This good short negotiation video on Vimeo is produced at the University of North Carolina and depicts an automobile sale negotiation.

It depicts some adversarial tactics suited for zero sum negotiation about price.
For example, walking away from the table, keeping the other party waiting, adding a new demand late in negotiation, asking the other party's bottom line: "How much are you willing to pay?" And use of a team with a "Good cop, bad cop" (sales person "checks with manager").

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Treaty to Enforce Mediated Settlements Internationally: "Singapore Convention on Mediation"

Yesterday, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) finalized a Convention on the Enforcement of Mediation Settlements and a Model Law for the same.

The convention will be known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation and is scheduled for adoption by the UN General Assembly later this year. On August 1, 2019, the convention will open for signature in Singapore. The final text is not yet online but the draft documents are:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grant Money for ADR Research

The American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation is now accepting Initial Descriptions of Grant Requests. The Foundation will be "focusing on innovative and replicable proposals that provide ADR for vulnerable and underserved populations, or
ADR for community focused dispute resolution."

Interested organizations or individuals should submit a 1-2-page Initial Description of Grant Request no later than October 5, 2018.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

The Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon is a joint initiative of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority(FINRA). For two days, student teams from law schools around the country meet to test their advocacy skills in the negotiation, mediation and arbitration of a securities dispute.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 and Sunday, October 14, 2018

St. John's Manhattan Campus

101 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Charles Craver Wins ABA Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work

Professor Charles Craver of George Washington University Law School is the 2018
recipient of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work.

As the ABA says, "Professor Craver’s writing is prolific and influential. His work on negotiation,
particularly the modern use of distributive negotiation tactics and possible responses to them, has
spawned other research and changed how lawyers approach negotiation. He has written seven
ADR texts, including Effective Legal Negotiation and Settlement, first published in 1986 and
now in its 8th edition."

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Negotiator's Desk Reference

The Negotiator's Desk Reference second edition has been published by Mitchell Hamline's DRI Press. It is edited by Andrea Schneider and Chris Honeyman, and contains contributions from many leading experts on negotiation.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

"Negotiation for Professional Women"

"Negotiation for Professional Women" is the subject of a May 21, 2018, workshop at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Awards for Outstanding ADR Scholarship

Annual awards by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR):

Outstanding Professional Articles:

Winner: Art Hinshaw. “Regulating Mediators.” 21 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 163 (2016)

Joseph T. McLaughlin Original Student Article Award Winner: George Khoukaz. “ADR That is Out of This World: A Regime for the Resolution of Outer-Space Disputes.” Manuscript submitted for publication. Journal of Dispute Resolution (2017)

James Henry Award – The James F. Henry Award, named for CPR’s founder, recognizes “outstanding achievement by individuals for distinguished, sustained contributions to the field of dispute resolution.” Candidates for the award are evaluated for “leadership, innovation and sustaining commitment to the field.”

Winner: Gerald Aksen, Arbitrator & Mediator

Y-ADR Annual Writing Award – The 2018 Y-ADR Annual Writing Award for Efficient & Effective Collaboration Between Corporate Counsel and Outside Counsel was open to lawyers ages 45 or younger or those who have had fewer than eight years of professional experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice, including, but not limited to, as counsel, client, arbitrator, mediator, tribunal secretary or law clerk. The Y-ADR award is generously funded by Assurant, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline and White & Case LLP.

Winner: AlexanderG. Leventhal, Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. “Corporate Counsel are from Mars, Outside Counsel Are from Venus: Building a Successful Attorney-Client Relationship through Communication”

Friday, January 26, 2018

International Mediation and Law School Mediation Tournament

The International Academy of Dispute Resolution and Loyola University Chicago School Of Law’s Dispute Resolution Program Present the INADR World Mediation Congress and 17th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament.

The Congress will take place March 6-7 and will feature speakers and workshops covering all things mediation, highlighted by “The Conflict of Politics and The Politics of Conflict: How to Think About and Respond to Political Conflicts” by Kenneth Cloke.

March 8-10, Loyola University Chicago School of Law will be hosting the mediation tournament with law students from around the world competing and learning about mediation.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Opportunity for law students and new lawyers interested in dispute resolution

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Washington, D.C., from April 4-7, has a discount available. You must be a law student at an accredited law school or an attorney with less than five years’ experience .