Conflict Resolution|Mediation|systems design

Lawyers as Peacemakers and Changemakers

Conflict Resolution|Mediation|systems design

Lawyers as Peacemakers and Changemakers

Lincoln famously wrote: “As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man.”  Without challenging this proposition, I have often wondered to what extent lawyers are uniquely positioned to achieve “goodness,” or to do “good” for others.  Don’t teachers also have a “superior opportunity” to do...

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Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Interfaith Efforts at Peacemaking

Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Interfaith Efforts at Peacemaking

There is so much to do, see, hear and learn at the ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Meeting that I frequently find myself at a loss how best to spend my time.  If you find yourself in such a quandary, I urge you to consider, at 1:45 p.m. Friday, in Room...

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Arbitration|Conflict Resolution|Ethics|Mediation

Third Party Funding in Arbitration — Ethics and Best Practices

Arbitration|Conflict Resolution|Ethics|Mediation

Third Party Funding in Arbitration — Ethics and Best Practices

In March 2017, New York Law School and the American Arbitration Association convened a discussion of "Hot Topics in Arbitration," one of which involved third party funding.  The event was taped and the provocative discussion can be viewed here. The issue is also addressed in a terrific article appearing in the...

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Conflict Resolution|Uncategorized

Apple’s Terms and Conditions

Conflict Resolution|Uncategorized

Apple’s Terms and Conditions

The invaluable publisher Drawn and Quarterly has ventured smack dab into current legal controversy with the February 2017 release of Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel, by Robert Sikoryak. The artist has taken the complete text of the iTunes Terms and Conditions and set them to graphic comics form.  Moreover, each...

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Arbitration|Conflict Resolution|Europe|International|Mediation

International ADR “Boot Camp” in London

Arbitration|Conflict Resolution|Europe|International|Mediation

International ADR “Boot Camp” in London

Many are the contracts contemplating cross-border purchases, but still sporting conventional forum selection clauses.  Many clients' businesses are running ahead of their attorneys' experience, resulting in contracts like a Florida company shipping to Bolivia, but calling for litigation in Tampa. Ever try to translate a judgment issued a Florida state court...

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Conflict Resolution|Europe|systems design

Two Passions at Once

Conflict Resolution|Europe|systems design

Two Passions at Once

Those who know me, know that I am an avid enthusiast of Richard Wagner's theatre works.  This year alone I have attended a Ring Cycle in Washington, a performance of Das Rheingold in Chicago, a new productions of Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera, another Tristan at the English...

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Conflict Resolution|International|Mediation

Global Pound Conferences: Singapore Report

Conflict Resolution|International|Mediation

Global Pound Conferences: Singapore Report

We have previously noted the series of convenings under the auspices of the International Mediation Institute, Herbert Smith Freehills, and others, under the title "Global Pound Conference."  The first was held in Singapore in March of this year, and a formal report on the proceedings, as well as a analysis...

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