David Hoffman Inspires Us Again

David Hoffman‘s capacity to lead by inspiration is unparalleled.  When you attend a program or lecture by David, you feel as if he’s talking to you over a table, sharing stuff that matters to him in the hope that it will matter to you, too.

David recently gave a TEDx Talk in Northern Illinois University, and happily it is posted at YouTube.  It’s titled Lawyers as Peacemakers.  Really?!? Yes, Really!  His talk, couched as a summary professional memoir, is actually a testimony to the core impulse of dispute resolution — the desire to help parties to resolve the conflicts that burden them.

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Early Call for DR Section Proposals

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution has announced that proposals for programming for the 2017 Spring Meeting (scheduled for San Francisco April 20-23 2017) are due by Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

This annual event is one of the wonderful ADR-related events of the year, and San Francisco of course among the most delightful cities in the world.  Gina Brown of the ABA notes: “A PDF of the proposal form is available on the Conference RFP web site, http://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/events_cle/annual/conf_rfp.html for preparation and planning purposes. All proposals must be submitted through the online proposal form.”

Screw on your thinking caps, colleagues.  I can’t wait to ttend your programs in San Francisco.


Arbitration Primer for Litigators

The Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association, under the Chairmanship of David C. Singer, has published a dandy 23-page booklet to introduce lawyers accustomed to the courtroom to the intricacies and nuances of representing a client in arbitration.  as the Introduction notes:

It is a common misconception among litigation attorneys that any attorney who has represented a client in court is completely prepared to represent a client in domestic arbitration.  [In fact] the differences between these processes are significant, and could easily prove to be traps for the unwary.


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New ABA Mediator Ethics Opinion

In a previous post I noted the work of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance, which interprets the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (promulgated in 2005 by the ABA, AAA and ACR).  In that same post, I noted the frequent close correlation between ethical lapses and raw stupidity.

Well, we’ve got another one. Read more »

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