ADR Center to Conduct New Survey of ADR in Europe

Our friend Giuseppe De Palo reports that the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (“JURI”) will discuss mediation again at the February 26, 2015, ‘Civil Law & Justice Forum’ in Brussels, and the ADR Center has been asked to present a follow-up to its 2014 study, “Rebooting the Mediation Directive.”

 

The Center has prepared a survey that will be the basis for its presentation, and seeks to have as many and as varied people as possible complete it.  The short mediation survey can be found at this link: https://it.surveymonkey.com/s/77T6PKK.  All those in the EU who are interested in ADR are encouraged to fill out the survey and encourage others to do so.

 

CLE Program on “ADR and Young Lawyers”

The ABA Business Law Section is partnering with New York Law School to present a half-day CLE Symposium on “ADR and the Young Lawyer” on Friday morning, January 30.

               

The event, held from 9:00 to 1:45, features speakers from leading corporations, law firms and ADR institutions, and advises lawyers on how competency in ADR skills can assist them in creating distinctive careers and practices.  3.0 CLE credits are offered and both breakfast and lunch are offered.

The Keynote speaker will be Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the ABA.

Information and registration can be found here.

 

New Book on “Business Divorce”

A while ago I was engaged to assist two partners who had worked since their college years to build up a very successful business.  Now, more than 25 years later, they could barely be in the same room with each other, and wanted help in finding a way out.

Just the other day, I opened the first page of Stephen H. Knee’s book, Business Divorce, and found this problem described:

Two individuals form a business.  One has expertise in the normal back-office functions, the other is a great salesperson.  Over the years, one of the individuals begins to feel that she is contributing much more to the business than the other individual and that is unfair, because both are drawing the same salary and are 50-50 owners.  The resentment results in the individuals barely communicating with each other and adversely affects the performance of the business.  The decision-making process becomes deadlocked — the resentment builds until there is an event that pushes the first individual over the cliff.  The battle has begun.

Stephen Knee, where were ya when I needed ya??

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Invitation for Students to Examine Civil Conflict

Professor Stacie Strong of the University of Missouri has announced a student writing competition to prompt critical thinking on the dispute resolution ramifications of the events surrounding the killing in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere.  The details of the competition are below.  It will be interesting to see what examples of rigorous critical thinking this initiative prompts.

Please consider forwarding this information to students and law schools with which you may be connected.  The window is brief — submissions must be received by February 13, 2015. Read more »

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