Paul M. Lurie, now a retired partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, in 2013 created the Guided Choice Interest Group and its website.  It established what is now known as the Guided Mediation, which was originally called Guided Choice Mediation.  Here’s his description of the current process. Guided Mediation is a collection of best practices and tools in actual use that increase mediation efficiency, get earlier settlements, reduce legal and consultants’ fees, and minimize business disruption.  It focuses on designing a mediation process best suited for disputes to increase the chances of a successful and efficient resolution.  It is…
People enjoy being in their comfort zones. The challenge is in order to grow change is essential, but getting people out of their comfort zones is hard. Adapting to change is important because it’s inevitable. If you choose not to keep up you will be left behind. A great example is technology. No matter what you do for a living, technology is improved or created, and then you have to (or some may view it as forced to) learn to incorporate it in your daily work routines. For attorneys, it could be a new billing software, document management software or…
Dilyara Nigmatullina just published an article entitled, Planned Early Dispute Resolution Systems and Elements: Experiences and the Promise of Technology, in the Journal of International Dispute Settlement.  She is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) Faculty of Law, Law Enforcement Research Group. Here’s the abstract: The COVID-19 outbreak has severely impacted global business communities. Experts predict a tsunami of disputes.  In this unprecedented situation, rational, cost-effective and quick dispute resolution is no more an option but a need.  This need may be met by Planned Early Dispute Resolution (PEDR) and technological tools.  Although the uptake of…
You have a right to see your medical records.  Recent changes in the law and in federal regulations are increasing your rights in this area.  Know your rights and take advantage of them. If you have received medical treatment in the past couple of years, you have probably been invited to register to use a patient portal by your provider.  These portals have many uses.  You can schedule appointments, exchange messages with your provider and review your records.  These are all important and helpful actions and you should be sure to register and take advantage of them. Perhaps the most…
With rising tuition costs and the increasing uncertainty of entering today’s job market, many students fear whether investing in a bachelor’s degree is worth the return. The high cost of education that falls on many households and families every year is overwhelming, leaving many students stuck with no other option but to seek financial aid. […]…
The Law Library provides you with unlimited access to a number of premium resources while you are in school but it’s important for you to know the dates that you will lose access (if you graduate) and the limitations that you have while using these platforms for non-academic work. Summary of Legal Research Platform Access Service Summer Access Post-Graduation Access Important Notes Bloomberg Law Unrestricted access (academic or commercial use). 6 months after graduation. Lexis Advance Unrestricted access (academic or commercial use). Until December 31, 2021 for Spring graduates. Can apply for 12 months of access if working at a…
Our friend, Rick Bales, has a new article on SSRN examining the ways in which Canada handled workplace issues during Covid. Novel Issues in Canadian Labour Arbitration Related to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-21 changed working conditions for millions of Canadians quickly and dramatically. Employers responded by requiring employees to quarantine, implementing workplace COVID policies, disciplining employees who violated those policies, changing work schedules, cancelling leaves or vacations, and furloughing or laying off employees. Unions have challenged many of these actions, raising a variety of novel issues that are now being resolved through labour arbitration. This article surveys those…
The theme for the 2021 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference is “Agility, Disruption and Reinvention: ADR in a New World.”   The virtual conference will take place April 4-17. Registration will close at 5 pm ET on April 13. The conference is the largest gathering of the dispute resolution professional community.  Participate in “ADR in a New World”-themed educational programs.  Socialize and network with colleagues and earn CLE credit both live and on-demand, all from the convenience of your home.  This is an excellent chance to update your ADR skillset at a fraction of the cost of the in-person event.…
The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), the Chicago Bar Foundation, the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, and the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) are hosting a three-day virtual event that will focus on the major hows and whys of supporting and implementing the practice of unbundled legal services both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-hosted by Natalie Knowlton, director of special projects, and Michael Houlberg, manager, of IAALS, along with Jessica Bednarz and Samira Nazem of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Sarah Glassmeyer of the ABA Center for Innovation and Standing…
This morning The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Divided Community Project (DCP) released a dispute systems design-centered guide for communities advancing racial equity initiatives. Titled “Planning Initiatives for Working Together To Advance Racial Equity”, the guide was developed in partnership with OSU’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and with input from those who have worked and are working on truth and reconciliation-style commissions, domestic and international mediators and peacemakers, deliberative democracy practitioners, and advocacy and community leaders. DCP hopes to continue to learn from prior and emerging initiatives focused on transformation and racial healing, both in the…