From AFOI Alyson Carrel:

Last month, there were four interviews to celebrate the launch of the new book, Discussions in Dispute Resolution.  Here is a link to a website featuring recordings of all four interviews.

March 4 – Carrie Menkel-Meadow interviewed by Art Hinshaw about her article, Pursuing Settlement in an Adversary Culture: A Tale of Innovation Co-Opted or the “Law of ADR

March 11- Jean Sternlight interviewed by Sarah Cole about her article, Panacea or Corporate Tool?: Debunking the Supreme Court’s Preference for Binding Arbitration

March 18 – Robert Mnookin interviewed by Andrea Schneider about his article, Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law: The Case of Divorce

March 25 – Leonard Riskin interviewed by Alyson Carrel about his article, Understanding Mediators’ Orientations, Strategies, and Techniques: A Grid for the Perplexed

On March 25, we also celebrated Professor Len Riskin’s larger on the ADR field by collecting a BoomBox Gift of stories, poems, and memories. If you would like to share a story, poem, or memory with Professor Riskin, please click here and we will make sure to send it to him!

From BFOI Debra Berman:

The Legal Educators Colloquium Social Hour will take place on Friday, April 16th immediately following the last concurrent session from 4:00 – 5:00pm EST.  You will be able to easily access the Social Hour through the main conference digital platform.

From CFOI Toby Guerin:

Like many other things, this year’s clinical law conference will take place virtually.  As the co-chairs of the AALS Clinical Law ADR Committee, Stephanie Blondell and I would like to invite you to join us at the conference this year.  We know that due to travel budgets and time many of you are not able to attend both the ABA Dispute Resolution Conference and the AALS Clinical Law Conference.  This year, many schools have registered for the clinical law conference under a group rate.  This allows any faculty from the school to attend the clinical law conference.

We would like to encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to engage with other clinicians this year.  The ADR Committee was formally established as a separate committee within the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section because ADR clinics have unique concerns and considerations.  Many of you have participated in the bi-weekly New Normal Mediation Clinician Think Tank meetings (whether clinicians or not).  We hope that you, like us, have found these discussions to be engaging, informative, and thought provoking.  The timing of the clinical law conference presents a wonderful opportunity to plan on how we continue this level of engagement moving forward.

The full conference is April 28 – May 1 and the schedule is posted. We would like to highlight a few programs which may be of interest:

ADR Working Group Discussion: April 28 5:45-6:45pm EST and April 30 1:15-2:15pm EST.  We hope to have a specific theme for the workgroups similar to how we have set up the Think Tank gatherings.

ADR Committee Meeting: May 1, 10:00-11:00am EST. We plan to use this time to explore the role of the AALS ADR committee and set goals for the coming year.

I reviewed the general program and there are several sessions on topics which we have discussed throughout the year such as supervision and feedback, implicit bias and curriculum development, and navigating trauma.  For those of you that also work in the area of externships, there are specific sessions on externships in law schools.  We hope to see many of you at the end April.  In the meantime, enjoy the remaining weeks of the semester.  It certainly has been an unforgettable year!