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Using The Terms Integrative And Distributive Bargaining In The Classroom: Time For Change, Rishi Batra Jan 2017

Using The Terms Integrative And Distributive Bargaining In The Classroom: Time For Change, Rishi Batra

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The terms "integrative bargaining" and "distributive bargaining" have been with us in the dispute resolution literature since at least the 1960s, when A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations was first published in 1965 by Richard Walton and Robert McKersie. While the terms were popularized by these two authors, the authors themselves acknowledged the long line of predecessors, including Mary Parker Follett, who led them to promote these categories. Since that time, "integrative" and "distributive" have been with us and have captured the imagination of scholars, trainers, and practitioners while remaining popular in the dispute resolution literature today. Despite the proliferation …


Improving The Uniform Partition Of Heirs Property Act, Rishi Batra Jan 2017

Improving The Uniform Partition Of Heirs Property Act, Rishi Batra

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Johnny Rivers was born and had lived his whole sixty-nine-year life on the same seventeen-acre tract on Clouter Creek near the Cainhoy Peninsula of Charleston, South Carolina. His father owned the land since 1888, and his family had worked the land and paid taxes, never missing a tax payment. He thought he and his family would live on the land for the rest of his life.

However, in 2000, he received a letter telling him he was the subject of a legal action called a "partition.” A family member who was a part owner of the land and whom Rivers …


Judicial Participation In Plea Bargaining: A Dispute Resolution Perspective, Rishi Batra Jan 2015

Judicial Participation In Plea Bargaining: A Dispute Resolution Perspective, Rishi Batra

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There is a common perception that judges do not or should not play a role in the criminal plea bargaining discussions between prosecutors and defense counsel. However, in many state jurisdictions, judicial participation is allowed or even encouraged by statute or by case law. This Article briefly summarizes some of the issues with the plea bargaining process, including how structural issues with the way defense counsel are appointed and compensated, along with the power of prosecutors, makes good representation for defendants less likely. By then performing a fifty-state survey of rules for judicial participation in plea bargaining, the Article explicates …


Legal Malpractice In International Business Transactions, Vincent R. Johnson Jan 2015

Legal Malpractice In International Business Transactions, Vincent R. Johnson

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International business transactions are often unavoidably linked to specialized areas of law. Lawyers increase their risk of committing legal malpractice when representing international clients in business transactions because they may find themselves in a precarious position by accepting work they are inexperienced to perform. Moreover, a client may expand into international waters and their lawyer may not be cognizant of the legal consequences. While malpractice may be asserted through negligence, fraud, breach of contract and other failures of standard of care, failure to know the law is no excuse. However, the standard of care depends on whether the defendant acted …


“Underdog” Arbitration: A Plan For Transparency, Ramona L. Lampley Jan 2015

“Underdog” Arbitration: A Plan For Transparency, Ramona L. Lampley

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The use of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer, employment, health-care, and even nursing home agreements is ever-increasing, even though the general public has distrust and a lack of understanding of the nature of arbitration. The Supreme Court in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, and then in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, has signaled firmly that mandatory pre-dispute arbitration is here to stay. This is true even for individual low-value claims in which one party, say the consumer or employee, has little or no bargaining power. I call these claims “underdog claims.” There have been numerous proposals to …


The American Legal Profession In The Twenty-First Century, Stephen M. Sheppard Jan 2014

The American Legal Profession In The Twenty-First Century, Stephen M. Sheppard

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Lawyers in the United States work in public service, private counseling, and dispute resolution, but many also work outside of traditional legal practice. The million-member American bar, second largest in the world, grows more diverse by gender, and ethnicity and older on average. All members of this learned profession must qualify by education or examination and by proof of good character and fitness before taking an oath to serve as an attorney. Thence, there are few limitations on the form of legal practice, though many law firms require an associateship before an attorney becomes an owner of the firm. Economic …


Providing Dispute Resolution Expertise To The Community, Rishi Batra Jan 2013

Providing Dispute Resolution Expertise To The Community, Rishi Batra

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As schools and other public institutions struggle for funding, law schools and their students have new opportunities to fill unmet needs by providing consulting expertise in facilitation and dispute resolution. Such partnerships can provide valuable service for the institutions while giving students a chance to apply their skills to issues in nearby communities.


Resolving Disputed Elections Through Negotiation, Rishi Batra Jan 2012

Resolving Disputed Elections Through Negotiation, Rishi Batra

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Could a disputed election—one in which the winner is not clear and the result is within the "margin of litigation"—be resolved through a negotiated result? Given the "winner take all" nature of these elections, where one candidate ends up holding the office, and all others do not, it would seem that negotiated solutions and other alternative dispute resolution techniques would have no application. This article explores why self-interested candidates and their associated parties may be interested in a negotiated outcome, what the scope of such an agreement could look like, and how to overcome barriers to such a negotiated result.


Appellate Mediation—A Mediator’S Perspective, L. Wayne Scott Jan 2004

Appellate Mediation—A Mediator’S Perspective, L. Wayne Scott

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A mediator helps the parties determine whether there is a bargaining zone that will allow a settlement to be reached. Mediation is an alternative form of conflict resolution, which promotes the interests of private and public resources that would otherwise be spent on litigation, while also empowering the parties to seek better justice than they would find in court. Anyone can serve as a mediator, but one should be well-trained in people skills, negotiation techniques, and knowledgeable about trial and appellate procedure and trends.

A mediator’s job includes: (1) helping the parties review and analyze their case; (2) bridging the …


Appellate Law In The New Millennium: Bridging Theoretical Foundation With Practical Application, Bill Piatt Jan 1999

Appellate Law In The New Millennium: Bridging Theoretical Foundation With Practical Application, Bill Piatt

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For the appellate lawyer, bridging the gap between theoretical foundation and practical application is an important challenge. An attorney who is unable to bring these two notions together is only partially effective as an advocate. Without a firm theoretical foundation that embraces both the law and policy that underlie the lawyer’s argument, the substance of the appellate advocate’s position will not persuade the court effectively. Similarly, without having mastered the practical side of appellate advocacy, the lawyer will be ineffective in communicating the substance of the argument altogether.

This Symposium provides the appellate specialist and non-appellate attorney alike with a …