24th Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution | June 23-25, 2011


Looking for a summer course in dispute resolution? Look no more! the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will be hosting its 24th Annual Professional Skills Program on June 23-25, 2011 in Malibu, California.

Don Philbin, our friend and long time contributor to this blog and Doug Noll will be presenting “Preventing Bad Settlement Decisions and Impasse Using Brain Science, Game Theory, Animated Communication, and Micro-Interventions.” The description promises that “the fact patterns of this course will be familiar to the experienced mediator and trial advocate in negotiation: difficult people, heightened emotions, overly confident case assessments, deeply held beliefs, and barriers to rational deals.”

Don is an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute, Chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Negotiation Committee, and a member of the ADR Section Council of the State Bar of Texas. This is what Vickie Pynchonhas said about Don:

And, it’s not inconsequential that Don is one of the nicest guys I know. If you’re going to spend a day or a week or a month with a mediator or an arbitrator, you deserve not only the brightest, most wise and best prepared arbitrator or mediator, you also deserve to have a little fun in the process because . . . you know . . . the money simply isn’t worth the unhappiness that comes when dealing with . . . . the other sort too often.

Here is what Harvard lecturer on law David Hoffman says about the course:

Don Philbin and Doug Noll are offering one of the most useful negotiation and mediation workshops I have seen in a long time. They begin with a thoughtful exploration of why – from the standpoint of neuroscience and evolutionary biology – our mind is trained to use shortcuts, also known as cognitive biases.. And then – with brilliant examples from such unusual sources as “Deal or No Deal” – they show how these shortcuts can fool us.

This is an exceptionally novel, intelligent, and entertaining CLE program.

View the brochure here. Register here.

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