Quick Introduction to the BI Knowledge Base

The knowledge base has grown over the years.  It now has written materials contributed by several hundred scholars and practitioners and another 100 or so scholars and practitioners who have contributed audio interviews. It contains over 400 core articles, which came to be known as “essays.” 

Civility in Public and Private Discourse

A distressing proportion of political talk in 2017 includes name-calling, hateful rhetoric, and a complete refusal to listen to or think about the interests, needs, or beliefs of “the other side.”  As our partisan divide grows ever-deeper, advocates on both sides are simultaneously pleading for civility and going for the kill

Building Peace After Terrorism: From Reconciled Relationship to Structural Change

Terrorism has erupted as a predominant destructive conflict element; and in turn, a compulsory factor to address in peacebuilding. States operate within divergent paradigms on including terrorist organizations in peace negotiations, agreements, and post-conflict governance. On one hand terrorism is regarded as illegitimate means to air legitimate grievances within an asymmetrical power structure, and democracy is enhanced by integrating the demands. 

Missouri Symposium On The First Amendment On Campus & Dispute Resolution

We are delighted that Dean Robert Post of the Yale Law School, a noted First Amendment scholar, will be our keynote speaker.  Lisa Amsler (Indiana), Jennifer Brown (Quinnipiac), and Grande Lum (Ohio State) will anchor an afternoon panel on lessons to be learned from DR scholarship.  And there are other panels, too

Should You Make Opening Statements In A Mediation?

I recently served on a panel of mediators at the Alabama State Bar’s annual meeting. One of the attendees asked the panel if we encouraged attorneys to give opening statements in mediations. I was the sole panelist who said Yes.

The Courtroom vs. The Boxing Ring

Two key points: First, to be successful, a boxer must first become desensitized to the effects of inflicting injury on others. Secondly, the boxer must accept personal risk with every fight. As a litigation attorney and a writer, the boxing world is full of parallels to my profession. Many key psychological aspects of boxing are very similar to that of litigation.

Listen to Me! Litigation’s Modern Failure

We live in an increasingly touchy-feely society where we give respect and regard to the therapist, the counselor, and professionals generally whose purpose and process is geared towards the individual’s needs. It’s not surprising that as society has evolved, and our basic needs are met (e.g. food, shelter, safety), we strive to find belonging, build self-esteem, and achieve self-actualization…

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