After yesterday’s diverted flight in which a United plane had to land over a dispute regarding someone’s right to recline their seat, I think I see a business opportunity for dispute resolution. Josh Barro for The Uphot in the New York Times argues that if he is expected to give up his right to recline, he should be paid for it. As he notes, no one has yet tried to negotiate with him over his recline so it must be that people are not willing to buy this right. I think, instead, that no one really knows how to start the negotiation. If we dispute resolution professionals just announced at the beginning of the plane ride that we were available to mediate any disputes (and take a percentage of the money changing hands), who knows how many more happy passengers there could be? And, once we demonstrate how helpful mediation can be in this context, we will have convinced whole new audiences about the wisdom of using this process. In the alternative, perhaps we could offer negotiation training to passengers who need help starting the negotiation. After all, isn’t this a quintessential difficult conversation? Clearly the conversation about reclining seats has touched all sorts of nerves about identity, ownership, rights and respect. In the meantime, I’ll just pray for an upgrade to economy comfort! (Hat tip to Natalie Fleury)
On Saturday Sept. 27th the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University will be hosting the 6th Annual Aspiring Law Professors Conference. The conference is valuable for anyone considering a career as a law professor, but it is specifically designed for those who plan to go on the academic teaching market. Attendees get the opportunity to receive feedback on both a mock job-talk and a mock interview. With both Arkansas and Missouri* looking to hire in ADR this year, I hope those of you hoping to join the ADR professoriate make it out.
For more information, the conference web site is here. And, good luck !
* There may be others looking, these are the only two schools I know of.
Forbes recently published an interesting little piece here on why Jimmy Fallon is so liked and successful. Much of the “Jimmy Fallon technique” is basic rapport building while emphasizing the importance of listening.
The conclusion of the article is that there are “three lessons to take from Jimmy Fallon:
Consider this a friendly reminder that the deadline for proposals for the ABA DR Section Spring Conference is September 5th. The conference itself will take place on April 15-18, 2015 at the Westin hotel in Seattle, Washington. According to a recent ABA DR Section email:
The Section of Dispute Resolution seeks proposals for cutting-edge, timely programs with excellent speakers and presentation materials, on issues that will enhance attendees’ professional skills and knowledge.
For Spring Conference Proposal Instructions, visit the Section’s home page at www.americanbar.org/dispute.
Best of luck with your proposals.