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ADR & the Economic Crisis - Materials Posted

The Conflict Resolution and the Economic Crisis conference materials are now available online.

Save the Date - 27th Annual Warns Labor & Employment Law Institute


The 27th Annual Warns Labor & Employment Law Institute will be held on June 24 and June 25 at the Galt House in Louisville, KY.

William Gould, a Professor of Law at Stanford University and former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board, is the keynote speaker. Mr. Gould is a prolific scholar of labor and discrimination law as well as a critically acclaimed author of nine books and more than sixty law review articles.

Complimentary wireless access, as well as hard wired Internet connections, will be available in the meeting rooms.

Save the date! More details are forthcoming.


"Issues in the Workplace Arising from New Technologies and How Arbitrators Are Dealing with Them"

I had the honor of serving as the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section ADR Committee's Scholar in Residence at their mid-winter meeting.  Attached are the slides of my closing presentation, "What Hath the Twenty-First Century Wrought? Issues in the Workplace Arising from New Technologies and How Arbitrators Are Dealing with Them." All conference papers are available on the Committee's web-page

"A Scholar's Guide to Lawyering Skills that Just Might Tip the Scales in Close Arbitration Cases"

I had the honor of serving as the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section ADR Committee's Scholar in Residence at their mid-winter meeting.  Attached are the slides of my opening presentation, "A Scholar's Guide to Lawyering Skills that Just Might Tip the Scales in Close Arbitration Cases."  All conference papers are available on the Committee's web-page

ADR and the Economic Crisis


Last weekend I attended A Conference on Conflict Resolution and the Economic Crisis at The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.  It was a great opportunity for those practicing and writing about alternative dispute resolution in a variety of disciplines and legal areas to share their thoughts with each other.  I attended panels on foreclosure mediation and on bankruptcy and dispute resolution. 

I also served as the commentator on the panels on Cost-Effective Dispute Resolution.  The first panel included the following presentations: Justin Corbett, Executive Director, INDYSPUTE Resolution & Dialogue Center, & Wendy Hollingshead, Vice Chair NAFCM Board of Directors & Program Coordinator, Solve-It! Community Mediation Service spoke about "Budgets, Staffing and Cases, Oh My: The Scary (and Hopeful) State of Community Mediation."  David Larson, Professor, Hamline University School of Law, spoke about "Using Technology to Resolve Disputes More Efficiently and Effectively."  Michael Colatrella, Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, spoke about "Cutting the Cost of Conflict by Creating a Dispute-Wise Organization."  The second panel included the following presentations:  Becky Jacobs, Professor, University of Tennessee College of Law, spoke about "The Power of Community Mediation and the Use of Volunteers."  Rebecca Golbert, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles Center for International Conciliation & Arbitration, spoke about "The Global Dimension of the Economic Crisis and the Benefits of ADR."  Nathan Reeve, Legal Assistant, Law Office of Christopher W. Edwards, spoke about "Dispute Resolution on a Dime."

The notes of my comments, which produced a lively discussion, are attached.  Once all of the papers or slides from the presentations are posted, I will provide a link to them.  Stay tuned.


Trademark Moot Court Team Wins Regionals!


The team of Justin Capps, Mari-Elise Gates and Marilyn Osborn won the Southern Regional competition in the Saul F. Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition held in Atlanta this weekend. They managed this by being awarded Best Brief and Best Oralists in the region and thus, BEST OVERALL!

 This year, the teams were coached by Adjunct Professor Jack Wheat, of Stites & Harbison, in preparation for oral arguments.

 The team will travel to Washington, D.C., to argue in the finals at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Congratulations and best of luck!

Kent School Talk

Today I spoke to around 25 students in the psychopathology class in the Kent School of Social Work.  This was my fourth time to address a section of this course, and it was as enjoyable as always.  I was asked many excellent questions by this highly motivated group.
I received the following from the professor for the course, Dr. Judith Heitzman:

Dear Prof. Jones,

Thanks seems inadequate for your presentation and sharing with my psychopathology class. Many students were moved by your story, which stimulated much conversation about the stigma of and biases about mental illness.

It was particularly pleasing for me to hear how you use your strengths to manage your illness. I deeply appreciate your candor and courageous contribution to ending the stigma of mental illness.

Again, thank you so much.



Judy Heitzman


Judy Heitzman, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Assistant Professor

Kent School of Social Work

University of Louisville

Cooperation Between Clinical and Legal Writing Professors


Here is the message I sent to my legal writing colleagues today.



I'm writing to let you know that the Cooperation Committee has been working on annotating sample student work that has already been annotated by clinical professors.  The goal is to show what types of language legal writing and clinical professors use to explain similar concepts to students, as well as more generally how we tend to comment on student work.

The first sample is now available on the LWI page at this link

I thank Stacy Caplow of Brookyn Law School for providing the sample.

We hope to get a couple others up over the next several months.


Drafting Effective PowerPoint Slides - Legal Writing Tips


Are you giving a CLE presentation sometime soon?  Thinking about using PowerPoint?  If so, or if you are giving any type of legal training, check out "Drafting Effective PowerPoint Slides," an article by Lars S. Smith and me out this month in Kentucky Bench and Bar.

Here's the abstract. 

This article addresses drafting effective PowerPoint slides in preparation for a continuing legal education or other legal presentation.  It addresses the following topics:  the appropriate amount of text, the presentation of the text, incorporation of visuals, the formatting of the slides, and the pacing of the slides.


Kudos to the Arbitration Team


Our arbitration team, Lily Chan, Jamie Izlar, Brandon Edwards, and Samantha Thomas, competed in the ABA Student Division National Arbitration Competition regionals at Creighton this past weekend. 

Samantha and Brandon competed twice against Chapman. Chapman is known nationally for the competitiveness of its arbitration teams, and one of its teams won the nationals in the arbitration competition last year.  True to their reputation, these teams ranked first and second after the first two rounds, and Samantha and Brandon held their own against them.  Here are some of the comments Samantha and Brandon received.  Brandon did a "good job arguing [his] position" at the outset of the opening and "bringing out the facts of" his witness's position with a "good organized direct." Samantha did a good job in her closing "arguing [her] perspective" and using a "good theme."  She also "asked good questions" and "addressed some problems with the case head-on" and made her witness "real and sensitive" on direct examination.  

Lily and Jamie competed in the second round.  They performed very well, and one of the three arbitrators voted for them.  Jamie was praised for her good delivery, for knowing the record well, for organizing her opening and direct well, and for her leading technique on cross.  Lily was praised by one arbitrator for "a very good summation," "very good direct questions," and a "good job" on cross examination.  One arbitrator provided each of them with a score of "superior" for the category of professional and ethical presentations.