The resources below are those that I have found particularly helpful with various aspects of settlement negotiation, dispute resolution, and docket management in general.
Blogs I Particularly Like
The blogs listed below are some of the best available on negotiation and dispute resolution — some of them aren’t active, but they all have great content:
Settle It Now is the popular blog of California attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon with posts on most every aspect of the dispute resolution process.
Published by Boston mediator and attorney Diane Levin, MediationChannel.com is one of the most comprehensive blogs about mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution and the law available.
The author of Making Mediation Your Day Job has great insights and shares them often.
Negotiation Space is the negotiation advice of Chester Karrass in bite-size portions.
Eye on Conflict is the blog of longtime mediator and mediation trainer Lee Jay Berman that offers “a discussion, a dialogue with you, about mediation, conflict resolution, dispute resolution, conflict management and negotiation in settings from neighborhoods to workplaces to litigated cases to current events and global issues”. (In the spirit of disclosure, Lee Jay was one of my instructors at Pepperdine University’s “Mediating the Litigated Case” course in 2005.) An Introduction to Lee Jay Berman’s Eye on Conflict is a great place to start.
Veteran litigator and experienced mediator Jan Frankel Schau shares her perspective on developments in the law, current events, and what she sees every day at Schau’s Mediation Insights. The takeaways from her posts are both helpful and grounded in events we can all relate to, which give us all the more reason to keep coming back.
San Francisco mediator and lawyer Nancy Hudgins seeks to put the “civil” back into civil litigation with her Civil Negotiation and Mediation blog.
In-House ACCess connects you to the news & views impacting the in-house counsel community throughout the world.
WSJ.com on law and business and the business of law.
The World Directory of ADR Blogs is an excellent source for global perspectives on dispute resolution.
Whether you need to resolve a single dispute or manage a docket of pending and threatened litigation, the following resources can help:
Don Philbin’s innovative ADR Decison Tree serves as a great summary of the options available to those hoping to resolve their disputes. Listing the alternatives from “ignore” to “legislation,” this invaluable tool can help us all consider alternative approaches as we work to get our deals done. Philbin’s ADR Decision Tree is frequently used and often cited, including in Decisional Errors – On the Field, On the Bench, In Negotiaions, a recent post on the Harvard Negotiation Law Review’s site.
Mediate.com is one of the most-visited sites out there, with information on mediation, negotiation, and settlement.
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, known to many as “CPR,” is a premiere choice for dispute avoidance, management, and resolution; their website has some free content and some that requires membership.
JAMS, or Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, offers a robust site with frequent new material. Two areas of interest are JAMS’ Mediation Guide: A Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients and their Articles on ADR Basics.
The AAA’s American Arbitration Association University Resource Center includes .pdfs, books, courses and more; some of the resources are free but require registration.
The Claims SPOT’s “is a blog by and for the claims community” whose “goal is to provide information to help claims professionals, and organizations, be more efficient and do their jobs better.” They do it well.