February 2010

Loree Forum: First Circuit Considers Whether an Arbitration Clause is Mandatory or Optional – http://tinyurl.com/yc5szob

Disputing: Texas Doctor Proposes Physician-Led Solution to Cut Health Care Costs – http://tinyurl.com/yaznml4

ADR Prof Blog: Cablevision agrees to binding arbitration with Walt Disney Co. in dispute over subscription fees – http://tinyurl.com/yck78g3

Wealth Mediation Blog: Wills, Families and Children: An Ounce of Prevention – http://tinyurl.com/ybz6qra

ADR Prof Blog: Mnookin on NPR’s “All Things Considered” – http://tinyurl.com/ycoy99b

Disputing: U.S. Arbitration and Mediation Legislative Update – http://tinyurl.com/yb3nfjr

Psychology Today: What friends know about you that you don’t; When it comes to your personality, you should know? http://short.to/18emf

The Frontal Cortex: Musical Predictions, Redux http://short.to/17i9l

Psychology Today: Personality Differences Between Dog and Cat Owners: Dog versus cat owners differ in personality. http://is.gd/8GfFW

PsyBlog: Can You Trust a Facebook Profile? http://short.to/17wnm

PGP Mediation: EMBODIED COGNITION http://is.gd/8ZDTs (studies how the brain’s abstract thoughts are manifested in body movements)

ADR Prof Blog: Who gets to Decide Unconscionability? http://www.indisputably.org/?p=1033http://tinyurl.com/yd34

ABA Journal: Are Ghostwritten Legal Blogs Unethical? http://is.gd/956×6

ABA Journal: For $450 a Month, Bloomberg’s New Legal Research Service Still Has Rough Edges http://short.to/18n1j

Mediate.com: The Top 10 Tips on Managing Conflict, Emotional Tension and Anger http://is.gd/927Dh

ABA Journal: Judge’s Latest E-Discovery Ruling Is ‘Wake-up Call to Litigants’ http://bit.ly/cDE9tu

Neuromarketing: Flattery Will Get You Somewhere http://short.to/17wnx

ABA Journal: Judge’s Latest E-Discovery Ruling Is ‘Wake-up Call to Litigants’ – http://tinyurl.com/y87s9qe

ABA Journal: Judge’s Latest E-Discovery Ruling Is ‘Wake-up Call to Litigants’ http://bit.ly/cDE9tuhttp://tinyurl.com/yay9o4c

Florida Arbitration Law: Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Nursing Home Arbitration http://bit.ly/a5TO8g

Mediate.com: Killing Mediation: The Specialized, Professionalized And Neutralized Mediator http://bit.ly/8Z8u1J

Chicago IP Litigation Blog: Juries Get it Right — 80% of the Time http://bit.ly/9iTxWc

Claims Magazine: Claim Rep Pet Peeves http://short.to/18n09 (hat tip to Alec Wisner)

ABA Journal: Despite Decreased Revenue at Some Law Firms in 2009, Sunnier Year May Be Ahead http://bit.ly/aA4GIs

Smooth Transitions: Greatest Hits from Depositions http://bit.ly/cavcN7 (truth better than fiction?)

The Frontal Cortex: Creative Youth http://short.to/18ert (encultured, weighted down with conventional wisdom, rebel against the status quo)

Psychology Today: Brain Cosmetics and Herculean Memory: Does a big brain make you smart? http://bit.ly/8YjONE

Mediate.com: Preparing For Your Mediation http://short.to/18jtg

ADR Prof Blog: Letting the Arbitrator Decide Unconscionability http://bit.ly/a2zhKe

Healthcare Neutral ADR Blog: Will Healthcare Providers “Game” Quality Measures? http://bit.ly/dD8uf6

ABA Journal: Supreme Court Adopts Headquarters Test, Hampering Forum-Shopping Plaintiffs http://short.to/18yyr

Disputing: Applying Conflict Resolution Skills in Health Care PART II: Separate the People from the Problem http://is.gd/8W4y5

Commercial ADR: The View of American Mediation “Styles” from Down Under http://short.to/18eui

Computational Legal Studies™: What’s Next? Judging Sequences of Binary Events [HT Paul Kedrosky] http://short.to/18es7

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog: LIfe Insurance and ERISA Plan Benefits After a Divorce http://short.to/18ff7

SECLaw.com: Continued Pursuit of New Defendants for Lehman Losses http://bit.ly/9IR5Cv

Robert Half Legal: Lawyers Cite Bankruptcy, Litigation as Key Areas for Continued Growth http://short.to/18fgv

Mass Tort Litigation Blog: Process, People, Power and Policy: Empirical Studies of Civil Procedure and Courts http://is.gd/8GoMH

The Frontal Cortex: The Blue Brain http://is.gd/8xpqu (many models out there, but this is the only one that’s totally biologically accurate

The Frontal Cortex: Loss Aversion http://is.gd/8xnIY (In this investing situation, being numb to their emotions was a crucial advantage.)

Empirical Legal Studies: Modeling Judicial Dissents http://bit.ly/brHwgA

Galima Group: Don’t focus on the money http://bit.ly/agAA9C (create value by prioritizing and trading off low for high priority issues)

Smooth Transitions: Breaking Down Legal Jargon on Texas Non-Competes http://short.to/17xgl

Goldstein Litigation & Arbitration Chambers: Preclusive Effect of Prior Award is Arbitrable Issue http://is.gd/8x7mY

Mediation Matters: Mediation Follow Up: What, Why and How http://bit.ly/9gUz4G

The Frontal Cortex: Cartesian Metaphors http://bit.ly/cFG5yJ

Disputing: When Not To Negotiate: My Tree, My Neighbor’s House http://short.to/17xab

Loree: Stolt-Nielsen Analysis, Part V: Should Class or Consolidated Arbitration be Imposed if the Contract is Silent? http://bit.ly/aP2kuo

PrawfsBlawg: Allocating power between courts and arbitrators – and why scholars of federal courts should care http://short.to/18fw7

Empirical Legal Studies: Why Judges Do What They Do http://short.to/17iae

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies: Why ADR Programs Aren’t More Appealing: An Empirical Perspective http://is.gd/8W3Ej

Healthcare Neutral ADRBlog: Arbitration Opt-Out Provisions Look Like Good Medicine http://is.gd/8FVfE

Disputing: ABA Section of Intellectual Property | Complex Patent Suits: The Use of Special Masters for Claim Construction http://is.gd/8FS69

Cross Collaborate: Consensus Building and the Unshakable Rightness of Belief http://short.to/17wnk

The Frontal Cortex: Facebook Friends http://is.gd/8xkUJ (Cro-Magnon ancestors knew how it feels to be surrounded by chatter of other people)

Richard A. Posner: The Economic Consequences of Emotion http://bit.ly/cqb9gc

Predictably Irrational: My Take on the NY Times Pay Wall http://short.to/17i9p

Family Law Prof Blog: Ratner: “But from Where Will the Money Come? Community Property Liability for Child Support” http://is.gd/8xh7o

Family Law Prof Blog: Marrying Young as the #1 Predictor of Divorce? http://short.to/17wnh

Commercial ADR: Should We Hire an Attorney to Settle a Property Line Dispute? http://short.to/17wj5

Goldstein Litigation & Arbitration Chambers: The Court of Arbitration for Sport: An Olympic Viewer’s Guide http://short.to/17xao

idealawg: Is LEGO® dispute resolution the next step for conflict professionals? http://is.gd/8xfjv (Clint Swindall doing this 10 years ago)

Loree Forum: SCOTUS Oral Argument in Jackson v. Rent-a-Center West, Inc. Set for April 26, 2010 http://bit.ly/95tj7V

The Frontal Cortex: The Isolated Mind http://bit.ly/daEZDh (no mind is an island; our neurons depend on the neurons of others)

Mediation Matters: News About Medicare Lawsuit For Recovery of Medical Expenses http://bit.ly/93MvQd

Settlement Perspectives: In Mediation, Who Gets To Say “We’re Done”? http://short.to/17gp2

Mediation Strategies: UNDERSTANDING YOUR DOWNSIDE RISK http://is.gd/8xenn

ADR Prof Blog: The Best Blog Post About Puffing Ever http://bit.ly/cgunPd (puffery is self-aggrandizing speech for promotional purposes)

Healthcare Neutral ADR Blog: Healthcare Self-Disclosure – “I’m Sorry” Revisited http://is.gd/8xcDV

The Strategic Mediator: Language as a Tool of Conflict Resolution: The problem of familiar address http://is.gd/8x8nH

Commercial ADR: Heads’ Up California Homeowners: If the Subdivision is Defective: Sue the Subcontractors Too! http://bit.ly/aUuBH3

Disputing: Ten Hallmarks of Effective International Arbitration Agreements http://short.to/179bj

AAA: ADR Strategies That Save Time and Money http://is.gd/8AsoJ (expert faculty address DR strategies that work throughout conflict)

Financial Times: Toyota hit by multiple lawsuits http://short.to/17kfb

ADR Prof Blog: Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium – The Negotiation Within http://short.to/167v8

Mediation Matters: With Bad Economy Jurors Get Hostile http://is.gd/8x5Ek

Texas Lawyer: Plaintiffs in Case Pending More Than Four Years at Texas Supreme Court Sue Justices Over Delay http://short.to/17fyf

The Settlement Channel: Speaking of Settlements, MetLife structured attorney fees updated http://bit.ly/dtM5TA

Texas Collaborative Law Blog: What Happens to the Family Business? http://is.gd/7O8l2

Disputing: Applying Conflict Resolution Skills in Health Care PART I: Principled Negotiation Method http://bit.ly/auf3b6

Fordham Symposium (Michael Moffitt): THREE THINGS TO BE AGAINST (“SETTLEMENT” NOT INCLUDED) http://short.to/178rn

Fordham Symposium (Kenneth R. Feinberg): REEXAMINING THE ARGUMENTS IN OWEN M. FISS, AGAINST SETTLEMENT http://is.gd/8oEkm

LA Times: Kenneth Starr leaving Pepperdine Law School to become Baylor president http://is.gd/8slPl

Fordham Symposium (Samuel Issacharoff & Robert H. Klonoff): THE PUBLIC VALUE OF SETTLEMENT http://is.gd/8oF3Z


Fordham Symposium (Owen M. Fiss): THE HISTORY OF AN IDEA http://short.to/178rk

Fordham Symposium: SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE ECONOMICS OF SETTLEMENT http://short.to/179av (assumption of rational, wealth-maximizing action)

ADR Prof Blog: Fordham Law Review symposium issue on Against Settlement by then Yale Dean Owen Fiss http://is.gd/8oD9O

Cross Collaborate: Consensus Building: Changing Minds to Reach Agreement http://short.to/168c6

Disputing: Free Podcast | How To Work With E-Mediation and Special Masters in E-Discovery Cases http://short.to/167va

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog: Destroyed Community Property, Insurers’ Duty to Indemnify Innocent Spouses http://short.to/157ek

Dallas Divorce Law Blog: How to get the property you want and help keep costs down http://short.to/167×1

ABA Dispute Resolution Section: Join us for the Largest ADR Conference in the World! April 8-10 in San Francisco http://is.gd/8bEYk

Dallas Divorce Law Blog: Can the Divorce Judge Make Me Turn Over My Business’ Cash to My Spouse? http://is.gd/7O996

idealawg: Embodied cognition: Your body’s processing (Be careful about what you and your body hear) http://bit.ly/9HOf82

Child Psychology Research Blog: Mozart Effect: The effect of music on premature babies http://is.gd/7lXWd

ADR Prof Blog: Mediation, Texas Tech & Mike Leach http://bit.ly/dp7AUn

ADR Blogs: Competition not Conflict http://is.gd/7lSis

Texas Lawyer Blog: Starting their engines in Toyota litigation http://bit.ly/aLxk3T

Disputing: Employment Arbitration: Issues Implementing the ‘Franken Amendment’ http://short.to/168a3

Mass Tort Litigation Blog: Toyota Recall Spurs Lawsuits and Talk of Lawsuits http://short.to/157ei

Wired GC: US News Joins Law Firm Rank-O-Rama http://short.to/157wk

Kluwer Arbitration Blog: Statistics on ICSID Cases http://bit.ly/cIrUSb

Tammy Lenski: The case for extended, integrated mediator preparation http://short.to/168b0

Dispute Settlement Counsel: Differences between Collaborative Law (CL) and Mediation http://is.gd/7O1um

IPWatchdog: Toyota Wins Summary Judgment in Hybrid Patent Litigation http://bit.ly/b7pDAI

Legal Writing Prof Blog: New York Times reports on big changes coming to commercial legal research engines http://is.gd/7m84m

Mediation Channel: Right before your eyes: on cognitive fluency, graphical literacy, and illusion http://bit.ly/ayXan1 (must watch 1st video

Healthcare Neutral ADR Blog: Changes In Scope Of Healthcare Practice = Conflict, Too http://is.gd/7O19w

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog: Johnson & Johnson Heiress Was Born Into Privilege But Died in Squalor http://bit.ly/5yKR0x

Workplace Prof Blog: Unions Kill EFCA (Employee Free Choice Act) http://bit.ly/9Fl0Xd

Wealth Mediation Blog: Putting the Horse Before the Cart: Non-Tax Issues in Business Succession Planning http://is.gd/7NT5u

Galima Group: Prepare five times longer than you negotiate http://short.to/168b6 (detailed planning and preparation are critical to success)

Commercial ADR: 9/11 Settlements Likely to Be Most Complex in Many a Decade http://bit.ly/9bQUe4

Adjunct Law Prof Blog: Citing Wikipedia In Court http://is.gd/6TCEM

Disputing: Fifth Circuit Compels Arbitration of Attorney’s Fees Dispute Between Law Firm and Former Client http://is.gd/7NQSN

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog: Debunking Texas’ Community Debt Myth http://short.to/157es

Litigation and Arbitration Chambers: Evident Partiality: Should Judges Review the Merits for Evidence of Bias? http://short.to/168ab

Business Conflict Blog: Arbitrator Selection: How About a Compatible Personality? http://is.gd/7NRDa

ADR Prof Blog: Cert Petition Filed Raising FAA Preemption — Concepcion http://short.to/1689t

Texas Lawyer: Become aware of the power of the hidden brain http://short.to/157e9

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog: Trust Jurisdiction in Texas http://short.to/157wf

Neuroethics & Law Blog: “The Costs and Benefits of Calculation and Moral Rules” http://short.to/157vd (research on decision making)

Mashable: Why Twitter Wants to Know Where You Are http://bit.ly/6T2ctl

ADR Prof Blog: Football, Diplomacy, and The Onion http://short.to/1689u

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog: The Best and Most Wealth Friendly States for Trusts http://short.to/14j0n

Mediation Matters: Mediation in History: The Quakers the oldest mediation organization http://bit.ly/aHvWXP

Dallas Divorce Law Blog: Married men = higher income http://is.gd/7lWkZ

Smooth Transitions: Lessons from Conan’s Non-Compete Negotiations http://bit.ly/54amuB

BPS Research Digest: Psychology researchers aren’t paying enough attention to debriefing their participants http://is.gd/6rzKN

TaxProf Blog: Why Are Professors So Liberal? http://is.gd/6TGpT

Computational Legal Studies™: Interactive Chart – Real Estate Prices to Income [Via The Economist] http://is.gd/6THeb

ADR Blogs: International Arbitration Blog http://bit.ly/cGMMSU

Commercial ADR: Contractor Alert! Time on Your Hands? Want to Play Litigation? http://is.gd/7lRrv

Computational Legal Studies: Visualizing the Campaign Contributions to Senators in the 110th Congress — The TARP EDITION http://is.gd/6TD9E

Cross Collaborate: Making Sense of Data through Visualization http://short.to/157v0

Neuroethics & Law Blog: Enhancing Ability to Deceive http://bit.ly/axq53R

Kluwer Arbitration Blog: Investor misconduct and investment treaty arbitration: mapping the terrain http://short.to/157cs

Florida Arbitration Law: Mold in Florida Home Construction Case Sent to Arbitration http://is.gd/7lUTm

SCOTX Blog: Interlocutory appeals: Does the TX Sup Ct have a special role in correcting errors about federal law? http://short.to/14ie6

Law Department Management: A view that managing organizational complexity is a top priority of general counsel http://is.gd/6TENk

Brains On Purpose™: Our hidden brain: How much of an influence does it have on our decisions? http://is.gd/7lUuw

Disputing: Microsoft Wins Domain Name Arbitration http://is.gd/7lOhB

The Complex Litigator: 9th: class rep can settle ind claims but retain personal stake to appeal denial of cert http://short.to/14j1f

Mediation Channel: Fallacious Argument of the Month: the Appeal to Authority http://short.to/157ui

Brains On Purpose™: Neurososcience evolved from an interdisciplinary specialty to a full fledged scholarly discipline http://short.to/157cw

ADR Law: ADR and the State of the Union http://short.to/157ul

Mediation Matters: This one time in Band Camp, I Learned to Empathize http://short.to/157ci

Harvard Negotiation Law Review: New Perspectives in Negotiation: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approach http://short.to/157u6

The Trial Warrior Blog: Jonathan L. Rubin #SSRN on “Twombly and its Children” http://short.to/14j12

Adjunct Law Prof Blog: Supremes Grant Cert In Commerical Arbitration Case That Has Labor Implications http://is.gd/6TGGK

Goldstein: Mediator Tactics to Solve the Stubborn Case http://bit.ly/9jo7Xu

Disputing: Harvard Medical, Dental, & Public Health Newsletter: Conflict Resolution in Health Care http://short.to/157tt

ADR Prof Blog: Chocolate Cake v. Fruit–Or Why Get Emotional During “Rational” Negotiations http://is.gd/7lNwU (cognitive overload=emotional)

Copyrights & Campaigns: Court reduces award to $2,250/song; avoids constitutional issue; enjoins further infringement http://short.to/14ic0

SCOTX Blog: CourTex: Rate of jury trials in Texas http://is.gd/6TDLJ (roughly 0.5% of civil matters ended in jury trial during last 3 yrs)

The Decision Tree Analysis Blog: Your Next Decision Tree: How Will You Account for Litigation Fees and Costs http://short.to/1518v


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  • Don Philbin

    Don Philbin is an attorney-mediator, negotiation consultant and trainer, and arbitrator. He has resolved disputes and crafted deals for more than 20-years as a commercial litigator, general counsel, and president of communications and technology-related companies. Don has mediated hundreds of matters in a wide variety of substantive areas and serves as an arbitrator on several panels, including CPR’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals. He is an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School, Chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Negotiation Committee, and a member of the ADR Section Council of the State Bar of Texas. Don is a Fellow of the American Academy of Civil Trial Mediators and is listed in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA (Dispute Resolution), THE BEST LAWYERS IN SAN ANTONIO, and the BAR REGISTER OF PREEMINENT LAWYERS.

  • 2009

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