UC Law SF’ Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) hosted the series’ first two speakers in October. This one-hour virtual, “lunch and learn” series will feature different speakers over the course of the 2020-21 school year at UC Law SF. This event is open to the public.

Learn more about the “New Frontiers in ADR” series and register for future talks

Grande Lum: Working on Community-Wide Reconciliation

On October 14, 2020 CNDR hosted the co-author of “America’s Peacemakers“, Grande Lum, Provost of Menlo College and former Director of Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.

This book tells the story of The Community Relations Service (CRS), a federal agency within the Department of Justice that assists and mediates in communities as they reconcile and recover from discrimination, hate crimes, and unrest based on issues like race and religion. Provost Lum was Director of CRS under the Obama Administration. That the Trump Administration has sought to eliminate CRS gives this book increased urgency and relevance.

With a virtual audience from across the country, Provost Lum covered CRS’ history and birth as part of the Civil Rights Act, and the efforts of the CRS to prevent violence and hate crimes. Notably, the cross-border Elián González custody dispute, and the tragedies of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, both of which brought police interaction with communities of color back into the spotlight. He also provided advice on how we can be peacemakers in our everyday lives and get involved with our communities. We thank Provost Lum for an engaging and inspiring talk!

Flyer with discount purchase code for the book here.


John Lande: How to Combine “Positional” and “Interest-Based” Negotiation and “Facilitative” and “Evaluative” Mediation

On October 28, 2020, CNDR hosted University of Missouri School of Law Professor and Hastings alum John Lande. Based on his co-authored new book, Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation Decisions, Professor Lande described how practitioners can combine supposedly inconsistent traditional models of negotiation and mediation.

Professor Lande presented his hope for a movement to usher in new standards and uniform language that can guide the way practitioners, lawyers, students, and clients talk about mediation and negotiation. By changing our language, and unbundling different parts of the mediation process, we can bring together different techniques to more effectively meet clients needs, and help them move through disputes.

With an international audience in virtual attendance, Professor Lande sparked many questions, leaving us wanting more. CNDR thanks him for joining us and continuing to be a part of the Hastings Community!

Learn more about the book here, and find a flyer with discount purchase code here.

His website, where you can download his publications, is www.law.missouri.edu/lande