Professor Sarah Rudolph Cole
Fall 2002

I. Attendance Policy

The attendance policy is as follows: a student may miss up to two (2) scheduled classes during the semester. Any additional misses may result in a lower grade. In addition, if a student is unable to attend class for whatever reason, he or she must notify the professor in person or by telephone at least twenty-four hours before the scheduled class period. If notice is not given, and the student fails to attend, the student's grade may be lowered by the professor. While this attendance policy may seem harsh, the nature of this class, which includes numerous simulations where students are assigned to groups, requires that the professor know who will be in class on any given day. Any student with more than two absences, even if he or she notified the professor in advance of the absences, may, after notice from the professor, be withdrawn from the course.

II. Course Requirements

Grading in this course will be based on:

Class participation includes: attendance, completion of exercises assigned in class and completion of short written assignments, participation in class discussion and other activities.

The casebook (CB) in this class is Goldberg, Sander, Rogers and Cole, Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Other Processes (3d ed.) plus 2002 Supplement.

III. Office Hours and Phone Number

My office hours are Thursday, 2-4 p.m. I am also happy to meet with any of you on a drop-in or scheduled basis. If I am exceptionally busy, I may ask you to come back another time. My phone number is: 688-4918; my office number is 302.

IV. Class Schedule

Week I -- Introduction to ADR

August 20 Introduction. Read CB 1-15, 364-69 in preparation for this class. What Process is Appropriate? Watch "Arbitration, Mediation, Preventive Law" videotape. Bar Association Committee Meeting.

Week II -- Arbitration

August 27 The Arbitral Process. Read CB 233-244. Discuss problem 4.3 in class.
Preemption. Read Supp. 1-9.

Week III -- Arbitration

September 3 Arbitration and Statutory Rights. Read Supp. 19-35.

Week IV -- Arbitration

September 10 Judicial Review of Arbitral Awards. Read Supp. 59-64.
Arbitration Hearing Discussion and Preparation

Week V - Arbitration

September 17 Conduct Arbitration Hearing

Week VI - Mini-Trial and Other Processes

September 24 Read CB 275-79; 281-83; 286-87; 372-74. Be prepared to discuss questions 5.1 - 5.5. Mini-Trials, Early Neutral Evaluation, Special Masters. Watch videotape - Out of Court - the Mini-Trial (30 min.).

Week VII - Summary Jury Trial

October 1 Read CB 286-87, 369-71, 439-44. Reread CB 364-69. Continue discussion of alternative processes. Consider role of courts in assisting parties to accomplish non-traditional objectives. Watch videotape: The Summary Jury Trial (30 min.) Be prepared to discuss questions 7.14-7.16.

Week VIII - Fall Break

Week IX - Negotiation

October 15 Introduction to negotiation and negotiation methods. Read CB19-64.
Pepulator Pricing exercise. Hand out Too Old to Rock and Roll exercise. General instructions for Too Old at CB 105-06.

Week X - Negotiation

October 22 Assign Collective Bargaining Negotiation. Watch video on collective bargaining negotiations. Conduct Too Old to Rock and Roll exercise. Finish negotiation outside of class if necessary. Turn in negotiation reports by 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Week XI -Negotiation

October 29 Meet in class. Continue Collective Bargaining Negotiation.

Week XII -- Americanization of International Dispute Resolution

November 7 In lieu of class on 11/5, each class member will be expected to attend the JDR Symposium for 1.5 hours. Continue Collective Bargaining Negotiation.

Week XIII-- Introduction to Mediation

November 12 Introduction to Mediation. Read CB 313-36. Bill and Sandy exercise. Hand out "Broken Bicycle" exercise. Conduct "Broken Bicycle" outside of class.

Week XIV -- Mediation continued

November 19 Turn in Collective Bargaining Agreements. Read CB 123-59. Discussion of mediation process. Discuss "Broken Bicycle" exercise assignment.

Week XV-Counseling Clients about ADR

November 26 Read CB 290-307 and discuss questions 5.6-5.10.

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