Sharing Dispute Resolution Practices with Leaders of a Divided Community or Campus: Strategies for Two Crucial Conversations

44 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2021 Last revised: 22 Feb 2021

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William Froehlich

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Nancy H. Rogers

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Joseph P. Stulberg

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law; Vermont Law School

Date Written: January 19, 2021

Abstract

Dispute resolution experts have much to offer local leaders during a time of national division. They can provide ways for these leaders to: preserve and build trust, take advantage of the energy underlying protest to help the community deal over the long term with root causes of the concerns that residents raise, and prepare the community by making it more resilient and ready to deal with a divisive incident or conflict. In creating and using a “virtual toolkit” of resources for assisting local officials, several strategies emerged that will help dispute resolution experts reach these leaders. The strategies include: ask other local leaders to transform the dispute resolution practices into leader-to-leader counsel, omit alternative dispute resolution (ADR) jargon, fit leaders’ schedules, offer an engaging format that might be a change of pace for leaders, educate for discovery so that local leaders can tailor the concepts to local situations, and conduct the conversations quietly.

Suggested Citation

Froehlich, William and Rogers, Nancy H. and Stulberg, Joseph P., Sharing Dispute Resolution Practices with Leaders of a Divided Community or Campus: Strategies for Two Crucial Conversations (January 19, 2021). Ohio State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 593, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Vol. 35, No. 5, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3769236 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3769236

William Froehlich (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

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Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Nancy H. Rogers

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Joseph P. Stulberg

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Vermont Law School

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South Royalton, VT 05068
United States

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