2017-18 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

Grieving Over Settlement: The Impact of Loss in Legal Negotiation

February 22, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. | Saxbe Auditorium 

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Modern teaching about negotiation emphasizes opportunities for achieving joint gain and the need to measure a settlement proposal against one’s alternatives. These are important concepts. But to an extent not often recognized, many disputants still experience settlement as a loss. This triggers strong feelings and places lawyers and mediators in unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory.  In this talk Professor Dwight Golann explores why disputants often react to settlement decisions as a loss, and how attorneys and neutrals can respond to this phenomenon.

About Professor Golann

Dwight Golann is Professor of Law at Suffolk University and a leading teacher and writer on dispute resolution. He has authored numerous books and publications, including the American Bar Association’s leading texts on mediation technique, Mediating Legal Disputes, and advocacy, Sharing a Mediator’s Powers, as well as an ebook created for the European Commission. Professor Golann is also the co-author of textbooks on dispute resolution and co-creator of videos on negotiation, mediation and counseling which are available to teachers at no cost at www.adrvideo.org. He has been a Visiting Professor at Boston, Oregon and Pepperdine Universities and the Harvard Program of Instruction for Lawyers.

Professor Golann has mediated hundreds of legal disputes. He is a Certified Mediator for the International Mediation Institute, Scholar in Residence at the International Academy of Mediators, and the recipient of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Golann was formerly a civil litigator, serving as Chief of the Government and Trial Divisions of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he supervised all litigation against state officials and agencies and argued cases at every level of the American court system. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.


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About the Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

The Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution was established in 1992 as a result of the generosity of the late Stanley Schwartz Jr. (a 1947 Moritz College of Law graduate) and the Schwartz family. Each lecture is published in the interdisciplinary Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, in keeping with Mr. Schwartz’s interest in the promotion of scholarly publication in the area of dispute resolution.

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