2010 Fall

Town of Nantucket

What could be a more challenging to multi-party negotiation than a recurring series of three-year contract negotiations between a municipal government and five separate unions? Add to that a small town context, where town officials, negotiators, and union membership all belong to the same tight-knit community and have a shared desire to maintain strong relationships […]

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Southern Coalition for Social Justice/ Heirs’ Property Retention Coalition

Heirs’ property is collectively-owned land that has passed through successive generations of families in which the heirs all have undivided interests. Absent unanimous agreement, heirs cannot make property decisions, with the consequence that significant collective-action problems and family disputes can cause heirs’ property to be lost through tax foreclosure or forced sales after court proceedings. Can a

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Office of the Ombudsman at the National Institutes of Health (the Office) is a neutral, independent, and confidential resource providing informal assistance to NIH scientists, administrators, and support staff in addressing work-related issues occurring within the 27 institutes and centers nationwide. While there have been many informal projects and studies conducted by the Office,

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International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Microfinance is a fast growing industry and means for people in developing countries to improve their economic conditions. The growth in microfinance activity has resulted in a proliferation of disputes between borrowers and lenders, where typically borrowers lack the education and financial resources to access the courts, and lenders see the courts as slow and inefficient. Can

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Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA)

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) is a federal agency tasked with supervising offenders in the District of Columbia. CSOSA’s ADR program is designed to resolve workplace disputes among its employees. In the past, the ADR program has outsourced responsibility for conducting organizational climate assessments to external consultants, who have each used slightly

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