The authors of these exercises encourage other professors and teachers to use the exercises in their courses.
In making these exercises available to dispute resolution educators, the Hewlett Lawyer as Problem Solver Committee hopes to increase the availability of teaching tools to teach the concept of the lawyer as problem solver. You can download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat from City of Riverport Jeff Goldfien This exercise involves the mediation of a legal dispute between two local government agencies with different functions but overlapping geographic jurisdictions.
The problem solving process begins when the problem is defined.
The initial solution is often a non-creative one and a more creative solution may be required to adequately resolve the issue.
These exercises were compiled for the Lawyer as Problem Solver workshops at the Legal Educators' Colloquium, cosponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association of American Law Schools and held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution annual spring conference.
This special workshop examines how exercises, role plays, and simulations can be most effectively used to develop the perspective of the lawyer as problem solver.
Creative problem solving techniques includes methods designed to shift a person’s mental state into one that fosters creativity.
There are also techniques that look for solutions to problems by reframing the problem.
The Lawyer as Problem Solver workshops are organized by the Section of Dispute Resolution's Hewlett Lawyer as Problem Solver Committee.
The Committee would like to thank all of those who have taken the time to create these innovative exercises and share them with their colleagues.