Articles & Publications

Federal Agencies Told to Use ADR Techniques to Resolve Environmental Issues

Posted December 26, 2012 by Daniel P. Dozier in Alternative Dispute Resolution Publications, Articles & Publications

Federal agencies have yet again been directed to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques to resolve disputes. This time the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality have directed relevant departments and agencies to "increase the appropriate and effective use of third-party assisted environmental collaboration as well as environmental conflict resolution to resolve problems and conflicts that arise in the context of environmental, public lands, or natural resources issues, including matters related to energy, transportation, and water and land management. 

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Coal King No Longer: Is Natural Gas the Long Term Solution?

Posted December 21, 2012 by Daniel P. Dozier in Articles & Publications

This has not a good year for coal in the United States. Fifty-five coal-burning power plants haveshut down this year alone including the Big Sandy power plant in Louisa, Kentucky.

The significance of the Big Sandy plant is that it is located right in the heart of coal country; near the Appalachian Mountains, an area that has relied on coal, not only for energy, but as an economic driver for decades.

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DOHA 2012 Climate Change Conference

Posted December 14, 2012 by Daniel P. Dozier in Articles & Publications, Environmental Publications

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) created the Conference of the Parties (COP) in order to get developed and non-developed nations to produce a plan to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and help prevent global climate change.

Despite recent events like Hurricane Sandy, Doha 2012 COP 18 saw little progress towards a lasting agreement of significant limits on GHG emissions.

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Wayne State Law School Environmental Law Clinic Director Gaining Recognition

Posted December 7, 2012 by Daniel P. Dozier in Articles & Publications, Environmental Publications

Nick Schroeck is executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and teaches at the Wayne State University Law School Environmental Law Clinic. A 2007 graduate of Wayne State University law school, Nick is receiving recognition for his many accomplishments in environmental law. Good for Nick and good for Wayne State Law School, my alma mater.

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The NHL Negotiations: Clients Move the Puck Toward a Settlement

Posted December 6, 2012 by Daniel P. Dozier in Alternative Dispute Resolution Publications, Articles & Publications

The NHL players and owners finally appear to be making progress towards a collective bargaining agreement. Although no formal agreement, public reports indicate that the two sides are having meaningful and productive discussions around many of the critical issues. You might be surprised, though, that this was not thanks to Gary Bettman or Donald Fehr, the lead negotiators for management and the union respectively.

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The National Hockey League Negotiations: Will Mediation Make a Difference?

Posted November 29, 2012 by Daniel P. Dozier in Alternative Dispute Resolution Publications, Articles & Publications

As the NHL lockout reaches its 10th week, it is hard from the outside to see any progress. Both the All-Star game and the Winter Classic have been cancelled and the two sides seem just as far apart as they were three months ago.
But one recent development which should delight hockey fans and ADR professionals alike is that the owners and players have finally agreed to mediation. Both sides have agreed that ongoing negotiations will be conducted under the auspices of mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

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