On Wednesday, March 29, The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution will host a book talk in Washington, DC for Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Author Lainey Feingold, and Structured Negotiation’s co-creator Linda Dardarian will be on hand to share stories from the book and answer questions about the dispute resolution process that has delivered big results without lawsuits for two decades. Light refreshments will be served and Lainey will be signing books.
- Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits Book Talk
- 1050 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (Offices of the American Bar Association)
- Wednesday, March 29 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Please help the ABA plan by emailing your RSVP (though last minute attendance is ok too!)
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What is Structured Negotiation?
Structured Negotiation is a dispute resolution process to resolve legal claims withOUT lawsuits. Some of the largest organizations in the United States have avoided the conflict, expense, and negative publicity a lawsuit typically involves by choosing Structured Negotiation instead.
Structured Negotiation participants have included Bank of America, Anthem, Inc., Major League Baseball, CVS, and the City and County of San Francisco. The method developed to resolve disability civil rights claims of blind people and has been very effective in improving access to technology, information, websites, and other digital communications.
But Structured Negotiation is not just a tool for disability rights cases. The method has broad application to many different types of civil cases where parties would rather focus on solution over conflict; problem-solving over procedural battles. Lainey’s book was written to make it easy to apply the method — in whole or in part — in a variety of settings.Back to top
Is the Structured Negotiation book just for lawyers?
No! Lainey’s book is for anyone interested in how to solve legal problems without lawsuits. The book is full of stories about the people Lainey has worked with and the issues she has worked on. It lays out the building blocks of Structured Negotiation in an easy-to-follow way for advocates, lawyers, law students, and clients alike.
David Hoffman, Esq., Founder of the Boston Law Collaborative, LLC and John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, wrote that “the Structured Negotiation model provides a detailed roadmap for principled peacemaking in complex cases.”
Much of Lainey’s work over the past two decades has involved ensuring that disabled people have access to the digital world. Web developers, designers, and usability professionals will find the book useful. In a great review in User Experience, The Magazine of the User Experience Professionals Association author Whitney Quesenbery cautions readers not to “dismiss structured negotiations as relevant only in a legal setting.”
One of Lainey and Linda’s clients emphasized the broad appeal of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits:
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If you are a lawyer, an advocate or a person who would like to learn how to reduce conflict in situations where people share vastly different perspectives, you’ve got to read this book.
— Jessie Lorenz, Structured Negotiation participant; Executive Director, Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco
What People are Saying about Structured Negotiation and Lainey’s book talks
Readers and audiences have been enthusiastic about both the book, and Structured Negotiation book events held over the past six months since the book was published:
Lainey captivated a room of lawyers with her exceptional ability to inspire and she articulated a clear and pragmatic framework to achieve systemic change. Lainey does this so skillfully by challenging the legal profession to redefine its entrenched roles and beliefs.Robert Lattanzio, Executive Director, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Toronto
Lainey presented on her work with the blind community and on her clear and illuminating new book “Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits” at a UC Hastings event for practitioners and law students. She was simultaneously engaging, practical and immediately understandable. We are so fortunate to have her describe not just the outcomes of her important work, but for her sharing the “how-to” process of her negotiation approaches. She is inspiring both as a speaker and as an attorney activist. Sheila Purcell, Hastings Law School professor
Lainey gave several outstanding presentations while in Toronto. Law students were engaged. Graduate students and faculty were intrigued. Practicing lawyers were inspired. Lainey’s approach, Structured Negotiation, is a fascinating dispute resolution mechanism which has applicability well beyond the disability rights field. Lainey has started a conversation that will certainly continue.Martha E. Simmons, Visiting Professor and Director, Osgoode Mediation Clinic and Mediation Intensive Program, Osgoode Hall Law School
As one of America’s leading civil rights lawyers, Lainey Feingold uses Structured Negotiation to obtain far-reaching settlements without litigation. Now she shares her secrets. This book should be required reading for lawyers and law students alike.
— Samuel R. Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights