In October 2018, Creighton's 2040 Initiative and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) Program hosted the conversation "Disrupting Law, Reclaiming Justice" with a focus on Rules for a Flat World, Dr. Gillian Hadfield's timely and important book offering a critique of current law and legal infrastructure.  Law and lawyers, according to Hadfield, are  not available to most people both in the U.S. and worldwide and are concurrently unable to meet the sophisticated needs of today's globalized economy.

A June 2019 special issue of the Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership, coedited by Profs., Palma Strand, Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán, and Bernie Mayer, presents highlights of that conversation as well as additional perspectives that extend and deepen the discussion.  Featured contributors include Dean Danielle Conway of the University of Maine Law School, Dr. Edward Stringham of Trinity College and the American Institute of Economic Research, and Sean Carroll, SJ, Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative.  Additional perspectives are provided by Dr. Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán, Prof. Palma J. Strand, and Dr. Kathy Gonzales of the NCR Program as well as Professors Greg O'Meara, SJ, and Paul McGreal of the Creighton School of Law.  Larry Kramer, President of the Hewlett Foundation and former Dean of the Stanford Law School, Rachel Lee, an immigration attorney, and Lacey Craven, a degree candidate in the NCR Program, also contributed.

The paperback edition of Rules for a Flat World is scheduled for release in Fall 2019.  Also this Fall, Prof. Palma Strand's book review, which will appear in MIT Press's Design Issues, highlights a design approach to bringing legal infrastructure into the 21st Century.  The field of conflict engagement brings a wealth of valuable experience and insights to this continuing discussion of how to transform law and legal infrastructure to meet the needs of today's flat world.

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