Talking Across Cultures

Mediating in a multi-cultural world can confound parties and mediators. This interactive session will explore the impact of culture, at the individual and organizational levels, drawing on personal experience and the latest communications and neuroscience research.  Multi-cultural communication provides an ideal lens for examining both the origin of conflict and the opportunities for greater understanding and problem-solving. The learning and outputs from the session have broad applicability to multiple tracks and cross-cutting areas.

Robert Fisher, DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution, Washington, DC
Shayla Simmons, DOI Office of the Solicitor, Washington, DC


ADR Initiatives in the Developing World: Lessons from the Field

In the face of enormous court backlogs, developing nations have increasingly turned to ADR and ADR experts from the U.S. for answers.  But how easily do “Getting to Yes” style principles translate to legal traditions very different from our own?  What other political, professional, and legal reforms must be considered before ADR can make effective inroads?  What ethical issues are raised by the exportation of ADR to the developing world?  Using case studies drawn from the panelists’ experience in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the South Pacific, this panel will explore these and other increasingly important questions.

Hiro Aragaki, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA
Donna Stienstra, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC
Robert Levy District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, NY
Stephanie Smith, Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School, Oakland, CA


Women in Dispute Resolution -- Theory and Practice

This session will report on the results of a practice snapshot survey sent to all Section members.  The session will discuss possible actions the Section of Dispute Resolution, other organizations, and the field can take to ensure women have opportunities to serve as arbitrators, mediators, and neutrals.

Ruth Glick, Burlingame, CA
Myra Selby, Ice Miller LLP, Indianapolis, IN
Elizabeth B. Herrington, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Chicago, IL

Sandra Partridge, American Arbitration Association, New York, NY


Designing a Nation-Wide Dispute System that Addresses a Spectrum of Civil Rights

The presenters will compare the systems designs of the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service ("CRS") with other organizations' system designs.  The United States Congress has charged CRS with resolving disputes that involve diverse stakeholders, including state and local units of government, as well as private and public organizations.  This presentation shows the processes by which CRS administers conflict resolution services to communities as a whole while interacting with various formal legal systems.

Janet Martinez, Senior Lecturer and Director Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA
Synthia Demons, Acting Regional Director, Southwest Region Department of Justice Community Relations Service, Dallas, TX
Justin Lock, Conciliation Specialist Department of Justice Community Relations Service, Chicago, IL
Carol Russo, Senior Conciliation Specialist Department of Justice Community Relations Service, San Francisco, CA
Grande Lum, National Director Department of Justice Community Relations Service, Washington, DC