Mediation Week 2013


Over the last few decades the field of alternative dispute resolution has grown tremendously.  The recognition that not all cases are well suited for the adversarial process and that there are multiple paths to justice is increasingly shared by attorneys, judges, and the public.  The ABA Mediation Week initiative is a celebration of the strides we have made in institutionalizing mediation as one of several appropriate dispute resolution processes.  ABA Mediation Week will be held during the week of October 13-19, 2013 this year. 

The theme for our 2013 ABA Mediation Week was “Making a World of Difference.” Lawyers and mediators around the world are increasingly using alternative means to settle disputes.  In their use of mediation, practitioners are bridging differences in positions, perspectives, and people.


We have put together a Toolkit of resources to help organizations and individuals help promote mediation and Mediation Week.


In an effort to facilitate the initiation of ABA Mediation Week programs by law schools, ADR organizations, Courts and state and local bar associations, the Section of Dispute Resolution has limited funds available this year to provide financial assistance to organizations sponsoring ABA Mediation Week activities on a first-come, first-served, as-needed grant basis for those organizations meeting the criteria for assistance.  The registration form also includes the application for assistance.  We ask you to complete the registration form by no later than September 9, 2013.  Applications received after that date may receive funding that may be remaining on a reduced rate.  We are excited about collaborating with you this year on this important initiative.


If you are interested in sponsoring an activity this year, please complete the registration form HERE which sets forth information about your organization and your contemplated activity. 

For more information contact Matthew Conger at the American bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution:



Mediation Week Press Center


ABA Global Impact 
Posted October 8, 2013

Travels around the world and explore some of the activities the ABA and its nearly 200 international committees are doing to support the legal profession.  Read about Mediation Week

Mediation Week is Oct. 14-20 
Posted October 8, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott recently proclaimed Oct. 14-20 as Mediation Week in The State of Florida.In his proclamation, the governor stated, “Court programs use mediation to effectively and efficiently resolve disputes.” He also went on to state, “Community-based mediation programs strengthen relationships by assisting in the resolution of neighborhood and community conflicts.” Read the full story:

2013 Mediation Week DC Event

Join Members and Staff at the New ABA DC Offices for an ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Cocktail Reception in Celebration of ABA Mediation Week featuring John W. McDonald, Ambassador (ret.), Chairman and Co-Founder of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, in Washington D.C as our Honored and Distinguished Guest!

The cocktail reception will be held Thursday, October 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at the New ABA Offices located at 1050 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Ambassador John W. McDonald is a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant, development expert and peace builder.  This event is an excellent networking and learning opportunity for attorneys, mediators and other ADR professionals, law students and corporate and government representatives.  Register today as space is limited to the first 100 attendees.

Please click here to Register for the event.

Parking is available in the building from Central Parking. 

The entrance is on 18th Street between K and L Streets, NW

2013 Mediation Week Events in Your Area

Organizations and Institutions from around the world will organize events to be held in recognition of ABA Mediation Week.  See below for a list of events in your area.

2013 Mediation Week Events

Law Offices of SJ Read

Online and in person receptions in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia, MO

October 17, 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.

Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc.

Cambridge, MA

October 17, 6 P.M. – 10 P.M.

Association for Conflict Resolution

Chicago, IL

October 17, 5:30 P.M. – 7 P.M.

ReSync Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.

Dallas, TX

October 13 – 19, 6 P.M. – 9 P.M.

Michigan ADR Center
Michigan Mediates!

Laurie McKendall Mediation

Dallas, TX

October 17 – 19, 9 A.M. – 6 P.M.

The Law Offices of Carmina K. Tessitore, Esq., LLC

Norwalk, CT

October 16 – 18, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.


Arkansas Community Dispute Resolution Centers, Inc

Little Rock, AR

October 14 – 19, 12 P.M. – 8 P.M.


International Academy of Dispute Resolution

Des Moines, IA

October 18, 8 A.M. – 7:30 P.M. and October 19th, 8 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.


CMG Foundation

Richmond, VA

October 16, 8 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.


Peter V. Arcese, Esq. & Indiegrove LLC

Jersey City, NJ

October 16, 6:30 P.M. – 9 P.M.


Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc

New Hope, MN
October 16, 3 P.M. – 7 P.M.


Tennessee Valley Mediation Association & Institute for Collaborative Leadership - Lincoln Memorial University

Knoxville, TN
October 15, 5 P.M. – 7 P.M.


Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc.

Oshkosh, WI

Month of October, 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.


Agency for Dispute Resolution


October 14, 10 A.M. – 11 A.M PST

Agency for Dispute Resolution


October 15, 10 A.M. – 11 A.M PST

Agency for Dispute Resolution


October 16, 4P.M. – 5 P.M PST



New York, NY

October 17


American Arbitration Association

San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and possibly several others

Wyoming Agriculture & Natural Resources Mediation Program

Casper, WY

October 17


Wyoming Agriculture & Natural Resources Mediation Program

Jackson, WY

October 7, 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.


Wyoming Agriculture & Natural Resources Mediation Program

Gillette, WY

October 8, 9:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.


Wyoming Agriculture & Natural Resources Mediation Program

Lusk, WY

October 9, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Wyoming Agriculture & Natural Resources Mediation Program

Casper, WY

October 10, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Wyoming Agriculture & Natural Resources Mediation Program

Douglas, WY

October 11, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

International Mediation Week Events

University of Torino (Italy)
Torino, Italy

October 19, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

ADR Association of Barbados

October 17, 8 P.M.

JAMS International

London, England

October 17, 4:30 P.M.

Australian Centre for Dispute Resolution (ACJI), Law Faculty Monash University

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

October 14, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Menno Simons College at the University of Winnipeg

Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

October 16, 12:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

JAMS Chicago and Chicago Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution

Chicago, IL

October 17, 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

JAMS San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

October 18, 1:15 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

JAMS San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

October 17, 5 P.M. – 7:35 P.M.

JAMS San Diego

Carlsbad, CA

October 16, 12 P.M. – 1 P.M.


JAMS Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

October 16, 11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.


JAMS Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

October 15, 8:30 A.M. – 10 A.M.


JAMS Miami

Miami, FL

October 15, 9:30 A.M. – 1:15 P.M.


JAMS New York and Columbia University’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Master’s program

New York, NY

October 16, 6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.


JAMS Oakland

Oakland, CA

October 15, 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.


JAMS Silicon Valley

San Jose, CA

October 16, 11:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.


JAMS and Sacramento Bar Association Health Care Section

Sacramento, CA

October 17, 12 P.M. – 1 P.M.


JAMS Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

October 15, 7:30 A.M. – 10 A.M.

Bar Associations

Columbus Bar Association

Columbus, OH

October 15, 1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

VBA-VSB Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Richmond, VA

October 15, 11 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Delaware’s ADR Section of the Bar

Nassau County Bar Association

Mineola, NY

October 16, 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Academic Institutions

Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (C-DRUM)
Baltimore, MD

October 14 – 18, 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.

The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution / Dispute Resolution Society

New York, NY

October 19 at 6:30 P.M. and October 20 at 3 P.M.

Werner Institute at Creighton University School of Law

Omaha, NE

October 17, 4 P.M. – 7 P.M.


Western Carolina University, Mountain Mediation Services, and NC Agricultural Mediation Program, Campus Mediation Program

Cullowhee, NC

October 14 – 17


Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA

October 15, 12:30 P.M – 1:30 P.M.


Marquette University Law School Dispute Resolution Society

Milwaukee, WI

October 17, 12 P.M. – 2 P.M.


John Marshall Law School

Chicago, IL

October 16, 12 P.M. – 1 P.M.


Marquette University Law School Dispute Resolution Society

Milwaukee, WI

October 18, 8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.


Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, AL

October 14 – 15