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: firstname.lastname@example.org