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. In 2011, the ABA declared the third week of October, “ABA Mediation Week,” in part building on the efforts of many other national, state, and local organizations, including the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) which have traditionally celebrated conflict resolution during the month of October. 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 12-18, 2014 this year.
The theme for this year’s ABA Mediation Week is “Stories Mediators Tell—From Rookie to Veteran, Exploring the Spectrum of Mediation.” As lawyers and mediators, we understand both the challenges and rewards of helping parties in conflict reach an agreement by getting past differences in positions, by understanding each other’s perspectives better, and by finding ways to get their important interests met while staying true to their values and belief systems. Programs held during ABA Mediation Week will provide neutrals, advocates and policy makers with inspiration and tools necessary to bridge the gap that often prevents amicable resolution of disputes. This year’s theme seeks to recognize and share inspirational stories of practitioners in the field who want others to experience the art of mediation. Their stories share advice on how to handle certain situations, share what mediation is about, and share how certain situations were handled.
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 8, 2014. 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: email@example.com