Mediation Week 2014

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:



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 Events 

Organizations and Institutions from around the world held events  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