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“Mediation Provides Meaningful Access to Justice,” Says ABA President Robinson

“Mediation Provides Meaningful Access to Justice,” Says ABA President Robinson

By Edward McEneely

Our justice system is made stronger by mediation and other voluntary collaborative dispute resolution processes that provide effective alternatives to litigation and court trials.

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For the next seven days — the period that the American Bar Association Board of Governors has officially recognized as “ABA Mediation Week” — the ABA will bring attention to the vital role mediation plays in the United States and around the world.

Mediation provides meaningful access to justice in a manner that is almost always less expensive and timelier than traditional court processes.  The parties involved see those benefits; the justice system benefits as well as a result of lighter caseloads on already overburdened and underfinanced courts.

This week, the ABA is working with lawyers, law students and bar groups to highlight mediation as a model for peaceful and effective dispute resolution.  We are also asking our partners to focus on the role of civility and civil public discourse in this process.

The ABA also greatly appreciates the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent expression of support for ABA Mediation Week and thanks the department for reaffirming “its commitment to effective mediation, as well as to civility at all stages in legal disputes.”

The ABA encourages all citizens to model the use of civility, non-disparagement, dialogue, problem solving, and other collaborative practices in their interactions.  We hope you will join us in celebrating the important role of mediation in our system of justice.

Please click here for a biography and photo of Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, president of the American Bar Association.

(Media contact: Meredith Josef, 202-662-1092, Meredith.Josef@americanbar.org)

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