Nominations for Section Leadership Positions
The Section’s Nominating Committee, which is responsible for nominating individuals for Section Council positions, seeks nominations for the leadership positions that will be filled for the 2012-2013 American Bar Association year. The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for three at-large Section Council positions, and four executive committee positions: secretary, vice-chair, chair-elect, and the delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.
Council members serve three-year terms and are expected to participate in four quarterly in-person meetings of the Council. In addition, Council members work on task forces, ad hoc and standing committees, as well as various other projects of the Section. The secretary position is a two-year term; the vice-chair and chair-elect positions have one-year terms; and the delegate positions is a three-year term.
To be eligible for election to these positions, nominees must have been Section members for at least one year prior to nomination. Individuals may self-nominate or may be nominated by others by sending a letter and brief biographical statement no later than May 15 to David Moora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday Afternoon Town Hall Meeting! Should Dispute Resolution Professionals be Regulated?
At the Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Washington, D.C., the Section will be hosting a Town Hall on whether dispute resolution professionals should be regulated. The question of mediator/arbitrator quality assurance remains unresolved within the field, and the community continues to debate whether mediators and arbitrators should be credentialed, and if so, what those credentials should be. This event may be the largest single discussion of these issues within the ADR community, facilitated by AmericaSpeaks, a leading facilitator of large deliberative processes (www.americaspeaks.org). Participants will use keypads and groupware simultaneously to instantly prioritize recommendations and ensure that every voice is heard.
New Member Resource
Preparing for Mediation Guides
A group of ABA members, led by John Lande and Howard Herman, recently completed the guides for Preparing for Mediation. These guides are designed to help parties plan to participate in mediation to make it as productive as possible. Lawyers, mediators, courts, mediation programs, and others may suggest that parties read one of these guides before participating in a mediation. There are three versions of the guide:
Preparing for Mediation is a general version that can be used in many different types of mediation, regardless of whether a party is represented by a lawyer.
Preparing for Family Mediation includes information specific to mediation in family disputes.
Preparing for Complex Civil Mediation is designed for parties in complex civil disputes who are represented by lawyers.
The guides can be downloaded from the Section web site: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution.html.