Section of Dispute Resolution

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2020 Spring Conference Sponsorship

Whether you would like to garner some name recognition with an advertisement at the Spring Conference or sponsorship of a networking break or generate new business by exhibiting, the Spring Conference presents an opportunity for you!

Featured Events

2020 Spring Conference

The 2020 Annual Spring Conference will be held on April 22-25, 2020 at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans

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13th Annual Arbitration Institute

We are bringing more than 20 leading arbitrators and arbitration advocates in the country to Phoenix, AZ to teach at its 13th Annual Arbitration Institute. Join us on March 9 -10 to learn how to improve your arbitrator and advocacy skills and increase your arbitration business.

Phoenix, AZ

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The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution has compiled the Section’s resource materials

Featured Resources

Resolutions: A Podcast About Dispute Resolution and Prevention

In this episode, lawyer-turned-planner-turned mediator Jessie Lawrence shares her work in public policy dispute resolution. Jessie Lawrence is an attorney and mediator with a practice focusing on dispute resolution, public engagement and participation, and community and organizational planning.

When Disputes Go Public: Adventures in Public Policy Dispute Resolution

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We produce high quality publications in the dispute resolution field to demonstrate the Section's leadership and to serve its membership, the bench, the bar, and the general public.

Section Publications

ABA Connect

ABA Connect is a place to network, exchange ideas, get advice, and interact with fellow lawyers and legal professionals who share similar areas of interest.

2019-2020 Nominations Report

The Nominations Committee has announced the nominees for Section of Dispute Resolution Officer and Council Positions.

Featured Publication

This practical guide covering more than fifty key negotiation topics is the only book of it’s kind that takes an array of the key negotiation elements and makes them easy to read, and to use. Each chapter is standardized so lawyers can get the essentials quickly and determine which elements might be connected. Each chapter written by SME's in each topic summarizes the best and most recent research and theoretical advances in negotiation from a variety of fields.

Negotiation Essentials for Lawyers

“This indispensable guide is for both practitioners and scholars. It is breathtaking in scope—covering more than fifty facets of negotiation. Each contributor’s essay is structured in a uniform format focused on essential kernels of wisdom, but cleverly connected via web links to more detailed discussion in their longer work, The Negotiator’s Desk Reference."


Events & CLE

The Section holds over 200 hours of accredited CLE programs per year in a variety of different formats; from in-person conferences and skills-based trainings, to teleconferences and break-out sessions at ABA meetings.


Lawyers, judges, law students, non lawyer dispute resolution professionals and international lawyers. Membership in the ABA is a prerequisite to enrollment in the Section of Dispute Resolution.

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About the Section

The Section of Dispute Resolution, established in 1993, has over 11,000 members. The Section is a global leader in dispute resolution. We advance and promote fair, prompt, and cost effective dispute resolution. We convene, facilitate, and support innovative research, education, debate, and collaboration on dispute resolution policy and practices. The Section holds numerous in-person educational programs throughout the year, including a spring conference, the Arbitration Institute, and the Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute. The Section also convenes teleconferences and webinars on topics of interest to members.


See all 2017-2018 Section Council members and Committee, Task Force and Board Chairs.

Committees and Task Forces

Committees are organized into Subject Matter Committees, Process Committees and Standing Committees. Join a Committee to get the most out of your membership!

Interested in learning more about a specific area of ADR?

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Join a Committee Today!

Dispute Resolution members can join any and all of our 18 practice-area committees. You will have access to that committee’s ABA Connect Community portal, where you can communicate with your fellow committee members and stay updated on committee activities. 

Get Involved

The Section of Dispute Resolution is seeking applications from section members who are interested in taking on a leadership role with one of the Section Committees.