Section of Dispute Resolution

The Section of Dispute Resolution provides members with accessible, relevant and cutting-edge information, practice tips, and skill-building opportunities. We are a vibrant forum for networking, professional development, and research that bridges together unique and diverse perspectives. 


Section of Dispute Resolution Resources, including practice guides, toolkits, research aids, podcasts, and audio downloads are designed to serve all of your needs.

Resolutions Podcast

Resolutions: A Podcast About Dispute Resolution and Prevention

A Task Force on Innovative Processes of Conflict Prevention led by Section Chair Joan Stearns Johnsen has spent the last several months exploring how we can adapt our skills to conflict prevention through the use of standing and stand-by neutrals as well as deal facilitators.

The Imperative on Prevention: How Does This Change Your Practice

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Resolutions: A Podcast About Dispute Resolution and Prevention

Rekha Rangachari sits down with Kim Taylor to discuss JAMS’ involvement with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, new developments, and resilience in the time of COVID-19. The Section thanks JAMS for their sponsorship of the successful Virtual Spring Meeting that ran May 18-22. Tune in to learn more!

A Conversation with JAMS’ Kimberly Taylor, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Operating Officer

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Online Mediation


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

Section Receives the 2020 ABA Spirit of Excellence Award

The ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession awarded five recipients its 2020 Spirit of Excellence Award during a luncheon on Feb. 15 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas.

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ABA Connect

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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.


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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?

Join a committee in order to receive exclusive access to practice-specific newsletters, topical webinars, interactive discussion lists, and a community of thought leaders and peers.

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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. 

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