Section of Dispute Resolution

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Request for Proposals - 2020 Spring Conference

The Section is now accepting program proposals for the 2020 Annual Spring Conference on April 22-25, 2020 at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.

Featured Events


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

Featured Resources

Resolutions: A Podcast About Dispute Resolution and Prevention

Andrew J. Pincus and Deepak Gupta are two leading Supreme Court practitioners who have appeared in eight precedent-setting arbitral law cases. They will share their insights from those arguments and offer an unparalleled view of the Supreme Court’s approach to resolving disputes over the law of arbitration. Moderated by Hon. Bruce Meyerson (Ret).

Episode 12

Learn More - Resolutions Podcast


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

2019-2020 NominationsReport

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

Featured Publication

This user-friendly, practical resource is designed for today’s legal professional who desires to improve their communication, client service and leadership skills and create a high performance, high functioning workplace. Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence is the first comprehensive guide to understanding and raising emotional intelligence (EI) in the unique context of law practice.

Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence

Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence is the first comprehensive guide to understanding and raising emotional intelligence (EI) in the unique context of law practice.

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.

About Us

Learn more about the Section of Dispute Resolution, the staff and find contact information.

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?

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.

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.