September 16, 2016

2016-2017 Leadership

Welcome ABA DR Section Leaders, 2016-2017

Section Chair, Nancy Welsh

The Section is pleased to welcome the 2016-2017 Section Chair, Nancy Welsh, Professor of Law and William Trickett Faculty Scholar at Penn State University, Dickinson Law. Nancy has been a member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution since 1996. She has served as Chair of the Publications Board, Co-Chair of the Dispute Resolution Magazine Editorial Board, on the Section Council, and on the Section’s executive committee. She is an active member of numerous Section Committees and Task Forces and presents regularly at Section events. The Section’s Legal Education Committee awarded her its “In the Trenches” Award in 2005.

Nancy is a leading scholar and teacher of dispute resolution and procedural law. Her research and writing examine negotiation, mediation, arbitration, judicial settlement conferences, and dispute resolution generally, in both domestic and international contexts. She is particularly interested in self-determination, procedural justice, due process, and the institutionalization of dispute resolution. Nancy has written more than 60 articles and chapters that have appeared in law reviews, professional publications and books. Her article, The Thinning Vision of Self-Determination in Court-Annexed Mediation: The Inevitable Price of Institutionalization?, earned recognition as one of the three most-cited articles in the first ten years of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review’s existence. She is also co-author of a leading legal textbook, Dispute Resolution and Lawyers, 5th Ed. In 2006, she conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar regarding the Netherlands’ institutionalization of court-connected mediation and taught in the Private Law department of Tilburg University. She has also been named a Visiting Scholar of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and a Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Before joining the legal academy, Nancy was the executive director of the non-profit Mediation Center in Minnesota, advised the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding the institutionalization of dispute resolution in the courts, and practiced law in the corporate litigation department of Leonard, Street and Deinard. In 1997, she was named a Leading Minnesota Attorney and in 2011, she received the Most Valuable Peacemaker Award from the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators. She continues to serve as a mediator, dispute resolution advisor and trainer, and she teaches Civil Procedure, Negotiation/Mediation, Federal Courts and Dispute System Design Seminar. She received her law school’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2010. Nancy earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Allegheny College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Chair Nancy
Welsh, Carlisle, PA

Chair-Elect
Benjamin Davis, Toledo, OH

Vice-Chair
Harrie Samaras, West Chester, PA

Budget Officer
Joan Stearns Johnsen, Gainesville, FL

Long Range Planning Officer
Myra C. Selby, Indianapolis, IN

Membership Officer
Ava Abramowitz, Leesburg, VA

CLE Officer
To be announced

Section Delegate
James Alfini, Houston, TX

Section Delegate
Pamela C. Enslen, Kalamazoo, MI

Immediate Past Chair
Howard Herman, San Francisco, CA

2017         Jillisa Brittan, Chicago, IL

2017         Alyson Carrel, Chicago, IL

2017         Joanna M. Jacobs, Washington, DC

2017         Kimberly Taylor, New York, NY

2017         Beth Trent, New York, NY

2018         Larry W. Bridgesmith, Nashville, TN

2018         Vikram Kapoor, Washington, DC

2018         F. Peter Phillips, Montclair, NJ

2019         Charles W. Crumpton, Honolulu, HI

2019         Charles Lynn Howard, Hartford, CT

2019         Kristen Blankley, Lincoln, NE

2019         Richard Lord, Maitland, FL      

ABA Young Lawyers Division Liaison
Andrea Lynn Ciobanu
Indianapolis, IN

ABA Law Student Division Liaison
Holly Megan Smith
Cherry Hill, NJ

Section Advisory Committee Representative
Louis Burke
New York, NY 

Section Advisory Committee Representative
Susan Grody Ruben
Cleveland, OH 

Liaison from Associate Members Committee
Kimberly Cork
Winnipeg, Canada

ABA Board of Governors Liaison
Barry C. Hawkins
Stamford, CT

Open Committees*

ADR Practice Management, Business and Skills Development

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Co-Chairs: Gina Miller, Vikram Kapoor

The goal of the Committee on ADR Practice Management, Business and Skills Development is to help our Section members become more successful in their ADR practices and become a resource and a disseminator of information about marketing, business development and office technology for our ADR professionals.

 

Advocacy

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Co- Chairs: Connie Yu, Jim Warren

The Advocacy Committee's mission is to help create and foster best practices for those who represent parties in mediation in order to make the process as effective as possible and to increase its use among members of the legal community. "Advocacy" is a broad term that includes assessing suitability of matters for mediation, advocating its appropriate use to opponents, participating in the design of the mediation process, selecting neutrals, preparing clients for mediation, representing parties in mediation and post-mediation considerations.

 

Arbitration

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Co-Chairs: Louis Burke, Dana Welch

The Arbitration Committee addresses arbitration in the public and private sectors, both domestic and international. It educates and informs Section members about institutional arbitration choices, model arbitration programs, ad hoc alternatives, community based and family law programs, case law and legislative developments. The committee provides information to the legal profession and beyond about the advantages of arbitration, addresses arbitrator standards and qualifications, and addresses contract/clause drafting issues including enforceability.

 

Associates Committee

Chair: Kimberly Cork

The majority of this committee’s members are from the United States who are not lawyers, although a significant percentage are from other countries and are either lawyers or other professionals. We share a common interest in ADR and the incredibly wide diversity of practice that is true in our Section and the ADR field as a whole. We are active throughout the Section and throughout the field.

 

Collaborative Law

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Co-Chairs: Melanie Merkle Atha, Lawrence R. Maxwell Jr,

The Collaborative Law Committee explores the use of Collaborative Law in both family and non-family settings, monitors and advises the Section Council about developments in the field, encourages the use of Collaborative Law, helps the Section build bridges to such organizations as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and educates the Section, the ABA, and the public about the use of Collaborative Law.

 

Court ADR

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Co-Chairs: Jill A Morris, Rebecca Price

The Court ADR Committee supports research, education, administration, and information exchange. To this end, the committee promotes analysis of court-based ADR processes, assists in the dissemination of information about court ADR programs, and provides court administrators, judges, researchers, and providers and users of court-based ADR a forum for discussion and assistance. The Court ADR Committee takes the lead on planning the annual Symposium on ADR in the Courts.

 

Diversity

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Chair: Jaya Sharma

The Diversity Committee is made up of Alternative Dispute Resolution neutrals from around the world, which includes persons of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and persons with impairments or disabilities. Our goal is to strive for diversity within the dispute resolution profession and to have it mirror the diversity of our society. The ability of our profession to facilitate justice and mediate and arbitrate effectively calls for diversity within our profession that fairly represents the population that we serve. We have a long way to go before we can achieve our objective of a diverse profession. However, diversity will never be achieved if we do not lead the way.

 

Employment

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Co-Chairs: Michael Z. Green, to be announced

This committee examines the use of ADR in the employment arena. The committee conducts analysis on a broad range ADR in employment settings.

 

Ethics

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Co-Chairs: Kristen Blankley, Erin Archerd

The mission of the Committee on Ethics is to serve the public, dispute resolution professionals and the Section through study and education on ethics as applied to dispute resolution practices. The Committee seeks to foster the highest standards of conduct by dispute resolution professionals and to enhance the dispute resolution profession's role in serving the public interest, in collaboration with other Section committees.

 

Government

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Co-Chairs: Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher, Miriam Nisbet

This committee addresses a broad range of issues effecting ADR practice and programs in state, local or federal government settings including funding, advocacy, rosters, in-house and or external neutrals, program design, best practices, training, implementation and institutionalization.

 

Health Care

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Co-Chairs: Haavi Morreim, Arthur Peabody

This committee examines the use of ADR in the wide world of health care. The committee fosters analysis, comment, publications and education on the applications of ADR in health care settings including HMO's, contracts for patient services, medical malpractice, etc.

 

Intellectual Property

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Co-Chairs: Jack Goldstein, Merriann M. Panarella

The Intellectual Property Committee works to expand the availability of meaningful ADR for intellectual property disputes and to monitor and participate in emerging issues which affect attorneys, parties and neutrals in this area.

 

International

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Co-Chairs: Charles W Crumpton, Kimberly Taylor

The International Committee continues to monitor and encourage the development of international ADR processes internationally. The Committee promotes best practices in the field, provides a community for Section members who are interested in the field, promotes the understanding and uses of ADR, and offers members ways to incorporate ADR into their practice.

 

Law School

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Co-Chairs: Eric Degroff, Lauren Newell

This committee focuses on education in all forms of ADR at the law school level by organizing different activities for law school students and faculty. These activities, among others, include the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, the James Boskey Essay Competition, the Directory of Dispute Resolution Courses and Programs, and the Legal Educator's Colloquium (cosponsored with AALS). The committee works with both full-time and adjunct faculty to provide information about course offerings, exchange syllabi, and enrich the law school experience.

 

Mediation

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Co-Chairs: Ava Abramowitz, Richard B Lord

The Mediation Committee studies the many applications of mediation, promotes the utilization of mediation, and its development as a substantive practice area. The Committee assists with the understanding and uses of mediation, and offers members ways to incorporate mediation into their practice. The Mediation Committee oversees annual Mediation Week events.

 

Ombuds

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Co-Cairs: Charles L. Howard, Howard Gadlin

The Ombuds Committee seeks to promote a better understanding and increased utilization of appropriately designed, supported, and implemented ombuds programs in organizations of all types, including law firms.

 

Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy

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Co-Chairs: Jessica Lawrence, Terry Amsler

The mission of this committee is to provide a common venue for those interested in public policy, consensus building, and democracy as it relates to dispute resolution. It builds upon traditional public policy dispute resolution by expanding the vision of public policy to include constructive dialogue, consensus building and democratic governance. It emphasizes the capacity of dispute resolution practice and theory to foster integrative solutions to public policy disputes in particular cases, and more broadly to deliberative democracy, collaborative governance, and the rule of law.

Securities ADR

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Co-Chairs: Kenneth L. Andrichik, Mara A Weinstein

The Securities ADR Committee focuses on the mechanisms of arbitration and mediation that fairly and efficiently resolve securities disputes, including customer, employment and intra-industry disputes. The Committee also fosters the awareness, use and improvement of securities ADR processes.

 

Women in Dispute Resolution

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Co-Chairs: Gilda Turitz, Conna Weiner

The WIDR Committee serves as leading resource for business and professional development of women Dispute Resolution professionals to insure them the full scope of opportunities in dispute resolution, assess status of women in DR profession and academia, identifies whether there are barriers that prevent women from full participation in Dispute Resolution profession, determines whether women are considered for, and appointed to, all types, sizes and complexities of cases, develops positive and proactive initiatives for increasing participation of women in the Dispute Resolution profession, interacts with women’s networking groups of the ABA, Trial Bar, International Bar and other related Organizations, and mentors women Dispute Resolution professionals.

 

Young Lawyers/Young ADR Professionals

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Co-Chairs: Matthew Schorr, Bryan Branon

The Young Lawyers/Young ADR Professionals Committee understands that dispute resolution is a skill necessary for attorneys in most practice areas. This Committee helps expand young professionals’ understanding of ADR processes and serves as a gateway to resources, opportunities and knowledge to help build any young lawyer's practice.

Standing Committees, Boards, and Task Forces+

Advisory Committee

Chair: Harrie Samaras

The Advisory Committee is made up of representatives of ABA Sections, Divisions and Forum Committees that have Dispute Resolution Committees. The Committee meetings function as an opportunity to share information and develop collaborative activities between the Dispute Resolution Section and other entities with dispute resolution committees.


Committee on Committees

Chair: Myra Selby

The Committee on Committees oversees the committee structure within the Section’s system of shared governance.

 

Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance

Co-Chairs: Roger Wolf, Sam Jackson

The Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance accepts inquiries and provides advisory responses to requests regarding ethical issues pertaining to mediation. The Committee includes ADR practitioners, academics and leading ADR ethical experts from the public and private sectors.


Early Dispute Resolution Task Force

Co-Chairs: Richard Fincher, Anne Jordan

The Early Dispute Resolution (EDR) Task Force works to promote early dispute resolution by in-house lawyers and clients and to take advantage of the services of neutral dispute resolution professionals at the earliest appropriate time.

Publications Board

Chair: Daniel Bowling

The Publications Board upholds the Section’s excellent reputation for producing high-quality books for its membership and practitioners in the subject area of dispute resolution. To further develop and enhance the Section’s book program, the Board works toward creating a steady stream of books on an annual basis; to increase revenues for the Section’s book program; and solidify the Section’s reputation as a preeminent publisher in this subject area.


Dispute Resolution Magazine Editorial Board

Co-Chairs: Joseph B. Stulberg and Andrea Kupfer Schneider

Chair Emeritus: Frank Sander

The Dispute Resolution Magazine Editorial Board meets on a regular basis to discuss the latest news and trends in the dispute resolution field. They are tasked with maintaining the high level of quality and the integrity of the Section’s magazine. Dispute Resolution Magazine is published quarterly and provides timely, insightful and resourceful information regarding the latest developments, news and trends in the growing field of dispute resolution throughout the world and features internationally-known scholars and practitioners as authors.

 

 

Standing Committee on Membership Engagement

Chair: Ava J Abramowitz

 

The mission of the Standing Committee on Membership is to grow the Section membership and ensure that Section activities and events are responsive to the needs of Section members. The Standing Committee designs member recruitment campaigns and advises the Section Council regarding policy changes that ensure the value Section membership.


Standing Committee on the Spring Conference

Co-Chairs: Alyson Carrel and Kelly Browe Olson

The Standing Committee has overarching responsibility for the Dispute Resolution Section’s Annual Spring Conference.

 

 

*Open Committees:

Interested in meeting practitioners with years of experience and thriving practices? Want to get involved with interesting and substantive work? Or just want to learn more about an ADR area of interest? Join a Dispute Resolution Open Committee.* Our committees offer the chance to get involved in monitoring and encouraging the development of ADR in specific subject areas; they provide a community for Section members who are interested in the subject area; committees help develop CLE/training programs to assist members; and committees formally liaise with other ABA entities that have a shared subject matter focus. Subject Matter Committees and Process Committees are open to Section members for free!

 

+Membership on boards, standing committees, task forces, and awards/competitions is by appointment.

D’Alemberte-Raven Award

Chair: Benjamin Davis

The D’Alemberte-Raven Award was created to recognize outstanding service in dispute resolution.

 

Outstanding Scholarly Work Award

Co-Chairs: Jean Sternlight, Bob Mnookin

The Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work honors individuals whose scholarship has significantly contributed to the dispute resolution field.

 

Lawyer as Problem Solver Award
Co-Chairs: Geetha Ravindra, Wayne Thorpe

The Lawyer as Problem Solver Award recognizes individuals and organizations that use their problem-solving skills to forge creative solutions. An award is given to an individual member of the legal profession and/or institution who has exhibited extraordinary skill in either promoting the concept of the lawyer as problem-solver or resolving individual, institutional, community, state, national, or international problems.


James Boskey Competition

Chair: Peter Reilly

The James Boskey ADR Writing Competition is named in memory of James B. Boskey, an intellectual, humanitarian, Seton Hall University law professor, and mediator. The purpose of the competition is to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among all law students of the nation, particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.


Mediation Representation Competition

Co-Chairs: Lauren Newell, Eric Degroff

The Law Student National Representation in Mediation Competition is designed to acquaint the law student participants with advocacy skills in alternative dispute resolution processes, specifically mediation.

Publications Board

Chair: Daniel Bowling

The Publications Board upholds the Section’s excellent reputation for producing high-quality books for its membership and practitioners in the subject area of dispute resolution. To further develop and enhance the Section’s book program, the Board works toward creating a steady stream of books on an annual basis; to increase revenues for the Section’s book program; and solidify the Section’s reputation as a preeminent publisher in this subject area.

 

Dispute Resolution Magazine Editorial Board

Co-Chairs: Joseph B. Stulberg and Andrea Kupfer Schneider

Chair Emeritus: Frank Sander

The Dispute Resolution Magazine Editorial Board meets on a regular basis to discuss the latest news and trends in the dispute resolution field. They are tasked with maintaining the high level of quality and the integrity of the Section’s magazine. Dispute Resolution Magazine is published quarterly and provides timely, insightful and resourceful information regarding the latest developments, news and trends in the growing field of dispute resolution throughout the world and features internationally-known scholars and practitioners as authors.

Advisory Committee

Chair: Harrie Samaras

The Advisory Committee is made up of representatives of ABA Sections, Divisions and Forum Committees that have Dispute Resolution Committees. The Committee meetings function as an opportunity to share information and develop collaborative activities between the Dispute Resolution Section and other entities with dispute resolution committees.

 

Committee on Committees

Chair: Myra Selby

The Committee on Committees oversees the committee structure within the Section’s system of shared governance.

 

Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance

Co-Chairs: Roger Wolf, Sam Jackson

The Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance accepts inquiries and provides advisory responses to requests regarding ethical issues pertaining to mediation. The Committee includes ADR practitioners, academics and leading ADR ethical experts from the public and private sectors.

 

Standing Committee on Membership Engagement

Chair: Ava J Abramowitz

The mission of the Standing Committee on Membership is to grow the Section membership and ensure that Section activities and events are responsive to the needs of Section members. The Standing Committee designs member recruitment campaigns and advises the Section Council regarding policy changes that ensure the value Section membership.

 

Standing Committee on the Spring Conference

Co-Chairs: Alyson Carrel and Kelly Browe Olson

The Standing Committee has overarching responsibility for the Dispute Resolution Section’s Annual Spring Conference.

Early Dispute Resolution Task Force

Co-Chairs: Richard Fincher, Anne Jordan

The Early Dispute Resolution (EDR) Task Force works to promote early dispute resolution by in-house lawyers and clients and to take advantage of the services of neutral dispute resolution professionals at the earliest appropriate time.