December 01, 2018 Just Resolutions Newsletter

December 2018 Just Resolutions Newsletter

Just Resolutions Highlights from 2018

We are celebrating the end of 2018 with highlights from this year’s newsletter issues.

Dispute Resolution Magazine: You must Act Now to receive a print copy of the Winter 2019 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine. 

Relational Practices

The Relational Practices task force launched in 2017 and has published articles, prepared resources, and organized the Section’s first ever Virtual Summit.

Task Force co-chair Louise Phipps Senft has written the I Can Relate blog series, appearing in most of the 2018 Just Resolutions newsletters.

Read the new, December 2018 I Can Relate blog, Voting as a Radical Relational Right.

Access the Relational Practices Task Force January 2018 Just Resolutions Newsletter


The Section’s Ombuds Committee is working so hard that it sponsored two issues of Just Resolutions in 2018: The February and the September issues. For a different perspective (from the employee and labor relations viewpoint) check out Caroline Adams’ interview with Jason Shelton, Employee Relations Specialist at Colorado University-Boulder: Ombuds Partners: An Interview with Employee & Labor Relations.


The March newsletter featured articles on key issues for mediators, including why mediators should listen more and judge less, how to apply the transformative mediation process in commercial cases, how to “pivot” to a negotiation of the dollars and terms that will be necessary to settle the case, and recent research into what the parties want and expect from mediators.


In the May newsletter members of the Arbitration Committee discussed novel approaches to dispute resolution, including EVALOA (Evaluation Followed by Last Offer), Guided Choice, Binding Mediation and the Superstorm Sandy Protocols. The final article in this issue addressed what can happen when dispute resolution processes become “novel” unexpectedly.


The chairs of the International committee discussed their vision for the committee. The June issue also include an update on the Section of Dispute Resolution’s International Resource Center project.

Early Dispute Resolution

The Early Dispute Resolution committee presented articles on why business leaders haven’t demanded immediate and efficient resolution from dispute lawyers, including how to promote early dispute resolution in civil cases and the challenges of expanding the collaborative world to civil practitioners. This issue also included an introduction to a rigorous 4-step early dispute resolution in 30 days or less and a discussion of what structured negotiation can offer the business attorney.

Women in Dispute Resolution

Members of the Women in Dispute Resolution committee contributed articles on a wide range of topics, including how to use neuroscience to understand stress and improve mediation and preparing reasoned awards in arbitration. Former WIDR committee chair Conna Weiner encouraged members to get the word out about the ABA’s Resolution 105 on diversity in the dispute resolution profession.

Join a Committee!

Dispute Resolution members can join any and all of our 18 practice-area committees.

To join, log in to your ABA account, click on your name in the upper right hand corner and choose MyABA. Under Memberships, click on "Manage Memberships." Under Section of Dispute Resolution, click on "Join/Leave Committees." Click "join" on the committees that peak your interest.

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, within 5 business days. Please note, joining a committee through MyABA is the only way to gain access to the ABA Connect community. You cannot join a community directly from ABA Connect.

For questions and assistance, email Zeina Hamade and

2019 Spring Conference in Minneapolis

You can get a sneak peak at the conference programs here. Registration will open in early January. 

Take a look at the Conference Sneak Peek

Be the first to know about spring conference events when you join the Spring Conference Countdown community. On this community we will also share key programming updates and announcement.

To join, click here. Once you’ve logged in, click on the blue “Join” button, and when prompted, choose “real time” in your email preferences. 

Mediation Series Webinar

Wednesday, December 12: What Impresses, Disturbs, Confuses and Confounds Our Clients in Mediation, moderated by Jerome Weiss.

Last Chance to register

Invitation to join a collaborative writing project

Section member, Andy Little, author of the ABA book, Making Money Talk, is embarking upon a collaborative writing project for which he is seeking a contribution from you.
His goal is to collect and edit stories from civil court mediators about lessons they have learned about mediation that were never covered in basic training. 

Please take a few moments to read Andy’s invitation and respond directly to him.

Ben Davis Honored by Arbitral Women

The Section of Dispute Resolution’s immediate past chair, Professor Ben Davis was this year’s recipient of the Champion for Change award presented at the ArbitralWomen Diversity Dividend Conference gala dinner on November 8, 2018, in New York city.

This award recognizes Ben's outstanding work in the area of equality and diversity in international arbitration. Ben's work in this important area has spanned decades beginning with his work for the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France in the 1980s through to his work in helping to create the Dispute Resolution's Minorities in Dispute Resolution Committee (MIDR). Ben is a constant voice for inclusion. His work in this area for the Section and for the practice of Dispute Resolution makes us all better. 

ArbitralWomen was founded in 1993 as an international, non-governmental organization to bring together women international dispute resolution practitioners. Its network is comprised of approximately 1,000 members from over 40 countries. We are so happy to congratulate Ben!

Program Specialist Job Announcement

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is currently seeking a Program Specialist to join Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (C-DRUM). The Program Specialist independently assists in the coordination of the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus mediation services and other C-DRUM training programs and initiatives. The Program Specialist also provides essential administrative support functions for the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (C-DRUM). This position is expected to function independently and as part of a team, exercise discretion to accomplish and improve programmatic objectives, and use judgment when functioning both inside and outside of pre-established guidelines or processes.

The job posting is open until Dec. 12, 2018.

For more details and the full job description.

Read the most recent issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine on Religion, Conflict, and Resolution.