December 18, 2019

December 2019 - Year in Review


The Young Professionals Committee produced our February issue which focused on diversity in the ADR field. Articles address efforts to broaden diversity in arbitration, discussion of the commercial demand for diversity in ADR,  inclusion for LGBTQ+ and disabled individuals, and making the most out of your bar membership.


The March issue delves into the theme of “New Frontiers in Mediation,” produced by the Mediation Committee. Read about a mediator credentialing initiative, California’s newest approach to mediation confidentiality and attorney malpractice, and deconstructing modern mediation practice. Also check out an interview with Michael Lang, author of The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution. 


The Collaborative Law Committee focuses on new and creative thinking among collaborative practitioners in our July issue. Articles include collaborating with listening in mind, using collaborative techniques when drafting partnership and prenuptial contracts, and a detailed look at advocacy in collaborative Practice.

Check out more of our 2019 issues in our Just Resolutions archives.

Dispute Resolution Magazine issues in 2019

Published in February 2019

The #MeToo issue centered around the role of ADR in the Me Too era.

Family Matters
Published in May 2019

The Family Matters issue of the magazine focused on family mediation including best practices, new services, and success stories.

The New York Convention
Published in August 2019

The New York Convention issue celebrates sixty years of the New York Convention and offers a primer for arbitrators and advocates.

Resolutions Podcast

An exciting highlight of 2019 was the release of our new podcast, Resolutions: A Podcast About Dispute Resolution and Prevention. Episodes have included topics on high-profile and high-conflict divorce, online dispute resolution, drafting pre-mediation statements, and cybersecurity in arbitration. Visit to view the podcast archives and subscribe.

Member Benefit Webinars

Free webinar recordings available to members of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

Available topics include arbitrator disclosure, health and elder law, and current developments in online dispute resolution. Please note that member benefit webinars are not accredited for CLE. 


Negotiation Institute

The Dispute Resolution Section partnered with the Labor and Employment Law Section and hosted the 2019 Negotiation Institute during the LEL ADR committee’s annual meeting in San Diego. The keynote presentation on Negotiator Styles & Stages was given by Charles Craver. Other presentation included a Plaintiff’s Attorneys panel, a Management Attorneys panel, and a Mediator panel that followed a mock sex discrimination negotiation. The 1-day institute concluded with an ethics lecture by Jean Sternlight.


Arbitration Institute Gallery

Arbitration Institute Gallery

Arbitration Institute

The sold-out Arbitration Institute in May 2019 was held in Philadelphia at the Pepper Hamilton, LLC law offices. The two-day institute included sessions on building an arbitration practice, managing hearings, and arbitration ethics. On the second day, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a lunch time presentation on the Supreme Court and Arbitration with two leading Supreme Court practitioners which was recorded and the audio made available on our podcast.  

Mediation Insititute Gallery

Mediation Insititute Gallery

Mediation Institute

The South Texas College of Law in Houston hosted our Mediation Institute on November 15th and 16th. Plenary sessions included, among many others, Mediator Techniques and Emotions, Negotiating/Mediating Effectively AND Ethically, The Rise of International Mediation: the Singapore Convention, and Mediation Jeopardy: Is Everything You Thought You Knew Correct? We closed the institute with the important Mediation Marketing Plenary. 

Upcoming Webinars

Excellence in Mediation Is Not an Accident: Benefits of a Reflective Practice Group
January 8 at 1 PM EST

Join our presenters as they discuss how you learn from experience, how being in a reflective practice group improves competence, and how you can get started with a reflective practice group.

Equine Law: Liability, Contracts, and Risk Management for Lawyers
Tuesday, January 14 at 1 PM EST

Whether you already include equine law within your law practice or are looking to increase this area of your practice, you won't want to miss this course. Our panel will explore the most common legal issues encountered in the horse industry involving liability and contracts as well as details for lawyers handling these matters.

Spring Conference in New Orleans

New Orleans Sheraton
April 22 – 25, 2020

Join dispute resolution experts from all over the globe at the 2020 Spring Conference in New Orleans. Registration is now open.

The 2020 Spring Conference presents an excellent opportunity to share and learn innovative tools and techniques for successful conflict resolution and prevention. The conference theme - Innovation, Improvisation, and Inspiration - will explore the new techniques, technologies, and methodologies that are being developed and used by dispute resolution advocates, neutrals, and legal educators.

The deadline to make a hotel reservation is March 30th, however we advise attendees to make reservations as soon as possible because the New Orleans Jazz Fest overlaps with the conference. View Conference Hotel and Travel Information.

We encourage you to consider any level of sponsorship that you, your organization, and/or your friends would be interested in for the 22nd Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference. Use this opportunity to promote yourself or your organization to a group of interested dispute resolution professionals.

2020 Spring Conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising Opportunities

Representation in Mediation Competition

Law schools that wish to participate in the 2019-2020 Representation in Mediation Competition must register by January 17. Read the detailed information posted on the Competition web page and follow the steps to register teams.

13th Annual Arbitration Institute

March 9-10, 2020
Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law
Phoenix, AZ

This two-day interactive course provides a thorough look at the entire arbitration process from the perspective of all participants - arbitrators, in-house counsel and advocates. Jammed with useable information as well as opportunities to interact with leading arbitrators and advocates. Featuring talks by a federal judge on what he looks for when reviewing an Award and from AAA counsel on how arbitrators get into trouble.

For more information and to register.

Other Dispute Resolution Events

Advanced Patent and Technology Mediation and Arbitration Course
February 11-12, 2020
Stanford, CA

Job Announcement

The Maryland Judiciary is seeking a Program Director for the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)