June 26, 2019

June 2019- Intellectual Property

Message from the Co-Chairs

The Intellectual Property Committee has provided the articles for Just Resolutions this month. Theo Cheng writes about the advantages of using a neutral with industry experience in Providing for Neutrals with Industry, Legal, and Business Expertise. One of your co-chairs, Betty Morgan, writes about the basics of arbitration for those new to dispute resolution in Arbitration Basics and Strategic Considerations.

If you are interested in intellectual property we encourage you to join our committee.

Thanks for reading.

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Morgan and Merriann Panarella

Featured Articles

Providing for Neutrals with Industry, Legal, and Business Expertise
Theo Cheng

Imagine that you are the human resources manager at a record label and you have just received a copy of a federal court complaint filed by a recently terminated employee who is now claiming that her firing was discriminatory. The court has also automatically referred the case to mediation. Although there are any number of potential mediators with expertise in the employment field, you wonder whether someone with knowledge of the music industry might better understand the context of the employment situation. Read more

Arbitration Basics and Strategic Considerations
Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Morgan

Arbitration is widely heralded as more efficient and less expensive than litigation. However, as this paper will explore, that may not be the case unless care is taken to avoid certain pitfalls. Read more

17th Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute

South Texas College of Law Houston
Houston, TX
November 15-16, 2019

This two-day interactive institute features rare opportunities to learn from some of the leading mediators and advocates in North America. Each plenary session panel features an expert mediator, in-house counsel, and a skilled outside attorney, discussing each phase of the mediation process. Small group discussions led by experts in the field follow the plenary session panels. The opportunity for mediators and advocates to interact in small facilitated groups provides a unique environment to enhance your skill, knowledge and understanding of the mediation process.

2019-2020 Section Committee Nominations Report

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

Save the Date: Arbitration Institute 

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

New Orleans 2020

Save the Date for the Section of Dispute Resolution’s Spring Conference
New Orleans Sheraton
April 22 – 25, 2020

Join the Spring Conference Countdown community on ABA Connect. We will post conference updates to this community, including how to submit conference program proposals, as well as registration, program details, plenary presenter announcements, special events, and more. To receive updates from the Countdown Community you must join the Community. Follow this link (Join the Spring Conference Countdown Community) and then click on “Join Community” in the right-hand corner. 

ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

Registration for the 2019-2020 Representation in Mediation Competition for law students will open in the fall. The ABA is currently recruiting law schools to serve as regional hosts for the competition. The regionals will take place in February and March, 2020, and the national finals will be in New Orleans on April 22-23, 2020. Law schools that are interested in serving as regional hosts should contact Gina Brown at Gina.Brown@americanbar.org.

Family Matters, the Spring 2019 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine

Have you received your copy of the Spring 2019 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine? The magazine, available in digital and print formats, is free to members of the Section of Dispute Resolution. The articles in the Spring issue take stock of some of the new systems and services that are emerging to address the needs of today’s families.

We love to know what our members think about the articles in Dispute Resolution Magazine. Give us feedback on Dispute Resolution Magazine or let us know what you’d like to see us write about in upcoming issues. Send Us Feedback.

Upcoming CLE Webinar

Transformative Mediation - Theory and Practice

July 24, 2019

Dan Simon will explain the philosophy and methods used in Transformative Mediation that can maximize the value of the process and lead to settlements that parties feel genuinely good about. This method provides constant, consistent support for the parties’ process of communicating and decision-making. Party self-determination remains the focus in each moment of the mediation. Mediation research suggests that this approach leads to the best outcomes on all levels. For more information and to register.

New Task Force on Conflict Prevention Techniques

The Section is pleased to announce a new Task Force on Conflict Prevention Techniques formed by Joan Stearns Johnsen, the Section’s in-coming Chair. The Task-Force mission is to explore innovative ways to utilize conflict resolution skills. The Task Force will explore deal facilitation as well as standing neutrals as techniques for avoiding conflict in a commercial context. 

The Task-Force members are:

  • Richard Hall, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Noah Hanft, Mediator/Arbitrator, AcumenADR
  • Danny McFadden, CEDR Asia Pacific Ambassador
  • Scott S. Partridge, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Bayer US
  • Ellen Parker, Principal, Associate General Counsel, KPMG LLP
  • James Pike, Vice President, Law (Dispute Resolution), Fluor.