December 31, 2017

December 2017 - On Membership

Registration for the Spring Conference is now open and each week the ABA staff is adding more information about the conference.

You can see hotel and travel information, registration rates, a tentative schedule at a glance, and more on the conference web site.

Look for the online conference program book to be posted in early January and the conference app should be available to all conference registrants as of March 1.

Save the Date

May 17-18, 2018
Miami, FL

Save the Date

Practice Development Institute
June 22-23
Chicago, IL

Registration for the law school Representation in Mediation Competition is now open. The registration deadline is January 25, 2018. There are a limited number of competition slots for teams wanting to compete this year so be sure to submit your registration form as soon as possible.

For the registration form, competition rules, and regional and national location information, view the Representation in Mediation Competition web site.

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center has just launched the annual publication ABA TECHREPORT.

This free resource covers the latest trends in legal technology written by LTRC experts. Specific topics include: security, practice management, solo and small firm, litigation, and more. Find the TECHREPORT here.

Just Resolutions E-Newsletter

You are reading the Just Resolutions E-Newsletter right now. The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution publishes this newsletter on the third Wednesday of the month 11 time a year (every month except for April). Committees of the Section of Dispute Resolution plan and write the articles for most issues of the Just Resolutions E-Newsletter. For more information on how to submit an article to Just Resolutions E-Newsletter, see the submission guidelines.

Section members have access to the Just Resolutions e-newsletter archive.

Dispute Resolution Magazine

Dispute Resolution Magazine is the premier magazine devoted exclusively to dispute resolution. Each issue includes cover stories on the theme, additional articles and features, ADR case summaries, a letter from the Section Chair, and news from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. Dispute Resolution Magazine is distributed to all ABA Section of Dispute Resolution members in the United States and abroad, and to individual subscribers and libraries. Both online and print copies are available to members and subscribers.

To adjust your communication preferences to receive a digital or print copy of the magazine (or both) go to MyABA on the ABA web site, log in, and then view your communication preferences.

For information on how to submit an article to the Dispute Resolution Magazine editorial board, view the author guidelines.

Section members have access to all past issues of Dispute Resolution Magazine in the archive.


The ABA Section of Dispute publishes books relevant to our members, the dispute resolution field, and the legal profession. The Section’s Publications Board oversees the development of book concepts. If you are interested in publishing a book, view the ABA Publishing Proposal Form.

For a summary of current books, see the Publications section below.

Copyright 2015© by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

The materials contained herein represent the opinions of the authors and editors and should not be construed to be those of either the American Bar Association or Section of Dispute Resolution unless adopted pursuant to the bylaws of the Association. Nothing contained herein is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice for specific cases, and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice from their own legal counsel. These materials and any forms and agreements herein are intended for educational and informational purposes only.

We are all pulled in a multitude of directions. It is as true in regards to our memberships and volunteer activities as it is at home and at work. What organizations we belong to says a lot about our interests and aspirations; and active engagement with those organizations can help us expand our level of success and impact.

Joining the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution connects you to a wide range of dispute resolution professionals, including neutrals, lawyers, academics, trainers, leaders from roster organizations, representatives of the Courts and business, among others. Our members are distributed across the country and the world, providing a multiplicity of perspectives, and opportunities for learning and professional development. The Section encourages members to share with others, and in so doing helps the profession to improve and evolve. It allows members to make connections and have a voice. 

So, what can we do to make the most of our membership? First, join the committees that interest you by going to their individual pages on the ABA website and click on “join committee.” As a committee member, you will start to receive emails about events and activities sponsored by that committee. Once you see what kinds of activities the various committees engage in, you will be able to identify potential avenues for networking, learning, contribution and visibility. You will be able to do more and get more by being on a committee. Unlike state and local associations, we are a large and geographically-distributed group. That gives us scope and strength, and gives you an opportunity to network, learn from and influence more widely. But you can also choose to focus your energies in a more local way.

New to the field? Members of our Section represent many of the most accomplished professionals in the field. Who better to learn from? Our committees, periodicals and educational programs give you opportunities to contribute to the conversation and thus improve your visibility. How better to build your business or reputation? And all the while, you are making connections that broaden your understanding and support your professional development. 

More seasoned? The scope of our Section gives you a chance to give back, as you share, learn and influence. And even those with a great deal of experience will continue to learn as part of this multifaceted community supporting dispute resolution. 

Regardless of experience level, we all benefit from being part of a community of likeminded professionals. Our Section is a great place to not only share ideas, resources and opportunities but also to make friends. Being able to pick the brains of others and bounce around ideas supports not only the individuals but also the growth of the profession. 

As with anything in life, what you get out of your membership is directly related to your level of engagement. Remember there is no right way to do it, just choose what works best for you. Where to start? By no means exhaustive, consider writing for a committee newsletter, connect with the Reflective Practice Group initiative of the Mediation Committee, attend the next institute, register for a webinar, attend the Spring Conference, resolve to meet Section members in your hometown, or connect with the Section on social media and start sharing your voice.

We also encourage you to reach out to us, to Section staff, and to the committee chairs to discuss ways that you can be more involved. You can reach Richard at and Anna at Section staff can be reached at 202-662-1680 or you can directly contact associate director of the DR Section, Gina Viola Brown, at or 202-212-9314. If you want to directly contact the chair of a specific committee, the committee chair names and e-mail addresses are listed on each committee web site.

Richard Lord
Chair, Membership Committee

Anna Rappaport
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Have you scrolled through the Section of Dispute Resolution’s Resources page recently?

Here are just a few Highlights:

See the Resources page for even more resources to help your practice, teaching, and research.

By Miriam Nisbet 

Looking for a group that would love to have you? Join a committee! The Section has dozen committees across a broad range of practice areas and they all depend upon volunteers. Being a committee member puts you in direct contact with colleagues (and would-be colleagues) who care about how the Section works and the many programs it provides, not just at the annual Spring Conference, but throughout the year. Committee members have their fingers on the pulse of emerging issues and are the go-to people for outreach to other parts of the ABA and to other organizations relevant to dispute resolution. In short, committees are the backbone of the Section.

As the new chair of the Section’s Committee on Committees, I’ve had more than a few questions about what the Committee on Committees does. We’re tasked by the Council of the Section of Dispute Resolution with being in touch with the various groups to see how they’re doing, what they need from the Section leadership and the ABA staff, and whether there are ways we can work together better. Members may see the need for a new committee, or propose that two committees merge, or suggest that a committee is no longer needed. Those questions come to the Committee on Committees so that we can talk with everyone involved and help provide the Council with a good picture of what the changes could mean.

Regardless of what committees you choose to join, you’ll be warmly welcomed!

All members of the Section of Dispute resolution have access to the digital versions of Dispute Resolution Magazine. If you have not already read the Fall 2017 issue on Dispute Resolution in the US and Europe, catch up on this issue now.

The On Professional Practice feature in the fall issue addressed the question of whether and how the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators should be revised.

Get Involved as a Leader of the Section of Dispute Resolution

By Linda Warren Seely
Director, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

Have you always wanted to be more involved in the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution but just didn’t know how? Well, it’s no secret! You can be involved and here’s how:

Each year the Section of Dispute Resolution issues a request for applicants from section members who are interested in taking on a leadership role with one of the Section Committees, as a member of the Section Council, or as an Officer of the Section, for the following bar year (the ABA bar year runs from September 1 through August 30th). Read More