January 31, 2020

Just Resolutions January 2020 - Overview of the 2020 Spring Conference

The Spring Conference Planning Committee is delighted to invite you to the 22nd Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 22–25, 2020!

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On Innovation, Improvisation, and Inspiration

By Joan Stearns Johnsen, Section Chair

Welcome to our first ever Spring Conference Edition of Just Resolutions. There is much to do in New Orleans, and this edition shares with you many ideas and suggestions from members of our Host Committee as well as from ABA President, Judy Perry Martinez. Within this edition, you will also find an article and a link to Loyola of New Orleans Professor Imre Szalai’s wonderful video of the history of dispute resolution in New Orleans. Since this year’s Conference will be held during Jazz Fest, we hope you will also take some time to enjoy some of the special festivities. We also hope that you will make your hotel reservations early. Jazz Fest is a very popular and busy time in New Orleans. We have a block of rooms at our special conference rate.

Read more about Innovation, Improvisation, and Inspiration

Online Conference Program Now Available

Just in time for this newsletter, the conference planning committee has made a draft of the conference program available. Access the draft conference program for an early look at the substantive programs and expert presenters.

A Historical Perspective on ADR and New Orleans

The ADR Krewe by the Neutral Ground in the Big Easy
By Imre Stephen Szalai

Bonjour, y’all! Who dat! I am grateful and excited that the 2020 Annual Spring Conference will be held in the Big Easy, my birthplace and hometown. With the sounds of sublime jazz, a gumbo of rich, spicy foods representing the mixing of many cultures, the boisterous, imaginative Mardi Gras krewes, the City’s rebirth following the big flood, and in so many other ways, New Orleans embodies the theme of our annual conference, Innovation, Improvisation, and Inspiration. 

Read the full article
View Imre Szalai’s presentation on YouTube 

Perspectives on New Orleans: A Local Look

Members of the Spring Conference Host Committee shared with us their local perspectives on New Orleans. Read their unique takes on New Orleans, food, music, culture, and learning opportunities.

The DR Section Spring Conference: Unforgettable Experiences, Learning Opportunities, and Lifelong Connections

Our newsletter editors reached out to several regular conference attendees to learn why they attend the spring conference every year. Learn about why the ABA DR Section spring conference is a must-attend event for these professionals.

New Orleans Restaurants and Activities Guide from Judge Karen Roby

Judge Karen Roby provided an extensive list of suggested restaurants and unique New Orleans activities.

Become a Leader of the Section of Dispute Resolution

The Section of Dispute Resolution is seeking applications 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 Bar Association year 2020 to 2021 that begins in August 2020.

For more information about leadership positions and to submit your interest.

Indications of interest are due by April 1, 2020.

For more information about Section Leadership Opportunities, e-mail Linda Warren Seely at linda.seely@americanbar.org.

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.

Mid-Year Meeting in Austin, TX

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution leadership council will meet on Saturday, February 15th in Austin, TX during the ABA Midyear meeting.

Resolutions Podcast is now on Spotify!

In the newest episode, Dana Welch, co-chair of the Arbitration Training Institute, talks about who should attend the event and what types of programs will be offered.

Upcoming Webinars

Advocates Perspective: Seemingly Innocuous Procedural Orders in Arbitration
Febrary 19

Arbitrators are charged with controlling the process efficiently and fairly. They must balance unduly burdening the parties while providing a full and fair opportunity to be heard. Although many if not all arbitrators have at some time been arbitration advocates, these former advocates may as arbitrators nevertheless issue orders that although well intentioned, fall far short of achieving the desired objective and in extreme cases create unintended problems.

This program is intended to provide the advocates perspective on some very common procedural orders in arbitration as seen from the other side of the table. 

Dispute Resolution in Health Care: What's Working?
March 4

Top-notch mediators and arbitrators will describe the cases they are seeing and what they have learned--the easy way or the hard way--about how to get them resolved.