Just Resolution December 2020 - Practice Development Committee


Practice Development Committee Mission

The ADR Practice Management, Business and Skills Development committee helps our Section members become more successful in their ADR practices. We are a resource and a disseminator of information about marketing, business development, and office technology for ADR professionals.

Message from the Committee Chair

The ADR Practice Management, Business, and Skills Development Committee is honored to sponsor the December 2020 edition of Just Resolutions. 

Early in the year, the coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench into courts' gears across the nation. The spread of COVID-19 led the State and Federal courts throughout the country to stop holding jury trials. There have been unprecedented delays in trial dates, and cases that opted for Alternative Dispute Resolution formats were put on hold. The pandemic and resulting social distancing measures continue to take a toll on the country's economy.

The pandemic motivated parties to embrace technology as an alternative way to move their cases along.  I want to think that online platforms, such as Zoom, BlueJeans, and others, encouraged litigants to consider a new spirit of cooperation.

Section Holiday Party is December 17th!

Join the Section of Dispute Resolution for its first ever virtual Holiday Party. There will be prizes, networking via break-out rooms, and fun rooms featuring tastings, music, and costumes. Non-members are welcome too – come see what the Section is all about! Grab your favorite beverage and brighten your holiday season by mixing and mingling with us.

Featured Articles

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Conflict Resolution and Healing when the Non-Negotiable is at stake - An interview with Daniel L. Shapiro

Daniel L. Shapiro is one of the world’s renowned thinkers on dispute resolution. He consults for governments, works with businesses, advised hostage negotiators and families in dispute, and launched successful conflict resolution initiatives in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia. In his last book, ‘Negotiating the Nonnegotiable’, Shapiro takes on an even harder challenge, looking at the most intractable, emotionally charged conflicts. He formulates practical tools to help resolve such conflicts, and perhaps even work towards healing the relationship.

American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellows Program Roundtable

Mentorship and networking are crucial ways to ensure diverse members of any workforce get the proper tools to succeed. Join us as we highlight one such effort to create these opportunities in the dispute resolution field: the AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program.

January 6th at 1 PM EST

Learn how you could benefit from this program or bring its inclusion efforts to your own workplace.

From Life Sciences to Cannabis Disputes: Is ADR the Best Option?

We examine the increasing use of ADR in Life Sciences sector both domestically and internationally with a spotlight on whether the Cannabis sector is following suit. Attractions: confidentiality, arbitrators with technical experience, tailored arbitration clauses and greater enforceability of arbitral awards internationally. Strategies are needed to ensure ADR offers benefits over litigation.

January 21 at 1 PM EST

This panel will discuss ADR use in the life sciences sector with a spotlight on the cannabis sector.  

2020-2021 Representation in Mediation Competition

The Representation in Mediation Competition introduces law student participants to the challenges of representing clients in mediation. All Representation in Mediation Competition events for 2020-21 will be held remotely. Reserve your team’s spot today. All teams must register by January 18, 2021. Most regionals will be scheduled between February 25th and March 8th.

Registration for the 2020-2021 Representation in Mediation Competition is open.

The National Finals will be April 9-10, 2021.

Visit the competition web site for more information, including the updated Rules and registration information. 


Save the Date - April 14 – 17, 2021

The 2021 Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Spring Conference will continue our tradition of excellent and innovative educational programs along with social and networking events.

Los Angeles and Online

The 2021 Conference will be a hybrid model with in-person programs and events in Los Angeles, CA as well as robust virtual options. All in-person events will follow local and CDC public health guidelines and regulations.