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Just Resolutions December 2021 - Court ADR Committee

 

Court ADR Committee Mission

The mission of the Court ADR Committee is to develop programs and raise awareness about ADR in the state and federal courts and to provide connections across the ADR field. The Committee convenes members and experts during the DR Spring Conference Court Symposium.

Message from the Court ADR Committee Chairs

In 2021, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Court ADR Committee embraced pandemic-instigated opportunities for advancement of court-annexed dispute resolution. The Court ADR Committee continued to be an essential meeting place for many of us that oversee and engage with court-annexed dispute resolution programs. We connect with one another in monthly meetings, addressing important topics facing court ADR across the country and beyond: video conference mediation protocols and platforms, diversity, and metrics to evaluate court ADR program quality. In 2021, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Court ADR Committee embraced pandemic-instigated opportunities for advancement of court-annexed dispute resolution.

The Court ADR Committee continued to be an essential meeting place for many of us that oversee and engage with court-annexed dispute resolution programs. We connect with one another in monthly meetings, addressing important topics facing court ADR across the country and beyond: video conference mediation protocols and platforms, diversity, and metrics to evaluate court ADR program quality.

Featured Articles

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York

.In March 2021, the U.S. Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York launched the Trial Ready Rapid Mediation Pilot, (“The Pilot”) which offers expedited mediation services for trial ready civil cases that were delayed due to the pandemic. This initiative was developed by the ADR Department with the guidance and support of the Court’s leadership team including Chief Judge Margo Brodie, Chief Deputy Brenna Mahoney, and ADR Oversight Judge Robert M. Levy.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Protecting Against Unauthorized Participation and Recording

From the infamous “zoom bomber” to situations where a party’s relative slips into the room during a zoom mediation session or appears unexpectedly at an in-person mediation, unauthorized attendance is a significant concern for mediation programs. In addition, there is a real risk of any participant recording the mediation thanks to smart phones, small recording devices, and other technology. The suggestions posited herein may help mitigate such risks.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Appreciation for Doug Van Epps

Doug left the Michigan State Court Administrative Office in May 2021. He has been one of the outstanding shining lights of ADR in Michigan for over thirty years. He had been Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution for the Michigan Supreme Court since 1989. As Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution, he oversaw the development, implementation, and evaluation of ADR efforts in Michigan's trial courts and administered Michigan's Community Dispute Resolution Program.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

ODR in the DC Courts

The Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division in DC is approaching 20 months of providing mediation services and party intakes exclusively online. During this time, we revamped our normal operating procedures, structured our processes to provide guidance and technical support necessary for parties to negotiate online. We trained 100’s of mediators on using the Zoom platform and offered numerous coaching sessions and provided staff support before, during and after mediation.

2022 Spring Conference - April 27-30, 2022

The 2022 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference will be held in Los Angeles, CA from April 27-30 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites.

Registration is now open!

It is a collaborative effort with the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division embracing the theme: Where Do We Grow from Here? New Directions and Rejuvenation.

Hotel block is now open for reservations! 

Save the Date - June 1 - 3, 2022

This two-day comprehensive training in advanced arbitration skills will be presented by nationally recognized experts. It will feature sessions on every stage of the arbitration process examined from the vantage point of neutrals, advocates, and in-house counsel.

2022 Arbitration Institute

 

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

  • Plenary sessions will be coupled with small group break-out discussions to enhance learning and interaction with faculty and colleagues.
  • This year’s program will be preceded by a half-day arbitration practice development and networking program.  

Introducing ABA Communities!

On Monday, December 6th, our new member communication platform, ABA Communities launched. This new platform replaces ABA Connect which is no longer active and all members interested in communicating with their committees via the new platform must enroll.

How to Enroll

To enroll:

We suggest switching to ‘instant’ which will send you messages in real time.

Questions? Contact the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221 or at [email protected].

Section Events Spotlight

Last month we held the 18th iteration of one of our preeminent events, the Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute. This year was the first we made it entirely virtual, and we had a record number of registrants!

On-Demand Programming

If you missed it live, don’t worry – we recorded each of the plenaries and will make them available for purchase in our webstore soon.

Here’s what some of our attendees had to say about the event:

  • “Fantastic panels. Really interesting content and useful to put into practice.”
  • “Ease of access and ability to engage and connect with so many. High quality platform and delivery of various programs. Great speakers!”