Public Policy, Consensus Building and Democracy Committee

The purpose of the Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy committee is to provide a common venue for those interested in public policy, consensus building, and democracy as these relate to dispute resolution. This builds upon traditional public policy dispute resolution by including constructive dialogue, consensus building practices, and democratic governance. It emphasizes the capacity of dispute resolution practice and theory to foster integrative solutions to public policy disputes in particular cases, and more broadly to deliberative democracy, collaborative governance, and the rule of law.

An Introduction from the Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy Committee

The Dispute Resolution Section’s Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy Committee welcomes you to the June issue of Just Resolutions E-News. Our theme is Public Disputes and Problem Solving. As Co-Chairs of this Committee we acknowledge, with gratitude, the authors of each of the articles that follow. A number of articles stand alone while others are paired to provide dual perspectives on a topic. Together, they offer a range and depth of experience, thoughtful insights, and innovative practices that are especially timely given the challenges facing our communities. 

In this present issue, we believe that each article, in its own way, is in service to ABA 2011 Resolution 108 that provides a call to action urging “all lawyers, ABA member entities, other bar associations, and government officials and employees to take meaningful steps to enhance the constructive role of lawyers in promoting a more civil public discourse and a more deliberative American democracy.” 

It is important to explain that the articles in this issue were solicited and written before the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, and before the outrage and protests that have followed. However it may be that the public disputes and problem solving themes and tools discussed in this issue will find application as municipalities and others address issues such as police department hiring practices, rules for police use of force, and the re-visioning and re-organization of local policing and law enforcement.  

The purpose of the Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy committee is to provide a common venue for those interested in public policy, consensus building, and democracy as these relate to dispute resolution. This builds upon traditional public policy dispute resolution by including constructive dialogue, consensus building practices, and democratic governance. It emphasizes the capacity of dispute resolution practice and theory to foster integrative solutions to public policy disputes in particular cases, and more broadly to deliberative democracy, collaborative governance, and the rule of law. We always, and especially at this time, welcome new committee members,

Jessie Lawrence, Committee Co-Chair: jessie@lawrenceadr.com
Terry Amsler, Committee Co-Chair: tlamsler@indiana.edu

Featured Articles

Dispute Resolution Magazine

The April/May 2020 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine on the topic of Innovation and Technology is now available. Access the digital version of the Innovation and Technology issue as well as the Dispute Resolution Magazine archives with digital version of all past issues Dispute Resolution Magazine.

Online Resources for Dispute Resolution Professionals

We have pulled together resources to help you practice online and virtually. See our new Online Practice Tools web site.

Tell Us What You Need

Has the pandemic changed your practice and prompted you to identify areas where you need to strengthen your practice? If there are resources you need, contact associate director Gina Viola Brown at gina.brown@americanbar.org or 202-212-9314.

Breaking through the Divide: Illustrations of Work Addressing Community Division

This session will feature community leaders who are working to address systemic divisions tear at the fabric of their communities. Facilitated by Ohio State's Divided Community Project, participants will engage with ideas for addressing community division and underlying causes in their own communities.

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Addressing Emotions from COVID-19, Racial Inequity, and Civil Unrest: Chronic Stress, Leadership, and Loneliness

Addressing Emotions from COVID-19, Racial Inequity, and Civil Unrest: Chronic Stress, Leadership, and Loneliness  
June 18
1 PM EST

COVID-19, racial injustice, and civil unrest are causing pain, anxiety, strong emotions, loneliness and chronic stress. This program will draw on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research to provide you actionable takeaways and help you improve your well-being and the practice of dispute resolution.

Note this program is not accredited for CLE.
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Mask Off: Race, Relations, and Revelations 
June 19
1 PM EST

June 19th (JUNETEENTH), also known as Freedom Day in the African American community is a commemoration of the ending of slavery... the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865. This informative webinar is designed to facilitate a celebration of the ties that bind us as a nation, but also to enable candid conversations and inspire actions that we can all employ towards an inclusive society.

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Join us on June 30 at 12PM EST for The Imperative of Conflict Prevention: How Does This Change Your Practice Townhall Meeting

Join corporate leaders, litigators, transaction lawyers, and neutrals to discuss the ways in which commercial practice is evolving in response to the needs of corporate clients, the broader implementation of prevention, and help identify ways in which you can help to lead rather than follow a trend that is emerging throughout the world.