Just Resolutions November 2020 - Court ADR Committee


Court ADR Committee Mission Statement

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 Co-Chairs

Once the pandemic hit, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Court ADR Committee became an essential meeting place for many of us that oversee and engage with court-annexed dispute resolution programs. We were able to connect with one another during our sudden transition to remote services, and to share various resources regarding video conferencing platforms, and other pressing issues. Since those early days of the pandemic, our Committee has come together to develop a model evaluation to assess remote mediation services and to develop a set of standards and best practices for remote mediation training. 

Featured Articles

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Leveraging Technology to Support Access to Justice and Educational Opportunities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Appellate Mediation Program transitioned from traditional “in person” to remote mediation to provide socially distanced dispute resolution. This evolution required new measures to empower parties in the virtual environment and presented enhanced opportunities for education and outreach in the field.

2020 Boskey Essay Competition Winner

The winner of the 2020 Boskey Essay Competition is Olivia Stitz from Arizona State University. Read her winning essay, Casting a Wide Net Over Consent.

2021 Spring Conference Save the Date: April 14 – 17, 2021

We are inviting proposals for education programs in a variety of formats. Review the proposal submission guidelines and submit your proposal by November 30, 2020. The theme of the 2021 Spring Conference is Agility, Disruption, and Reinvention: ADR in a New World. We are facing many extreme challenges, including a deadly global pandemic requiring seismic shifts in our personal and professional lives. We have witnessed recorded and publicized incidents of police killing black people and heightened awareness and denial of racial bias and injustice.

Submit a Proposal by November 30th

We also have witnessed non-violent and violent confrontations, all in a highly contentious political environment. The 2021 conference will examine how these and other recent events have disrupted the field of dispute resolution, how the field has adapted, and what additional reinvention may be necessary or beneficial.


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. 


Member Benefit Webinar: Dispositive Motion Practice in Arbitration: The Tide is Rising

Parties in arbitration proceedings are increasingly requesting and filing dispositive motions, thus arbitrators are increasingly being presented with dispositive motions in the proceedings over which they are presiding. With that, it has never been more important for arbitrators to be well versed in the objectives, applicable rules, procedures, and best practices relating to dispositive motions.

December 2 at 1 PM EST

This webinar is free for ABA Section of Members. This program has not been accredited for MCLE.


Hot Topic Webinar: Constructive Community Conversations: Racism, Police Reform and the Role of Attorneys

This webinar is designed to facilitate constructive conversations around the roles of all community members in matters concerning racism, policing, and the law, to explore how we can all contribute to the solutions.

Dec 15, 2020 at 1-2:30 pm EST

Join our diverse panel of subject-matter experts and thought leaders in an interactive panel talk and breakout sessions, as we address important issues challenging our communities.

CLE Webinar: Best Practices for a Tri-Partite Arbitration Panel [CC]

Tri-Partite Arbitration Panels have become more common as the size of arbitration claims continues to increase necessitating, either by specific ADR Provider Rules or language in an arbitration clause, the use of three arbitrators to resolve disputes. This program explores best practices for arbitrators working together as part of a Tri-Partite Arbitration Panel.

December 16 at 1 PM EST

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution members can register for this CLE webinar for $25.00


Member Holiday Party hosted by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

Activities include a brief plenary with speakers, break-out rooms with a chance to talk with other dispute neutrals about issues related to the profession and networking opportunities, fun rooms featuring tastings, music, and costumes and a chance to relax, meet with other members, and mix and mingle while enjoying your favorite beverage and holiday snack.

Save the Date for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution for the first ever Holiday Party on Thursday, December 17 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm ET

Registration will open soon.