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May 29, 2024

Message from the Committee Chairs

The EDR Committee aims to expand the voluntary and informed practice, general knowledge, and scholarship of early dispute resolution methods that preserve party-autonomy in resolving conflicts in a time-efficient and cost-effective manner.

We appreciate the opportunity to sponsor May’s edition of Just Resolutions.

To kick things off, this edition spotlights the ABA’s House of Delegates unanimous adoption of Resolution 500 urging the increased use of informed and voluntary EDR. We would be remiss not to thank Ana Sambold, Chair of the Section of Dispute Resolution (“DRS”), past Chairs of the DRS Jim Alfini and David Larson, and DRS Director Jen Michel for providing important insight and support throughout the Resolution process.

We are also grateful to our featured authors for contributing their time and insights to this publication. Dan Cicala’s article shares his construction firm's 20-year case study of successful dispute prevention and EDR strategies. In her article, Tracy Moore-Grant makes the case to embrace EDR methods to better serve evolving preferences of divorcing couples. Finally, Shannon Lamb offers practical tips for incorporating EDR clauses into contracts.

We hope you find this edition of Just Resolutions informative and engaging.

Best regards,

Felicia Harris Hoss and Ellie Vilendrer, Co-Chairs

Committee Announcements

  • The EDR Committee and the Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Dispute Resolution Committee are jointly presenting a two-part webinar series. 
    • Part One: Risk Analysis: How can we even begin to negotiate, mediate, or commit to arbitrate without having first analyzed our risks and exposures? was presented on May 14, 2024.
    • Part Two: Mastering Early Mediation: Strategies for Success will be presented on June 4, 2024, at 1:00 pm ET.
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