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October 08, 2020

Section News

Section News

Section News

Myra C. Selby is the new Section Chair

At the close of the annual Section of Dispute Resolution Membership Meeting on August 1, 2020, Joan Stearns Johnsen passed the Chair gavel to Myra Selby, a partner at Ice Miller in Indianapolis. Selby, a former associate justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, has a broad-based practice with a focus in the areas of corporate internal investigations, appellate practice, compliance counseling, complex litigation, risk management, and strategic and other legal advice. She serves in the role of advisor for large institutional clients as well as individuals and is an experienced commercial mediator and arbitrator.

She has served in many roles in the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, including Chair of the Court ADR Committee and Chair of the Committee on Committees, which addresses governance and committee scope, as well as taking a leadership role on the Resolution 105 task force.

Celebrate Ombuds Day on October 8

The Section’s Ombuds Committee invites you to the third annual recognition of a profession that has existed for centuries yet remains relatively unknown: the ombuds. For updates and information on Ombuds Day events, please go to or follow @OmbudsDay on Twitter. 

Mediation Week Starts October 19

The Mediation Committee is preparing programming for this year's Mediation Week, from October 19 through 23, which will be organized around the theme “Access to Justice – The Role of Mediation.” The committee is compiling ideas for programs and articles to discuss how courts, nongovernmental organizations, law schools, and the private sector are addressing this need and what more can be done. The programs will be presented in a variety of virtual formats, including webinars, TED-style prerecorded videos, and written articles. Look for more on the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution website in October.

Discussion Aims to Help Law Students ‘Pivot’

The Section of Dispute Resolution will provide an open discussion for law students about “pivoting,” preparing for and executing professional changes and transitions. The virtual event, scheduled for September 23, will feature a panel of successful “pivoters” who will talk about how they overcame challenges and navigated personal and career transitions.

Elder Abuse and Neglect Screening Tool Available

A Section task force has developed guidelines to assist mediators in screening for elder abuse and neglect. The Task Force consulted screening tools for elder abuse and neglect used by other professions, including health care, social work, and eldercare to guide their process. The purpose of the Elder Abuse Screening Tool is to provide resources that improve awareness and inform determination of the appropriateness of elder mediation. Visit the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Resources page to see the tool and guidelines.

2020 Boskey Essay Competition Winner Announced

The Section of Dispute Resolution congratulates Olivia Stitz of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the winner of the 2020 Boskey Essay Competition. Stitz was recognized during the Dispute Resolution Tech Expo on Monday, September 14. Her essay, titled “Casting a Wide Net Over Consent,” can be found on the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution website.

Ethical Guidance Committee Taking Requests

The Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance, which issues advisory opinions regarding mediation ethics issues, is open to receiving requests from all sectors of the dispute resolution community, including mediators, mediation programs, and participants in mediations. Requests to the committee, which applies the ABA/AAA/ACR Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005), can be submitted through the American Bar Section of Dispute Resolution website or directly to Section Director Linda Warren Seely at [email protected].

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