March 1, 2010

Tipping the Scales of Justice: The Rise of ADR

By John M. Barkett

To anyone who has been doing trial work for more than thirty years, the ascent of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes—especially mediation—is unsurprising; litigation is costly. Combine high cost and high risk, and reasonable litigants are finding alternatives to trial, tip- ping the scales of justice in favor of mediation, arbitration, and hybrid forms of ADR processes.

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