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WASHINGTON, April 10, 2017 — The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution will convene its 19th Annual Spring Conference from April 19-22 in San Francisco with more than 100 different programs covering a host of topics, including the importance of recognizing implicit bias and how technology is shaping the alternative dispute resolution field.
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2016 — The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution will convene its 18th Annual Spring Conference April 6-9 in New York with more than 100 different programs covering alternative dispute resolution issues related to the courts, legal education and a variety of other areas, in addition to presentation of the section’s highest honors.
CHICAGO, March 21, 2016 – New York lawyer Mark H. Alcott of New Rochelle, N.Y., has been appointed as the American Bar Association representative to the United Nations, where the ABA is a designated Consultant and Observer.
Two of the most important tasks for governmental agencies that intervene during rising police-community tensions are to manage public expectations and to plan for potential flashpoints, two front-line experts said as part of the American Bar Association’s annual Mediation Week celebration.
A growing opportunity for mediators is helping to resolve intramural disputes among “family” claimants, says Kenneth R. Feinberg, who has managed several high-profile victims’ compensation funds, including those related to the 2010 BP oil spill and September 11th. “There is a dispute among eligible victims as to who gets what. I found in 9/11, in BP, in Katrina retaining as the administrator of the program — retaining — 10, 20, 25 different mediators to help resolve intramural disputes among family members, among eligible claimants who are entitled to something. … The dispute is resolved with the defendant. … Now we are in argument of who gets what.”
Mediation has a role to play but will not replace litigation in the United States, says Kenneth R. Feinberg, who runs the victims’ fund for General Motors’ ignition switch recall. “One reason that these compensation programs that I administer, and one reason mediation is so credible in the United States is that we have a very unique alternative litigation system. And the litigation system in this country— time honored, we’ve had it for hundreds of years — just isn’t followed anywhere in the world.”