October 04, 2017

ABA sponsors seventh annual national Mediation Week celebration, starting Oct. 16

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2017 — The American Bar Association’s annual Mediation Week celebration begins Oct. 16, and includes more than three dozen activities across the country.  Events this year stretch from Massachusetts to Washington state, in addition to one scheduled for Toronto.

Watch legendary lawyer Kenneth R. Feinberg discuss the role of mediation in the American justice system at a Mediation Week program in 2014. Said Feinberg: “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.”

In 2011, the ABA declared ABA Mediation Week to be held in October, in part building on the efforts of other national, state and local organizations that have traditionally celebrated conflict resolution during this month.

This year’s Mediation Week runs Oct. 16-21, but there are events scheduled nationally throughout October. The week celebrates the growing field of alternative dispute resolution and the recognition that not all cases in the justice system are well-suited for the adversarial process.

Mediation Week is sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. To see if there is a Mediation Week event registered with the ABA in your area click here.

Go to www.abalegalfactcheck.com for the ABA’s new feature that cites case and statutory law and other legal precedents to distinguish legal fact from fiction.

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