October 20, 2011

ABA Mediation Week

By Jill Gross

From the Chair of the Section of Dispute Resolution, Debbie Masucci:

Please join us in celebrating ABA Mediation Week October 16-22.  “Civility and Civil Public Discourse” is the theme.  This year Mediation Week is truly a global event. Through the efforts of our Mediation Committee over 25 events will be held.  The Mediation Committee also developed a toolkit that includes valuable resources that can be used to promote the use of mediation as well as enhance the quality of mediation practice.                      

I encourage all members to make a special effort this week to model the use of civility, non-disparagement, dialogue, problem solving, and other collaborative practices in your interactions and to utilize non-adversarial techniques to manage conflict effectively.

“Mediation Provides Meaningful Access to Justice,” Says ABA President Robinson

In recognition of Mediation Week ABA President Robinson states “Our justice system is made stronger by mediation and other voluntary collaborative dispute resolution processes that provide effective alternatives to litigation and court trials.” For the entire article Click Here.

The Department of Justice reaffirms its commitment to effective mediation, as well as to civility at all stages in legal disputes

In a letter sent to ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson, the Department of Justice recognizes the importance of Mediation Week and reaffirms it’s commitment to Mediation. The Attorney General established the Office of Dispute Resolution in 1995 to promote alternative dispute Resolution as a tool to “improve access to justice for all citizens and to lead to more effective resolution” of disputes involving the federal government. To read the letter Click Here

Just some of the of Mediation Week Events being held in 2011:

Washington, DC

Date: October 20, 2011

Location: American Bar Association

Date: Thursday, October 20, 20115:00 – 7:00 PM

Event: Reception with Remarks by Dr. Harold H. (Hal) Saunders,Veteran US Diplomat and director of international affairs at the Kettering Foundation

        Birmingham, AL
Date:  October 21, 2011
Location:  Jefferson County Courthouse
Event:  The Birmingham Bar Association ADR Section will host a breakfast meeting with Jefferson County judges and attorneys to unveil a Settlement Hearing Program in the Jefferson County Circuit Civil Courts which is to promote the judges’ use of settlement hearings for civil cases where parties meet with a mediator and then determine how to pursue mediation further.

Malibu, CA
Date:  October 18, 2011
Location: Pepperdine University School of Law
Event:  Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law will host a  lunch colloquium focusing on “Trends and Practices for Mediators: Reflections from the Past 20 Years”. This panel presentation will include a judge/mediator, a commercial mediator and also a dispute resolution faculty member.         

Denver, CO
Date:  October, 2011
Location: Colorado State Capitol
Event:  Colorado Bar Association with The Conflict Center (TCC), The Mediation Association of Colorado, and UBS- The Wilson Group are sponsoring the provision of Stewart Levine’s “Getting to Resolution” to each state legislator to promote community collaboration and public policy cooperation.                    

Wilmington, DE
Date:  October 17, 2011
Location: Delaware State Bar Building
Event: Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Delaware State Bar is hosting a CLE event attended by Delaware’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, as keynote speaker, many judges who will make up two discussion panels, one to discuss practical issues in mediation and the second to discuss ethical issues that may arise during mediation

For the Complete List of Events, Click Here

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