If you’re going to the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Spring Conference in Chicago next week (April 3-6), I’d like to invite you to a lunch discussion during the Court ADR Symposium on Wednesday. I’ll be facilitating the discussion, “Developing a Structure and Process to Set the Mediation Research Agenda,” which will explore the possibility of taking research about ADR in the court context to a new level through the creation of a national Court ADR Research Consortium. (The ABA requires lunch registration.)
In very broad terms, the consortium would define a research agenda, coordinate research based on that agenda, and develop recommendations for courts, along with help in implementing them. Of primary importance is obtaining the funding to make that happen.
On Thursday, RSI’s executive director, Susan Yates, will be on a panel that will be talking about the Dispute Resolution Section’s Mediator Ethical Guidance Committee. If you attend, you’ll find out what the committee does and how the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators guides it.