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How Court ADR is Faring Amidst Judicial Budget Cuts: A Snapshot

Jessica Glowinski, August 20th, 2012

RSI was recently asked to participate in an American Bar Association meeting about support for the courts during the recent economic downturn. In the past few years, court systems around the country have had their budgets cut, to the point where some are closing courthouses altogether. RSI Executive Director Susan Yates commented on the effect these cuts have had on support for court ADR programs. To prepare for the meeting, we did some research and reached out to ADR administrators to find out what’s happening in their programs. This handout discusses what we found.

Is your ADR program facing similar funding challenges? If so, what impact has it had on your services?

Nominate Just Court ADR for the ABA Blawg 100

Jessica Glowinski, August 15th, 2012

The American Bar Association is accepting nominations for its annual “Blawg 100” list, recognizing the top 100 legal blogs each year. Please take a moment to nominate Just Court ADR for this select group. The past few lists haven’t included any blogs dedicated to ADR, but we hope to change that this year. With your help, we can. Nominations are due by September 7. Thank you for your support.

RSI’s Top ADR Blawgs

We encourage the ABA to add ADR as a category on its Blawg 100 list. If it did, which blogs would be featured? Besides Just Court ADR, our vote goes to these three staff favorites: (more…)

New Report Shows US Federal Courts Embrace ADR

Jessica Glowinski, June 26th, 2012

The US Courts’ news service posted last week about a preliminary report by Donna Stienstra at the Federal Judicial Center that shows the extent to which federal courts use ADR. Thirty years after a handful of courts first began experimenting with ADR, every federal district court now authorizes some form of ADR, and a third of courts authorize multiple ADR processes. During the year ending June 30, 2011, more than 28,000 cases were referred to ADR in 49 district courts (out of 94 total district courts; statistics weren’t available for the remaining courts). (more…)

How Many Mediators Does It Take…

Jessica Glowinski, May 4th, 2012

As the saying goes, if you’re too busy to laugh, you’re too busy. So here’s a bit of Friday fun from guest blogger Jim Alfini, professor at South Texas College of Law and member of RSI’s Executive Committee. Jim has been sharing his ADR jokes with us for years, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. If you have any jokes to add to the list, please share!

Q: How many transformative mediators does it take to change a light bulb? (more…)

Shape the Future of

Jessica Glowinski, February 3rd, 2012

At RSI, we’ve been working on a project to redesign The site is four years old and its underlying structure needs to be updated. While we’re at it, we thought it would be a great opportunity to refresh the site design and make it even easier for visitors to find the information they need.

However, we can’t make a site work better for its audience without talking to members of that audience. So, I’m asking: what features would you like to see on the new What types of resources, covering which topics? (more…)