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Q&A Highlights Importance of RSI/UC Davis Research on Procedural Justice in ODR

Susan M. Yates, June 28th, 2021

The Pew Charitable Trusts has published a Q&A with Professor Donna Shestowsky of the UC Davis School of Law about the empirical study of online dispute resolution (ODR) that the law school and Resolution Systems Institute are conducting, which looks at court ODR programs in Michigan and Texas. The Q&A explores procedural justice, an integral element of the study.

RSI’s Director of Research, Jennifer Shack, and Professor Shestowsky are working with the Pew Charitable Trusts to evaluate online platforms that courts are using to assist parties in engaging in mediation and negotiation. RSI and UC Davis are one of three research teams involved in a larger project initiated by Pew to empirically study issues surrounding the provision of ODR by courts and its effects.

While these platforms could offer benefits, such as eliminating the need for some parties to appear in person for a trial, the study looks at possible drawbacks as well. In addition to procedural justice, the study also looks at other questions, such as whether ODR reduces the time and stress on parties and courts; affects case outcomes; and improves litigants’ use of court procedures and navigation of court rules.

For more on how courts are using ODR, visit RSI’s Special Topic on Online Dispute Resolution.

Farewell Nicole

Nicole Wilmet, June 22nd, 2021

It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce the departure of our Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet. Nicole has been with RSI for over four years managing RSI’s website and online Resource Center. We thank Nicole for all of her hard work and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

New Resources Added to RSI’s Resource Center

Nicole Wilmet, June 4th, 2021

Did you know that RSI’s Resource Center is the most comprehensive and respected source of information on court ADR anywhere? Housed within the Resource Center is the Research Library which has an extensive annotated collection of court ADR resources such as articles, studies, court rules, statutes and court forms.


As RSI’s Resource Center Director, each month I add new resources to the Research Library. The following list highlights a few of the resources that have recently been added.

I hope these resources are helpful to you in your work!

Welcome Kim!

Nicole Wilmet, June 3rd, 2021

RSI is delighted to welcome Kim Bernhard as its new Resource Center Intern for the summer. Kim will be working with RSI’s Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet this summer and will have the opportunity to learn about ADR and explore resources related to eviction and restorative justice. Kim joins RSI from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she is a rising second year student. We hope you will welcome us in joining her!

AAA-ICDR Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fund

Just Court ADR, May 3rd, 2021

The American Arbitration Association – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) has recently launched a Diversity Scholarship which grants diverse law students and professionals with up to $2,000 of financial assistance towards participation in a degree program or fellowship in alternative dispute resolution or attendance at a well-recognized conference. The mission of the Diversity Scholarship Fund is to encourage diversity and inclusion within the field of ADR by supporting the pursuit of knowledge and skill development through training experiences that encourage inclusive leadership growth in the field of ADR. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly until appropriated funds are expended.