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Nominate Just Court ADR for the ABA Blawg 100

Just Court ADR, 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…)

Anticipating the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Conference

Just Court ADR, January 3rd, 2012

Over the holidays, I visited a relative who works at a major retail store. I wanted to purchase a long, warm winter coat to ward off the cold Chicago wind. With a smirk, she led me to what was, only a few weeks before, the coat section. It was filled with swim suits.

While I’m not ready to exchange my mittens for a beach blanket quite yet, I am thinking fondly about the upcoming spring activities in the ADR world. Specifically, I’m excited to hear (more…)

Budget Squeezes, Access to Justice, and Creative Solutions

Just Court ADR, June 7th, 2011

While money gets tighter, more people want access to the court system.

For instance, in Oneida County, Wisconsin, case filings in 2002 were at 8,535 per year. In 2006, that number increased to 9,629. Now, court personnel say that (more…)

Youth Diversion Programs Receive National Support

Just Court ADR, February 17th, 2011

At the American Bar Association’s Mid-Year meeting, the delegates adopted Resolution 107B, which urges governments to support the creation of programs that divert alleged juvenile offenders into alternative dispute resolution systems. These systems, including peer courts, victim-offender mediation, restorative justice conferences, truancy mediation, and community mentoring/service, not only work to keep youth out of jails, but can also prevent (more…)

The Conference to Attend

Susan M. Yates, January 31st, 2011

If you, like most of us involved in court ADR, have a very limited amount of time and money to attend conferences, I suggest you consider making your way to the Symposium on ADR in the Courts, April 13, 2011 in Denver. It is sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and happens on the day before the Section’s big annual conference. Every year, I find it to be an engaging, edifying event.

This year the Symposium features a plenary by Bernie Mayer (author of Beyond Neutrality,  among other publications) that is followed by three groups of sessions presented by leaders in the field of ADR. The session topics touch on program management, policy and research, and range from nitty-gritty to sweeping philosophical topics. The presenters all have a high level of expertise and experience, but are varied in their backgrounds, including people administering programs and people studying programs. These sessions give attendees a big picture view of the field and our own individual work within it.

The most valuable part of the conference for me is the opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the country. I catch up with long-time friends and meet new folks. The support and information we can glean from one another feeds my work.

If you come to the Symposium, introduce yourself. It is a great opportunity to put faces with names and make connections that support our work long after the conference is finished.

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