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Foreclosure Mediation, Saving Homes, and Appropriate Dispute Resolution

Just Court ADR, February 23rd, 2012

As someone who reports on foreclosure mediation around the country, I am thankful for the work of the Department of Justice and the National Consumer Law Center, which have both published extensive reports on the benefits of foreclosure mediation in recent weeks. The DOJ’s report is a follow-up on an Access to Justice Initiative conference RSI attended last year, which focused on how foreclosure mediation programs can be evaluated for their effectiveness. The NCLC report is the work of Geoff Walsh, a consumer lawyer who focuses on the foreclosure crisis and how consumers benefit from mediation programs that address foreclosures and provide a mechanism for servicer accountability. Walsh also helpfully demonstrates (on pages 33-41) how foreclosure mediation does not have to cost states too much and does not have to extend the foreclosure timeline.

While I agree with most of the assessment these reports provide, I’d like to highlight a couple of points – based on RSI’s experience and expertise in the court ADR field – with which I disagree.  (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…)

Participate in the “Future of Court ADR” Webcast

Just Court ADR, September 15th, 2011

RSI invites you to participate in a free webcast of an upcoming conference, The Future of Court ADR: Mediation and Beyond, on Friday, September 23. Practitioners, policymakers and academics with backgrounds in family and civil ADR will come together to learn, to discuss potential cross-pollination and collaboration between these traditionally disconnected groups, and to develop recommendations moving forward. We want you to be a part of that discussion. (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.

ADR National Conference Reflections

Susan M. Yates, September 8th, 2010

It has been a few years since I attended an Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) national conference. With a limited budget, I have chosen to attend the ABA Dispute Resolution Section annual conference instead because there is more of a court ADR focus and I am much more involved with the ABA DR Section.

But last week the ACR national conference was held in Chicago and I could afford to attend. Here are a few thoughts about the two conferences.

There are a lot of similarities between the conferences. Many presenters participate in both conferences and many of the sessions would be at home at either one. No doubt (more…)

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