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Remembering Dick Salem

Susan M. Yates, March 24th, 2014

The field of Alternative Dispute Resolution lost one of our founders this weekend when Dick Salem died. Dick’s core values led him to work in dispute resolution before it was a field. While serving with the U.S. government’s Community Relations Service in the 1960s and 70s, he was mediator at Wounded Knee and when Nazis wanted to march in Skokie, Illinois. Later, he worked extensively in South Africa and then other African countries, most notably Rwanda.

Dick also worked in the Chicago area, which is where I met him back in the 80s. Wherever ADR was the topic, Dick was there. He served on the board of Neighborhood Justice of Chicago (now the Center for Conflict Resolution) when I was executive director and we served together on the board of the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (now the Association for Conflict Resolution.) (more…)

Judicial Champions for Court ADR

Susan M. Yates, March 23rd, 2011

I suspect that every state that has successful court ADR programs has a Judge Agnew. He is the judge who championed ADR when people were still confusing mediation and arbitration. He led by example, experimenting with ADR in his own jurisdiction, and led by persuasion, convincing other judges to give ADR a try in their jurisdictions. He led on a statewide level, working inside the structure of the courts and bar associations. He used the standing and relationships he had developed through years of dedicated service, to promote a new way to serve those who turn to the courts for justice, while also meeting the needs of the lawyers, judges and court personnel who work within the justice system every day.

Yesterday RSI honored the Honorable Harris H. Agnew, former Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, based in Rockford, Illinois for his decades of tireless work to expand and enhance the use of court ADR (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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