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Our Vision

The Mediation Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution strives to serve as a resource for practitioners, the public, and students of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with an emphasis of mediation. Though diverse and under a large umbrella, mediation serves the interests of stake-holders unlike any other dispute resolution mechanism as it focuses on understanding, collaboration, and self-determination. Our goal is to promote mediation education, enhance the public's understanding of mediation, improve mediator and mediation advocate skills, and increase opportunities for mediation's benefits to be realized. We hope you will join us, and share your thoughts, experiences and insights.

Committee Updates


As a member of he Mediation Committee, you are encouraged to participate in monthly teleconferences which are intended to serve as a means for our membership to stay connected, find opportunities for engagement in committee activities and learn from one another.
Meeting notices are provided primarily through the committee listserv. To receive notices, make sure your member profile preferences allow committee and Section communications. Some committee meetings serve as educational opportunities. 2015 topics have included: the no-caucus approach to mediation; and ADR session safety. Our next call is scheduled to take place on TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015 at 12:00 Noon Eastern


2015 Mediation Week is October 11-October 17

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution will sponsor our Fourth Annual Mediation Week this October. Mediation Week is an initiative to celebrate mediation around the globe as one of several appropriate dispute resolution processes;

to educate lawyers, parties, public officials and the general public about mediation; and to continue to promote the use of mediation through out the world. Last year, Mediation Week saw more programs than any prior year. You can help make the Fourth Annual Mediation Week our most successful yet.

To be considered for limited matching funds, please register your event by September 1,2015.

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Opportunities for Involvement

Do you want to shape the future of mediation? How about learn how to become a better mediator? Would you like to enhance your skills as an advocate in the process? Do you have experience and ideas to help those who share an interest in or a career dedicated to mediation? Is mediation not your core focus, but an adjunct to how you serve others? Have you written about or spoken on mediation? Would you like to promote knowledge and acceptance of mediation and increase utilization of it? If you answer "yes" to any of the above, we hope you will consider joining our committee. Once you are a member, your active involvement is invited. We also actively seek opportunities to collaborate with other committees within the Section.

Whether you are seasoned or consider yourself a beginner, we can benefit from your involvement.

Opportunities for involvement include, but are not limited to:
Mediation Week support; member education via monthly teleconferences and webinars; mediator evaluation; developing international cultural competence; production of the October edition of "Just Resolutions" eNews; a joint edition of "Just Resolutions" with the Ethics Committee; mediation advocacy skills education; an examination of ADR session safety; and a review of current ABA mediation guides.

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Abramowitz, Ava
Lord, Richard

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Ethical Aspects to Consider While Building an Arbitration Practice


    Join two established arbitrators and two of the countrys leading ADR service providers as they give practical advice and insights to arbitrators interested in creating or expanding a successful arbitration practice while meeting ethical and disclosure obligations. The panel will offer business development ...

    Before the Session Starts: How to Prepare for Mediation


    Program Description: The panel of national experts will reveal the preparation techniques they use to maximize opportunities for favorable settlements and gain advantage for their client. The panel will discuss: selecting a mediator, process design, managing client expectations, written submissions, ...

    Utilizing Mediation to Navigate the Perils of Electronic Discovery in Arbitration


    Please note that this program is not accredited for CLE. Attendees can apply for CLE with their own accrediting agencies. Registration Deadline: 5 pm ET on February 2,

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