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Who We Are

Welcome to the Government Committee webpage. Our mission is to serve as a resource for local, state, and federal government ADR practitioners. We share information relevant to government ADR. We promote awareness of the wealth of ADR activity in the local, state, and federal government realms. Most importantly, we provide opportunities for all of you to share experiences, lessons learned, and best practices at all levels of government ADR. We hope that you will join us in making this committee as vibrant and as beneficial as it can be.

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The Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice, is the Department's "Peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability.

The mission of the Office of Dispute Resolution, U.S. Department of Justice, is to develop policy and to promote the effective use of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) processes.

You’ll find the ADR policies and programs of many of the federal agencies listed on this site as well as information about the federal Interagency Working Group. The Working Group was established as a resource for developing ADR programs and sharing information to support the use of ADR.

Message From The Chair

The Dispute Resolution Section’s Spring Conference in New York City is coming up quickly. Below are sessions slated for the Government track that we will be attending. Are there others on the schedule that you would like to alert your fellow Committee members to? Please share with the list.

We hope to see you in New York City in a few weeks!

Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher and Miriam Nisbet

ABA DR Section Government Committee Co-Chairs


Thursday, April 7, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

B9: No Longer an Experiment: The Evolution of Federal ADR Practitioners reflect on the 20 years since the reenactment of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act in 1996

Room: Riverside Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Practice Area Track: Government

When Congress passed ADRA in 1990, it imposed a 5-year timeframe on the federal ADR experiment. With the reenactment of ADRA in 1996, the experiment was deemed successful – and the incorporation of federal ADR endorsed. The stage was set to institutionalize federal ADR - but the road to do so was not without challenges. Still, practitioners persisted, to the point where some are now pushing ADR boundaries beyond what was imagined. This panel brings together practitioners from the “early days” with cutting edge practitioners to reflect on 20 years of federal ADR – and share thoughts.

Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher, Voices of Value, LLC, Rockville, MD

David Batson, AlterEcho, Washington, DC

Jane Juliano, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, Washington , DC

Cynthia Mazur, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC

Daniel Rainey, National Mediation Board, Washington, DC

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Dine-Around with Government Committee and Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter

Restaurant: Remi,, 145 West 53rd Steet (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Friday, April 8, 7:00 am to 8:00 am

Conference Breakfast and Committee Meetings (including Government Committee)

Room: Metropolitan West, 2nd floor

Friday, April 8, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

G8: Managing the Evolving Needs of Parties in Government Mediation Mediation is the New Formal Room: Gramercy - Lower Level

Practice Area Track: Government

The evolution of informal real time processes such as coaching, ombudsmanry, and rapid response have led parties to avoid mediation—deeming it “too formalistic”, “formulaic", and “time consuming.” This interactive panel discussion session will explore meaningful methods to overcome party resistance to mediation and will offer tools to empower parties and attorneys in resolving employment, regulatory, commercial, energy, and other disputes. Panelists will discuss methods and tools to use in outreach and the convening process, and will engage participants through interactive short scenarios that will draw upon the tools and methods presented.

Jennifer Gartlan, Federal Maritime Commission, Washington, DC

LoValerie Mullins, National Mediation Board, DC, DC

Karen White, National Guard, Arlington, VA

Deborah Osborne, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC

Friday, April 8, from 2:00 to 3:00

H2: “She said, He said” Deconstructing a successful mediation when the United States is a party

Room: Bowery - Lower Level

Practice Area Track: Government

Department of Justice litigators will present two case studies involving an actual mediation, describing their opposing points of view at various stages in the exchange of offers and information. They will break at a number of critical junctures when the panel moderator will solicit evaluations and suggestions from the audiences as to alternative moves a mediator could have chosen. Each case study will end with a description of the actual results of the mediation and ultimate disposition of the case and each attorney will briefly evaluate the mediation process and impact on the case from their respective points of view.

Joanna Jacobs, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Combating Bias and Increasing Inclusion in the Legal Profession


    The event will be held on 03/28/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,Commission on Homelessness and Poverty,Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs,Commission on Law and Aging,Commission on Disability Rights,Center for Professional Development,Criminal Justice Section,Commission on Women In the Profession,Section of Dispute Resolution,Law Practice Division,Section of Family Law,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Center for Human Rights,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Section of Legal Edu. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    Ethical Aspects to Consider While Building an Arbitration Practice


    Program Description : 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 ...

    Introduction to Practicing Before Suspension and Debarment Officials in Federal Contracting


    Introduction to Practicing Before Suspension and Debarment Officials in Federal Contracting

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