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Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

Message from the chair

Dear Fellow Dispute Resolution Committee Members:

I want to welcome you as committee members to the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year.

We have an exciting year planned and I look forward to all of you supporting and contributing to our committee. It is only through our collective efforts that can we create a richly rewarding experience for us all.

In addition, the following are the dates and times for our committee teleconferences:

Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern/2:00 p.m., Central

Friday, October 21, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., Eastern/10:00 a.m., Central

Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern/2:00 p.m., Central

Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern/2:00 p.m., Central.

The dialing information to access the teleconferences is: Dial-In Number +1 (866) 646-6488 - Conference Code 1885350536.

You are all invited to attend our meetings, to participate in our conference calls, to volunteer your time and good efforts for the planned CLE programs, and to offer new ideas for additional programming. We are also looking for authors to submit papers for our newsletter, as we are planning for three publications for this fiscal year.

As I mentioned above, the success of our committee depends on the efforts of our members. Alternative dispute resolution is a growing legal field. More and more litigators are turning to alternative dispute resolution options, and more people are looking to become alternative resolution facilitators, such as mediators or arbitrators. As members of our committee, we can all benefit from the collective experiences of our fellow members, and that only comes with active group participation.

We have an exciting year plan, and we welcome your participation.


Perry S. Granof

The Psychology of Conflict Resolution

“The Psychology of Peacemaking in the Context of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict” with Robi Friedman, an Israeli Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, and Nimer Said, an Israeli Palestinian Group and Organizational Consultant, took place by telephone at a meeting of the Psychology of Conflict Resolution Subcommittee in December 2011. The meeting and discussion was organized and moderated by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Bader.

Topics covered included: (1) how collective guilt can make resolution difficult; (2) the role of “victim” identity in conflict; (3) the problem of “chosen trauma” (a term coined by Vamik Volkan to describe a group’s tendency to “choose” and dwell on a traumatic event to define identity).

The meeting felt so profound and important that we decided to make the tape of it available to the public. Many thanks to 2011-2012 Committee Chair Ettie Ward, who introduces the program on this tape, and our current Chair Jerry Strachan, for their support for the work of the Subcmmittee. Enjoy the program!

Click here for Part 1!

Click here for Part 2!

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If you are interested in joining the Psychology of Conflict Resolution Subcommittee, email Elizabeth Bader at

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Granof, Perry


Reiman, James

Council Representative:

Kopil, Thomas


Feeley, Maria
Goodman, Judith
Greenspan, Deborah
Hirshon, Jason
Kichaven, Jeff
Kuchulis, Anthony
Leo, Michele
Lopez, D
Monteleone, Joseph
O'Brien, Jason
Panter, Michael
Penn, Timothy
Phillips, Christina
Smith Dedrick, Katherine
Tarighati, Mitchell
VeyVoda-Hamilton, Debra
Ward, Ettie
Worley, Sarah

Committee Roster  

The Committee & Members Benefits

Eight Reasons to Join the DR Committee

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

DR Committee Business Meeting at TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting

October 21, 2016
The Dispute Resolution Committee will conduct a committee business meeting at the TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Time, 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time and 10:00 a.m., Central Time. The meeting will be held in a room TBD at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California. The committee will discuss committee programs, publications and projects under development and other committee business. All committee members are urged to attend.
Section Events

    Marketing Legal Services: New Proposed Rules and New Perspectives


    The event will be held on 03/21/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are ABACLE,Center For Professional Responsibility,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Section of Legal Education and Admissions To the Bar,Delivery of Legal Services,Ethics and Professional Responsibility. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    What Security Nightmares Keep Law Firm Management Up at Night


    The event will be held on 03/22/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Cybersecurity Legal Task Force,ABACLE,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Section of Litigation,Lawyers' Professional Liability. The event has 1.00 CLE Credits .

    2018 Emerging Issues In Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation

    Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

    The event will be held on 04/04/2018 - 04/06/2018. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

Committee Event Information

Cross Examination without a Comfort Blanket

No Linus here: learn how to effectively cross-examine a witness without the comfort blanket of prior inconsistent deposition testimony, where counsel may need to ask questions during arbitration that were never posed in deposition. Read more here.

A Dog's Bark Is Better Than Litigation's Bite

Congratulations to one of our Committee Vice-Chairs, Debra Hamilton, whose article on the Mediation of Animal Law appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 30. Debra organized and participated in our Committee Program on Mediation of Animal Law Disputes, which was presented in conjunction with the Animal Law Committee, the Law Student Task Force, and St. John’s Law School.



DR Resources

Complex Litigation


The Complex Litigation Subcommittee provides TIPS DR Committee members with a forum to discuss and share information about the use of alternative dispute mechanisms in the resolution of complex litigation. This year the Complex Litigation Sub-Committee has focused on planning a CLE program for the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto. The program, "Mass Settlements: Beyond Injury Compensation," will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 8:30 am at the CLE Center (Metro Toronto Convention Center, South Building) and will focus on settlements of complex cases that involve nonmonetary components. The Dispute Resolution committee is proud to sponsor and present this CLE program. The expert panel will examine how nonmonetary components affect the dynamics of settlement of complex cases in both the United States and Canada from a variety of perspectives: practitioner, judicial, neutral, insurer, and academic. The panel will address how to negotiate, evaluate and structure settlements in complex cases ranging from toxic torts to products liability. Even if you are not directly involved in complex litigation, the techniques and skills covered in this CLE program are valuable tools to master in any type of case. We hope to see you all at the program in August.

If you are interested in joining the subcommittee, have an interest in any of the planned projects, or have any suggestions, please contact Ettie Ward or Michael Childers.
Join Complex Litigation Subcommittee Today


Modified by Christopher Steward on August 17, 2017

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