Alternative Dispute Resolution


The purpose of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section is to promote the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, mini-trials, summary jury trials and private judging. While recognizing the importance of trials, the committee works to further educate both the bar and the public about alternative dispute resolution.

A Message from the Chair

Stephen L. Richey

Nothing satisfies the trial lawyer more than a favorable jury verdict.  However, the practical reality is that full-scale litigation through trial is very often an economically irrational path.  The prudent lawyer, therefore, must frequently employ the skills and methods of alternative dispute resolution to obtain the best result for his or her client.  Alternative dispute resolution has become an integral part of the practice of law, especially litigation, and will remain so in the years to come.
The Committee provides an excellent forum for CBA members to stay informed of developments and trends in ADR, meet our colleagues, and share knowledge, insights, and experiences.  Our meetings occur on a bi-monthly basis and regularly include guest speakers and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics such as mediation, arbitration, and negotiation techniques and strategies.  The Committee has also been proud to further its goal of education on those subjects by hosting annual or bi-annual CLE courses, and we plan to continue that tradition.  Being a member of the Committee has been a rewarding experience for me, and I invite you to join us for our next meeting!

Stephen L. Richey - Thompson Hine LLP
May 3, 2017 Meeting: Minutes

March 1, 2017 Meeting: Minutes

Materials for September 7, 2016 Meeting
Starting A Mediation Practice: Common Pitfalls and Useful Pointers 

Featuring James E. McGuire, Esq., JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator

Presentation and Suggested Reading List
Mediation Marketing Ideas,  ABA DR Magazine Winter 2011
Settelment Counsel, 2010 NYSBA Dispute Magazine

Previous Meeting Materials

Mediation Prep Guide - Presented by Michael Hawkins
Interest Based Negotiations - Presented by Jim Lawrence

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