Annual Dispute Resolution Symposium

ADR’s PLACE IN NAVIGATING A POLARIZED ERA

March 20, 2020
Symposium


This symposium’s focus is inspired by the soul-searching going on generally, and within dispute resolution field. There has been substantial debate regarding the appropriateness (and, perhaps more importantly, the inappropriateness) of “ADR thinking and skills” during our current polarized times. ADR proponents tend to promote dialogue and mutual consideration—asking open-ended questions, using reflective listening, trying to be relatively open-minded (and even neutral), identifying underlying interests, using those interests to develop mutually-beneficial solutions, etc. But when are these approaches relevant? Are there times when the use of “ADR skills” is enabling--or even immoral?

During this symposium, we will consider when “ADR thinking and skills” are and are not appropriate (or sufficient) in dealing with current, divisive issues—and whether and how we can teach our students to be discerning in making appropriate use of these approaches and skills, both in their future representation of clients and in their future roles as leaders within their local, professional, religious, and political communities.

Confirmed presenters at this point include:

  • Professor Kevin Barge, Texas A&M University, Department of Communications
  • Professor Jonathan Cohen, University of Florida, Levin College of Law
  • Professor Jill DeTemple, SMU, Department of Religious Studies
  • Professor Noam Ebner, Creighton University, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Professor Deborah Eisenberg, University of Maryland, Frances King Carey School of Law
  • Dr. Howard Gadlin, former Ombudsman and Director, Center for Cooperative Resolution, National Institutes of Health
  • Professor Sharon Press, Mitchell-Hamline School of Law
  • Professor Jennifer Reynolds, University of Oregon, School of Law
  • Dean Nancy Rogers, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

Articles from the symposium will be published in the Texas A&M Law Review and the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. We have not yet opened up registration, but you will be able to find updates here. 

March 21, 2020
Regional Dispute Resolution “Schmooze”

Essentially, this is a works-in-progress opportunity. At last year’s event, we had presentations regarding draft articles on a variety of dispute resolution topics, as well as a presentation seeking input on a national initiative to evaluate court-connected ODR pilots. The feedback was supportive and very thoughtful. Be sure to put this event on your calendar as well.

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