February 17, 2015
Register for Online Dispute Resolution Conference - Registration is now open for the 2015 International ODR conference. This year's meeting, from June 3-5, 2015, is being hosted by Pace Law School at Pace's campus in Manhattan. Our principal keynote speakers are Richard Susskind, Esther Dyson, Colin Rule and others. Registration and other program information is accessible here
February 5, 2015
Call for Nominations for Award for ADR Scholarship - The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s University School of Law has announced a new $5,000 annual award for published ADR research. The Mangano Dispute Resolution Advancement Award “honors the researcher(s) whose published empirical research has furthered the advancement and understanding of the values and skills of dispute resolution.” Submissions nominating papers published between January 2013 and February 2015 should be entered by Friday, February 27.
February 4, 2015
Idaho Counties Resolve Felonies with Criminal Mediation - Criminal mediation has become increasingly popular in Idaho, according to the Idaho Statesman. In 2011, the Idaho Supreme Court established statewide rules for criminal mediation, now used in several county programs. In one county, the process has become so popular that it has been used to settle cases before trial in all but one murder in the last two years. Criminal mediation is an outgrowth of the plea-bargain process. The court rule names the defendant and the prosecutor as the parties, although the opposing attorneys act as parties in most mediations. The mediators on the court’s roster are senior and sitting judges who have undergone training. All cases are confidential except as required for reporting child abuse. The judge who mediates the case may not discuss it with the trial judge. In a session, the mediator listens to the attorneys’ positions and offers perspective on their cases’ strengths and weaknesses. Any topic the court deems beneficial may be discussed, including sentencing agreements, restitution, and future relationships with any victim. One rationale for the program is the potential savings in time and costs compared to criminal trials, which may last for months or be expensive.
September 29, 2014
Match the CourtADR.org Challenge! - Help RSI raise the last $5,000 needed to renovate this site. Click here to donate and your gift will be matched by a generous anonymous donor. If you'd rather send a check, please make it out to RSI and send it to RSI, 11 East Adams St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60603. The new site will feature intuitive architecture so you can find what you need, a powerful search with tailored results, and more expert guidance for designing, managing and evaluating your court ADR program. Please support the best resource devoted solely to quality court ADR!
September 10, 2014
Looking for a Court ADR Job in Maryland? - MACRO is hiring. See their posting for more information.
September 2, 2014
Welcome, MJ! - RSI welcomes our RSI Foreclosure Mediation Research Intern, MJ Scheer. Learn more about her.
August 28, 2014
An Illustrated Walkthrough of Facebook's Online Conflict Resolution System - In the last installment of her posts about Facebook's online conflict resolution system, Mary Novak illustrates the process through some simulated complaints.