December 9, 2013
Court ADR Connection - The December edition of RSI's Court ADR Connection is now available. It highlights new research on parenting coordination, the Nevada Supreme Court's ruling on confidentiality in foreclosure mediation, and more! Read it today.
November 25, 2013
Article Published in Dispute Resolution Magazine - "Family Court ADR: Decades of Cultivating Innovation," co-written by RSI Executive Director Susan M. Yates, was published in the latest edition of the ABA's Dispute Resolution Magazine.
November 21, 2013
New RSI Blog Post: In re Lee, Part 3 - The third and final installment in RSI's series of blog posts about the Texas Supreme Court decision, In re Lee, is now out. In this latest post, Mary Novak examines the implications of the holding upon parents, judges and mediators.
November 15, 2013
Foreclosure Dispute Resolution Programs: Do They Work? - With foreclosure dispute resolution programs proliferating around the country, the natural question to ask is, "Do they work?" That's what former RSI staff member Heather Scheiwe Kulp and RSI Director of Research Jennifer Shack set out to determine. This blog post explains their research as well as the resultant report that was published in the ABA's Probate and Property magazine.
November 14, 2013
RSI's Analyzing the Alternatives Annual Newsletter - RSI's Fall/Winter Analyzing the Alternatives is now available. It features a summary of RSI's work to expand foreclosure mediation in Illinois; information about Illinois' changed mediation rules, which expand mediation programs and assistance for parties; profiles of RSI's new Board members; and much more! Read it today.
November 12, 2013
Third Circuit Affirms that Delaware Arbitration Program is Unconstitutional - A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that Delaware's state-sponsored arbitration program is unconstitutional. In the program, disputes were confidentially arbitrated by Chancery Court judges. The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the program is unconstitutional. The court found that the arbitration hearings were similar to civil trials since they shared so many resources. Therefore, since there is a right of public access to civil trials, there should also be a right to public access for arbitrations conducted by sitting judges.
November 12, 2013
Ohio Mediation Program Lets Homeowners Challenge Property Values - A new mediation program in Franklin County, Ohio, lets homeowners challenge their property values to have their taxes adjusted. The program was developed by the County's Board of Revision, in collaboration with the Ohio Supreme Court. Since June, more than 1600 people have been through mediation, either in person or by phone, with 98% of the cases resolved in mediation. Mediators conduct sessions between the property owner and a county representative. Program developers hope to expand the program across the state.