2014-2015 Symposium

Not All Controversies End in Court: Checking the Balance in Alternative Dispute Resolution

UDC Law Review Symposium – March 27, 2015

The field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has expanded rapidly over the past decade and has become mandatory under a growing list of circumstances. Although clear evidence demonstrates cost and time savings through ADR, an increasing number of activists and scholars have criticized its use as a privatization of justice. Beyond efficiency, under what circumstances can ADR provide a just resolution that might not be available to parties through traditional litigation? What safeguards must be included to ensure that ADR fosters the desired win-win outcome, and does not result in a form of second-class justice that denies parties their day in court? And what can be done to prevent societal biases and power differentials from creating disparate treatment for parties in ADR based on race, gender, ethnicity, or worker status?

Participants

  • Jeannie M. Adams – director of the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division for the DC Superior Court
  • Michael Artz – associate general counsel at the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • Jennifer Brandt – attorney and mediator in a wide range of high conflict, intractable commercial, and family law matters
  • Ernest DuBester – member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • Deepak Gupta – founding principal of Gupta Beck PLLC
  • Jane Juliano – chief of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit at the US Office of Special Counsel
  • Homer La Rue – professor at the Howard University School of Law
  • Melissa Leibman – trial attorney within the Civil Division of the Department of Justice
  • Grande H. Lum – director of the Community Relations Service for the Department of Justice
  • Kenneth May – lead editor of Bloomberg BNA’s Labor Arbitration Reports
  • Julie Muroff – senior attorney in the National Institutes of Health Branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the General Counsel
  • Geetha Ravindra – attorney, mediator, and trainer with over twenty years of experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution
  • Michelle Schwartz – director of justice programs at the Alliance for Justice
  • Patrice Lumumba Simms – professor at Howard University School of Law
  • Marko Turudic – senior research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Administrative Law, University of Zagreb Law School
  • John Hardin “Jack” Young – adjunct professor at William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, senior global election dispute resolution advisor for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, managing director of the Center the Mediation of Electoral Disputes, and senior counsel at Sandler Reiff

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