Category Archives: Mediation

Integrating the ABA Futures Report and the Justice For All Components

Its finally here, the ABA Future of Legal Services Report. As expected, it covers a lot of ground, and is a lot to read. As an aid to speedy integration into other projects, I have prepared this table that compares … Continue reading

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Lisa Foster’s ATJ Commissions Meeting Speech Focuses on Big Changes

Lisa Foster’s speech at the ATJ’s Commission focus not on the usual self-congratulation, but on the encourages big changes in focus and vision.  While I did not travel to Chicago for the Conference this year, just the text alone conveys … Continue reading


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The Begining of A Discussion of ADR and 100% Access to Justice

One of the many impacts of the Chief’s 100% resolution is that it is starting to stimulate discussion in many communities that are or should be part of the broad 100% solution. So it is great to hear that Resolution … Continue reading

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Canadian Group Offers Guide to Settlement for the Self-Represented

The Canadian Group, the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, has released a very interesting resource: Settlement Smarts for SRLs. It goes through the process step by step, very much from the self-represented litigant’s point of view.  All too often such documents … Continue reading

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Mediation and the Self-Represented — Towards a New Paradigm

The mediation world seems to be starting seriously to engage the issue of self-represented litigants. Indeed, last week at the ABA Conference of the Section on Dispute Resolution, I was on a panel on the subject with Heather Scheiwe Kulp, … Continue reading

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Interesting Post on South Africa Proposed Law on Traditional Courts

There is obviously substantial dispute about the concept of traditional courts, with advocates promoting their use of non-adversarial values, and opponents fearful that such an approach removes the key power of courts to protect the weak and vulnerable against the … Continue reading

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On the Role of Mediators and Neutrals with the Self-Represented

A recent conversation made me realize how little attention we have paid to what happens to the self-represented in mediation and other environments that involve a supposed neutral.  After all, it is not at all unusual for states to mandate … Continue reading

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