Forecasting the Future:
Cutting Edge Issues in ADR

January 28 & 29, 2011

Presented by the University of La Verne College of Law

7 MCLE credits available (1.25 are ethics credits).

Examine the current trends and future possibilities in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Keynote Speakers:

Other Presenters

Speakers and panelists are subject to change.



Topics will range from new ethical challenges in ADR to how neuroscience and technology are having an impact in the field. Specifically:

  • The future of ODR due to dramatic changes in technology and the way that ever changing forms of technology enable people to communicate and interact when located in distant places.
  • Ethical standards and ethical dilemmas associated with the newest trends in ADR.
  • Using neuroscience to help negotiators capitalize on scientific theory

Attend this exciting forum for dialogue and exchange with leading academics and practitioners in the field.

Why Attend?

Dramatic developments in ADR have taken place during the past decade or two. Uniform acts have been developed such as the Uniform Mediation Act (2003) and the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (2009).* In 2005, the ABA, the Association for Conflict Resolution (formerly known as SPIDR), and the American Arbitration Association revised the Model Standards of Conduct, which serve as ethical guidelines for mediators. Many states have followed suit by developing their own mediation ethical standards of conduct.

Yet another interesting and important trend in the practice of ADR incorporates the principles of neuroscience. ADR scholars hope to strengthen their knowledge of the science behind communication by using these principles to understand how and why the brain functions in certain ways.

The most dramatic development in ADR, however, is the changing nature of the forum in which dispute resolution processes take place. Previously most, if not all, disputes were resolved in face-to-face settings. With the advent of new technologies that enable online communications channels, disputing parties no longer have to be in the same room. Disputants can engage in online dispute resolution (ODR) and communicate using emails, facsimile transmissions, text messages, instant messages, and audio or video conferencing. Communications can happen synchronously (like a telephone conference) or asynchronously (like an email exchange), introducing new facilitation challenges. The changing nature of ODR enables parties to experience instant access to the boundless information of the Internet at all times. This “information abundance” can introduce significant challenges for the different types of dispute resolution processes (from negotiation to mediation to arbitration) and create new challenges to dispute systems designs.

Due to these recent developments, ADR has a number of cutting-edge areas that are ripe for scholarly debate and review.

*The Uniform Arbitration Act was promulgated in 1955 and last revised in 2000.


Opening Dinner on Friday, January 28th ONLY: $50

Saturday, January 29th ONLY: $50

Two-day general admission price: $90

La Verne Law Alumni, Academic, Government,
and Non-profit two-day price: $75

Non-La Verne Law student price: $25

La Verne Law student and faculty price: Free


Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center,
University of La Verne

2000 C Street, La Verne, California 91750.
(Maps and Directions to the University of La Verne)


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For More Information, contact:

Alexis Thompson
Associate Dean of External Relations
(909) 460-2002


Email or call (909) 460-2018.


Contact: Lisa Dennis