2019 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

2019 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

Presented by American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
Sponsored by JAMS

About the Event

Whether you are new to dispute resolution practice or have been practicing for decades, the 2019 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference has something for you. The Conference will begin on April 10th with the convening of the Symposium on ADR in the Courts and run through April 13th featuring over 70 concurrent CLE and non-programs, multiple dedicated networking opportunities and will culminate in the Legal Educators' Colloquium on Saturday, April 13th.


CLE credit is available.

Date / Time

April 10 - 13, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
8:00 AM – 7:30 PM CT

Thursday, April 11, 2019
8:00 AM – 7:45 PM CT

Friday, April 12, 2019
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM CT

Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:30 AM – 2:00 PM CT


Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Learn More & Register Now



JAMS Featured Speakers



Linda R. Singer, Esq.
JAMS Neutral

Revisiting the National Standards for Court Connected Mediation Programs
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

The National Standards for Court Connected Mediation Programs were developed by leading ADR thinkers a quarter century ago, during the infancy of court connected mediation. They address many critical topics including access to mediation; qualifications, selection, and compensation of mediators; ethical standards; inappropriate pressure to settle; and enforceability of mediated agreements, and served as a basis for court mediation programs across the country. The panelists and participants in this session will explore how well the 1992 National Standards have withstood the test of time and ways in which the evolution of court connected mediation might make updated standards for court connected mediation programs beneficial.

Gina Miller
JAMS Vice President,
U.S. West

Effective Advocacy for ADR Clients: Best Practices from Multiple Perspectives
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

In this interactive workshop, a team of diverse panelists will discuss and offer best practices on how to advocate for diverse ADR clients in dispute resolution processes. The panel will discuss how culture, gender and subject matter expertise shape differing client needs and will provide expert tips to understand and employ cross-cultural research and practices in promoting client interests and meeting client needs in dispute resolution processes.

Serena K. Lee
JAMS General Manager,
San Francisco

Say What? Arbitrator Disclosures - What Arbitrators Should Disclose, What Counsel Should Do with Disclosures, and Why It Matters
Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Arbitrators have an obligation to disclose certain information to the arbitration parties and counsel. Arbitrators, however, often differ on what information they disclose in any specific case, whether for fear of garnering an objection, an incomplete conflicts check or memory, or other reasons. For their part, counsel don't always know what to do with arbitrator disclosures, particularly ones that raise more questions than they answer. Using examples from actual arbitration cases, the panelists will focus on what an arbitrator should disclose, what counsel and their clients can and should do with disclosures, and the potential ramifications of disclosures.

Elizabeth Carter
JAMS Vice President,
U.S. East Central

Resume Workshop for Arbitrators & Mediators: Tips, Pitfalls and Must-Haves
Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Bring two copies of your resume (and copies of your website pages) for this hands-on, interactive and practical workshop essential for any arbitrator or mediator interested in building their practice! Get real-time feedback on your resume and get tips on how to present yourself to clients that will highlight your expertise and your knowledge in ADR processes. Join experienced professionals from the JAMS and the American Arbitration Association, to hear what clients indicate they look for in arbitrators and mediators and learn how best to present yourself in a competitive marketplace.

Hon. Frank Maas (Ret.)
JAMS Neutral

A Crisis on Campus: The Changing Landscape of Conflict Resolution in Higher Education
Friday, April 12, 2019 | 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

In these challenging times, colleges and universities are struggling to manage, resolve and prevent conflict. Instances of sexual assault and harassment on college and university campuses continue to occur in ever increasing numbers with grave consequences for all parties involved. Higher education is also affected by conflicts that affect non-academic institutions, but the context of these disputes, many of which are human resources-related, are unique within colleges and universities. Join a panel of experts for a vibrant discussion on the current state of conflict resolution in higher education and learn how to take your own steps to develop a practice in this this rapidly developing area.

Mark Smalls
JAMS Vice President,
Chief Marketing Officer

Diversity and Inclusion in ADR: Are We Doing Enough?
Friday, April 12, 2019 | 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Women, minorities and other traditionally marginalized segments of the ADR community are loudly demanding placement on ADR rosters and appointment as neutrals. Many of the larger ADR providers such as AAA, JAMS and CPR have heeded this call and implemented programs and strategies to ensure more diversity in the composition of their rosters and in the eventual selection of neutrals. This session will focus on the initiatives devised and undertaken by these ADR providers and examine the success of their efforts in promoting diversity. It will explore whether more needs to be done to achieve diversity and what other initiatives may be implemented moving forward to ensure greater parity in the inclusion of marginalized segments of the ADR professional community.

Conna A. Weiner
JAMS Neutral

Times Up for Increasing ADR Diversity: The Role of In-House and Outside Counsel in the Diversity Mosaic
Friday, April 12, 2019 | 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Panelists will examine the latest developments by ADR provider organizations and the ABA to help increase diversity in ADR. ABA Resolution 105, which passed the House of Delegates last year, urges ADR providers to diversify their rosters and encourage the selection of diverse neutrals. Data demonstrates that diversity in the Dispute Resolution field is significantly below that of the legal profession as a whole and shows that qualified diverse neutrals are less likely to be selected. An “Old Boy’s” network-based culture reinforced by implicit bias and a selection process cloaked in confidentiality exacerbates the diversity problem in neutral selection. The magic key to unlock the problem of diversity in ADR resides with the end user – the disputants.


Featured People

Hon. Frank Maas (Ret.)
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Federal Law
  • Financial Markets
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Maritime/Admiralty
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Securities
  • Settlement Master/Ombudsman
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
Linda R. Singer, Esq.
Conna A. Weiner, Esq., FCIArb
  • Business & Commercial
  • Employment Law
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort