A Look at the Past Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) have existed in other cultures for a very long time, in some serving as the principal means of resolving disputes. However, in the early United States, common law courts were the primary means of resolving disputes. As the 19th century drew to a close, “popular dissatisfaction with the legal system and its administration of justice” began to rise. In his address to the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1906, Dean Roscoe Pound expressed this concern in a bleak commentary.
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