Well-known mediator Kenneth Feinberg highlights ABA conference focused on ADR in the future

The annual Spring Conference of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution will be virtual from April 25-29, with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) of the future.

The joint conference, featuring more than 40 programs and a talk by nationally known mediator Kenneth Feinberg, is in collaboration with the ABA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division (GPSolo).

The meeting, titled “Where Do We Grow from Here? New Directions and Rejuvenation,” was converted to online because of continuing COVID-19 concerns. ADR, which includes mediation and arbitration among other forms of resolving differences outside of a court setting, is transitioning into a new era as ADR adapts to opportunities presented by the pandemic during the past two years.

Feinberg, who has been appointed mediator and arbitrator in thousands of complex disputes over the past 35 years, served as special master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Department of Justice U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund and the Boeing 737 Max Crash-Victim Beneficiaries Compensation Fund.

He will deliver plenary remarks titled, “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges,” on Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

In another plenary session, Jose A. Egurbide, a career prosecutor with 26 years of experience in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, will discuss his work to establish in 2014 a Neighborhood Justice Program, his office’s first Restorative Justice based prosecutor-led pre-filing diversion program.

In October 2020, Egurbide joined forces with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to deliver two mindfulness-based virtual trainings for criminal justice professionals. His talk will be Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Other programs look toward an emerging post-pandemic era of ADR.

To register, visit www.americanbar.org/content/aba-cms-dotorg/en/groups/dispute_resolution.


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