Friday, September 26, 2014

Division 1 Activities at the Forum Meeting in Chicago

The Fall Meeting of the Forum is only a little over two weeks away now. As always, Division 1 is ready to provide our members with both a top-notch lunch presentation and a fun night out on Thursday evening.  Here's a little information about both of those events. 

Division Lunch: Guided Choice Dispute Resolution
Despite the advent of ADR, clients continue to complain about the high cost of resolving disputes -- especially since most construction disputes eventually settle before trial or arbitration. While mediation has increased in popularity, too often it is deferred until late in the adversarial process and after the parties have incurred the expense of legal and expert fees, discovery, and other pretrial activity. 

Guided Choice is intended to help the parties use mediation and other dispute resolution tools more intelligently to achieve earlier settlements at less expense and with greater client satisfaction in the outcome. A brief introduction will be posted here on the blog early next week.

Our main speaker for our lunch is Paul M. Lurie. Mr. Lurie has served as business and legal counsel for major owners, developers, design firms, and contractors for over 40 years. He has written several articles regarding mediation and arbitration generally and about Guided Choice in particular. Several introductory articles are available at a Wordpress blog called Guided Choice Dispute Resolution System.

Division 1 Social Event: Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Club

Join Division 1 for a fun night out in Chicago! We'll meet at 7:30 PM for beverages, conversation, and casual dining at Bar Louie at 47 W. Polk Street in the Printers Row neighborhood in the landmark Dearborn Station Building.

Dearborn Station

From there, we'll head around the corner to Buddy Guy's Legends at 700 South Wabash, one of Chicago's renowned blues venues, for the 9:30 PM show featuring blues diva Nellie "Tiger" Travis. Tickets for the Blues show are $10.

To RSVP, please e-mail Rob Ruesch by October 10 to ensure a seat. Tickets for the show may also be purchased at the door subject to availability. Both spots are a short walk from the Chicago Hilton. 

Don't miss out, or you will be the one singing the blues! 

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