We have all seen the recent articles and the blogs reflecting that clients are yearning for more planned, thoughtful, holistic approaches to dispute resolution. As construction litigators, I like to think we are a bit ahead of the curve because we have always attempted to resolve disputes in the same planned and thoughtful ways our clients approach their projects - particularly, with the key objective to collaborate with our clients, opposing parties, and opposing counsel to resolve construction disputes in the most beneficial, efficient, and cost-effective manner. ADR offers several opportunities and tools toward that goal. The Forum’s Construction Law ADR Summit on October 7-9, 2015, in Austin, Texas, offers a unique opportunity for like-minded professionals from multiple disciplines to discuss their viewpoints and appreciate the viewpoints of others to advance the ball together to define and sculpt how ADR will serve construction attorneys and their various clients.
We often fail to recognize that, even before receiving mentoring from seasoned construction lawyers, “younger” construction attorneys and professionals (e.g., “millennials”) share our collective goal of efficient and reasonable dispute resolution, so we should encourage them to transfer their insights across the generational gaps that sometimes hinder collaborative progress. On Wednesday, October 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Summit will include a Young Lawyers Construction Practicum regarding advocacy in mediation. If you work with young lawyers, please encourage them to attend. And if you are a young lawyer, we encourage you to attend not only the Practicum, but the entire Summit, to sharpen your own skills to better serve your clients but also to provide your unique ideas, experiences, and perspectives to help develop and identify the practical, reasonable, and cost-effective tools and ideas that will shape ADR in the future.
For more information about the Young Lawyers Construction Practicum and the program generally, here is the link to the Forum’s Construction Law ADR Summit Brochure.