In my post a few weeks ago, I urged young construction lawyers to attend the upcoming Forum Construction Law ADR Summit on October 8-9, 2015, in Austin, Texas because young lawyers have unique ideas, experiences, and perspectives regarding practicality, reasonableness, and cost-effectiveness that will undoubtedly shape ADR’s future.
Plenary V at the Summit will provide additional insight from the best and brightest in academia. Tom Stipanowich, Acadamic Director of Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, will present compelling new data on ADR trends: What does the industry expect from ADR? Has ADR delivered on its promise? How will the recent past shape the future?
Next, Stan Sklar, Executive Director of DePaul University College of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution, will discuss the unique nature of arbitration, how lawyers have hijacked the process and eroded its effectiveness, and how to debunk arbitration myths to get it back.
Finally, Dean Thompson will present up-to-date nationwide survey data from arbitrators on their general preferences and the application of the most commonly used arbitration rules.