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Vol. 7, No. 1 (Issue No. 18)  Newsletter of the American Bar Asso4tion SpctM of Dispute Resolution  Sept. 2001

See You in Seattle

T he Fourth Annual Section of Dispute
Resolution Spring Conference will
occur in Seattle, April 4-7, 2002 at the Seattle
Sheraton Hotel and Towers (206-621-9000).
Mark your calendar and plan to attend this
premier dispute resolution event. The
Section's third annual meeting in metro
Washington, D.C. was a tremendous
success attracting over 1,000 participants.
This Spring we will again provide a
gathering place for dispute resolution
leaders, providers, consumers, scholars and
students - from small firms, universities,
large firms, corporations, accounting
offices, psychologists' offices, and others
that comprise the wonderful world of
dispute resolution.
As part of a major collaborative effort with
local Seattle dispute resolution leaders, the
Section of Dispute Resolution has obtained
cosponsorship of the conference by the
Washington Law School Foundation and
the Washington State Bar Association
Dispute Resolution Section.
We plan to feature Optional Skills Training
by Leading Practitioners on the Latest
Innovations in DR Practice, the third Annual
Legal Educators Colloquium in cooperation
with the Association of American Law
Schools, the thirteenth Annual Frank E. A.
Sander Lecture, the first Court Annexed DR
Programs Symposium, close to 100
sessions organized into specific tracks and
the presentation of the D'Alembert/Raven
Award during a reception at the Seattle
Space Needle.
Subject matter tracks this year will include:
Arbitration, Community and Peer
Mediation, Communication, Construction
ADR, Corporate/Business ADR, Court-

Connected ADR, Employment and Labor
ADR, Ethics, Family, Government ADR,
Environment & Public Policy, Intellectual
Property and Entertainment, International,
Practice Development and Management,
and Technology.
Kudos are piling up for the new Section of than another how to description of me-
Dispute Resolution and Senior Lawyers   diation. Relying upon his experience as
Division publication Mediation: A Path  a full time litigator and his knowledge of
Back for the Lost Lawyer that shows a   bigfirm practices, Van Winkle captures
better way for lawyers mired in long and  the essence of why lawyers today often
costly litigation and under intense pressure  unknowingly fail their clients. He con-
to produce billable hours. The book is  tends that without much forethought and
striking a cord with lawyers from all walks  driven hy economic pressures, firms have
of the profession and is deemed especially  an incentive to place clients with dfficult
appropriate for law student reading as a  disputes on the litigation train.  Once
real world analysis of life as a lawyer.  on the train, these clients have little voice
in where the train goes or any real ability
Here are samples of the Buzz about the  to get off ending up at a destination to
book by John Van Winkle:                which they might never have chosen to
John Van Winkle, is a convert from the  travel. Every student contemplating a ca-
cult of litigation to the religion of   reer in private practice should read this
mediation. His writing is lucid, concise,  book. Even if students only gain an un-
sprightly, and blessedly without footnotes.  derstanding ofthepressures they will con-
For the novice, his exposition will educate  front in private practice, the book will
and train. For the veteran, it will recall,  serve a very useful purpose. But there is
highlight, emphasize, and solidif. For all  much more to be mined. Next Spring, I
of us, his vision of the lawyer v role as the  intend to require ny students to read this
high priest of mediation inspires. Jerome  book and look forward to using lan
J. Shestack, former President of the    Winkle   provocative analysis as a spring-
American Bar Association and Chair of the  boardfor discussing thefuture of the le-
Litigation Department, Wolf Block Schorr  gal profession in the context of the com
Solis & Cohen in Philadelphia.          peting economic models suggested /) tra-
ditional litigation and mediation. John
I an Winkle presents an understated but  Bickerman, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown
stinging analvsis ofhow the profession of  University Law School.
law has been transformed by subtle busi-
ness incentives. This book is much more        Continued on page 4a

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