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A Newsletter from ADR Resources
Volume 5, No. 7 (May-June 2002)


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To fit my vacation schedule, etc., I am combining the May and June newsletters. Things have been very busy and I've had some unforseen bites out of my schedule (e.g. it took several hours to discover that when Rachel got into some heart medicine, she spit it out instead of swallowing it -- though several people now realize that at a toddler friendly party, medicine stashed at floor level is not "toddler proof" just because it is in a zip lock bag).

The Recommended Books of the Month:

Well, it still hasn't been released by the publisher, but I'd recommend the second edition of Planet Law School by Atticus Falcon.  I'd also recommend -- must read stuff.  Free too!

Interesting new Mediation & ADR (and other) web sites:

Educational Programs / News and Book Reviews/Books/Periodicals:

I was distressed to see this year's "top 5" (and the top 15) for law school dispute resolution programs.

Last year, this was the list:

1. University of Missouri–Columbia
2. Pepperdine University (CA)
3. Harvard University (MA)
4. Ohio State University
5. (tie) Hamline University (MN)
5. Willamette University (OR)

This year, this is the list:

1. Harvard University (MA)
2. Pepperdine University (CA)
3. Ohio State University (Moritz)
4. University of Missouri-Columbia
5. Hamline University (MN)

While I disagree with Missouri as to the "whyfor"  they are the best, I still believe that they have by far the best program in the nation.  For them to drop from number one to number four reflects some serious methodology problems with USNews. I'm glad to see Hamline still in the top five (and really expect them to move up) but Willamette should have remained there as well.  Well, take these things with more than a grain of salt.

Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas ~ October 24-26, 2002.  Proposals and CVs must be one page each, contain the author’s name and contact information in the upper left side of the document. Please submit one copy electronically to They request that you attach the documents as an MSWord file or as a rich text file (rtf)

Current Issues:

At a Law Day event with Sen. Russ Feingold and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Public Citizen unveiled its report on arbitration costs. This comprehensive 84-page report attacks the position that "arbitration is cheaper than litigation."  The executive summary will be posted on their website,  They are selling copies  of the entire report at $50.00 each to raise some much needed revenue.  They make some good points.  E.g. For instance, an $80,000 consumer claim brought in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., would cost $221, versus $11,625 at National Arbitration Forum (NAF), a 5,260 percent difference.  The American Arbitration Association (AAA) would charge the plaintiff up to $6,650, and Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) would charge up to $7,950, amounting to a 3,009 percent and 3,597 percent difference in cost.

This is a big issue, and one that will continue to grow in importance.

Also, I got the following e-mail from someone I trust.  I'll pass it along:

Dear FAN members -- We hear a tremendous amount about resolving disputes over the internet or using cyberspace to facilitate resolution of conflicts that also use a face-to-face ADR component. Fact is, we know almost nothing about this developing area! I urge you to take this opportunity to meet and speak with Steve Abernathy of Square Trade. Contact Andrew Colsky immediately via the internet or at 202-268-3991. Don't be left in the dark on how you can incorporate the cyber-world into your ADR program

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As always, I am interested in any submissions or articles anyone would like to have posted on the web -- and I am glad to be able to point them out in this newsletter.  I prefer to post material as you have written it, with no editorial changes by myself. is the best e-mail address to use to reach me, though I sometimes am not able to check my e-mail for 3 or 4 days.

With my best regards, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Stephen Marsh
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