JAMS Heads to Chicago for the ABA DR Section 15th Annual Spring Conference

JAMS is proud to participate in and sponsor the 15th annual ABA Dispute Resolution Section Spring conference starting April 3 in Chicago. The conference is the meeting place for dispute resolution leaders, mediators, arbitrators, neutral providers and scholars. Presenters and attendees have diverse backgrounds including academics, advocates, court administrators, corporate users, as well as dispute resolvers. Many of our neutrals and members of senior management will join panel discussions and lead presentations. Participating panelists include Mercedes Armas Bach, Richard Chernick, Esq., Linda DeBene, Esq., William E. Hartgering, Esq., Marvin E. Johnson, Esq., Harvey J. Kirsh, Esq., Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.), Michael K. Lewis, Esq., Barbara A. Reeves Neal, Esq., Hon. Richard E. Neville (Ret.), Hon. Julia M. Nowicki (Ret.), Juan Ramirez, Jr., R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq., Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina (Ret.).

Following are just some of the conference session highlights. Please visit the JAMS Events Page for more information about JAMS presenters and their sessions.

  • Arbitration Ethics: Practical (and Ethical) Solutions to Real Problems
    This program features three experts who deal with ethical issues on a day to day basis for three major arbitration organizations, AAA, CPR and JAMS, who will discuss the ethical, and practical, guidelines they use to navigate successfully through these issues to solutions.

    • Sheri Eisner, JAMS
    • Eric Tuchmann, American Arbitration Association
    • Helena Erickson, CPR
  • The Present and Future of ADR 
    This moderated panel will discuss developments and trends in domestic and international ADR. Leaders in dispute resolution including the American Arbitration Association and JAMS will discuss the topics and themes around what is happening today in dispute resolution.

    • Deborah Masucci, Chartis
    • India Johnson, American Arbitration Association
    • Chris Poole, JAMS
  • Mediator Ethical Guidance Committee Update 
    Members of the Mediator Ethical Guidance Committee will present various scenarios that have been considered by the Committee, and the process by which the scenarios are evaluated and opinions issued. We will discuss the kinds of topics that come before the Committee in prior scenarios and more recent issues of interest in the mediation community, presented in a Q&A format. 

    • Kimberly Taylor, JAMS
  • International Committee Workshop: A Window into the Future: Adding Mediation to the Process Choices in Global Investment Disputes
    Much of the discussion will be dedicated to the theme of investment treaty arbitration: why and how mediation could be integrated into such processes. 

    • Lorraine Brennan, JAMS International Managing Director
    • Jeremy Lack, JAMS International panelist


JAMS Partners with Food from the Bar to Fight Hunger

JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, is proud to announce it will partner with the Los Angeles Food Bank and the Sacramento Food Bank to fight hunger through the Food from the Bar campaign.

The JAMS locations are participating through their local JAMS Societies. The JAMS Society was created 10 years ago to recognize and support volunteer opportunities and community involvement for JAMS associates at a local, “hands-on” level. JAMS Society members participate in a diverse array of volunteer activities around the country ranging from cleaning up the environment to improving the lives of children and seniors.

Food from the Bar is a four-week food drive by legal communities across the country, in which participants engage in “friendly competition” to raise funds, donate food and volunteer at local food banks. Since its inception 10 years ago, Food from the Bar has raised millions of dollars and donated thousands of hours to food banks across the country. The campaign provides critical funds to support summer food programs and ensures kids receive the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives.

The 2012 program runs from April 30 to May 25. In addition to participation from the Los Angeles and Santa Monica JAMS Society Chapters, the JAMS Sacramento Chapter will also work to raise money for the Sacramento Food Bank.

“Food from the Bar is a wonderful campaign that supports a very important cause,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “JAMS is honored to participate and help fight childhood hunger in Los Angeles, Sacramento and beyond.”

To donate to the JAMS team in Southern California, please click here.

Learn How to Manage Your First Arbitration

JAMS, along with the College of Commercial Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center University of Houston Law School, and the Houston Bar Association ADR Section present “Managing Your First Arbitration.” This event will take place November 18 in Houston, Texas.

Corporate counsel, business officials and arbitrators new to arbitration will learn to resolve client disputes and control the arbitration process from start to finish, including managing the hearing and enforcement of the award.

JAMS  neutral,  Zela (Zee) G. Claiborne, Esq. will also speak on arbitration hearings, including types of hearings, testimonial evidence, expert testimony and much more.

For more information or to register, visit www.aaauonline.org.