At a time when litigants are sure to feel the effects of budget cuts and delays in the court system, reducing litigation costs is a result everyone should want. But can the U.S. culture of litigation ever evolve to become a culture of conflict prevention and resolution? We are committed to give it a good start, and challenge others to join us.
William H. Webster is chairman of the board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). A retired senior partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, he previously served as director of the CIA and of the FBI, and as judge of the Eighth Circuit and the Eastern District of Missouri. Kathleen A. Bryan is the president and chief executive officer for CPR. She was previously head of worldwide litigation for the former Motorola Inc.