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CRIMINAL JUSTICE Section responds to a member survey of needs A survey of the membership of the American Bar Association Section on Criminal Justice, completed in spring 2004, will assist the section in meeting its members’ expectations and structure the section’s activities for 2004-2005. Most respondents (82%) indicated that they joined the section to receive timely information on criminal justice issues. In furthering this goal, the section will reorganize its quarterly newsletter to include state and federal legislative criminal law issues, while continuing to highlight information about section activities. Members will also have the opportunity to join a section listserv, providing them regular updates on practice developments throughout the country. The listserv will draw on information gathered by the section staff and submitted by section members. Fifty-four percent of the respondents said they joined the section to receive the section’s quarterly magazine, Criminal Justice. Its high readership (95%) and satisfaction (84%) reinforce continuing its format of brief “practice-oriented” articles on emerging criminal law issues. Respondents frequently indicated that they had a desire to participate in the section’s continuing legal education offerings. Forty percent of the respondents indicated that white-collar crime (a largely national area of practice) is their highest area of expertise, and 48% of the respondents indicated they have attended the section’s White Collar Crime National Institute program. The section’s White Collar Crime Committee will ensure that the section continues to meet this membership need by producing the annual programs on white- collar crime (Las Vegas, March 2005) and health care fraud (May 2005). The section will also partner with the American Bankers Association to present the Annual Seminar on Money Laundering in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 24-26, 2004. The White Collar Crime Committee is also working on a video broadcasting network so its many regional programs can be viewed by lawyers throughout the country. The section’s 15 substantive committees are aggressively pursuing membership involvement in 2004-2005 and working on a wide range of policy development initiatives to meet survey respondents’ desire to promote improvements in the criminal justice system (51%). ‘Blakely’ developments One high-profile issue to be examined will be questions arising from the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on criminal sentencing in Blakely v. Washington, 124 S. Ct. 2531 (2004). The section will also be awaiting the argument and decision in Kowalski v. Tesmer, No. 03-407, in which the ABA filed a brief developed through the efforts of the section’s Amicus Briefs Committee, and Roper v. Simmons, No. 03-633, related to capital punishment for juveniles. The section was a co-sponsor of the request that the ABA file an amicus brief in that case. The Criminal Justice Standards Committee will be finalizing its work in developing standards on biological evidence and prosecutorial investigations. The section will publish a resource booklet on victim restitution developed by the Victims Committee. That committee will also begin a re-examination and update of the child-witness guidelines developed by the section in the 1980s. The Rules of Criminal Procedure and Evidence Committee will review proposed changes to federal rules developed by the Judicial Conference of the United States and will provide any necessary comments by February 2005. The Race and Racism Committee will seek to initiate a survey and assessment of existing diversity training programs for lawyers and judges. The Defense Function Committee will monitor introduced congressional legislation that may impair defendants’ rights and the adversarial criminal trial process. The Ad Hoc Innocence Committee will consider efforts to implement policy resolutions it developed that the section is submitting to the House of Delegates (scientific evidence, prosecution practices, ineffective defense counsel, law enforcement and eyewitness testimony) for its consideration in August 2004, and three resolutions (informants, systemic remedies and compensation for innocents) are being submitted for its consideration in February 2005. The section will also be much involved in ABA-wide efforts related to criminal justice. These include the American Jury Project, an ABA presidential initiative of Robert J. Grey Jr., and the implementation efforts on corrections and sentencing arising out of the report of the ABA Justice Kennedy Commission. Catherine L. Anderson, a judge in the Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota, is the incoming chair of the Section on Criminal Justice. LITIGATION Standards for mediators, CLE and publishing With more than 70,000 members, the Section of Litigation is among the most active sections of the ABA. Through its council, along with 80 combined committees and task forces, the section continues to be an outspoken voice for litigators in the profession throughout the ABA and in our society. The publications of the section, which include Litigation, Litigation News, Litigation Update and our many committee newsletters of journal quality, provide scholarly information relevant to trial lawyers and timely information about cutting-edge issues facing the profession. The section also has one of the ABA’s most active book-publishing boards. This year we anticipate publishing four to six new titles on subjects dealing with all aspects of trial practice as well as the highly anticipated Trial Notebook IV by Professor James W. McElhaney, whose work on advocacy skills graces each issue of Litigation and the ABA Journal. The next generation The section is also dedicated to creating opportunities for young lawyers to gain experience and trial skills through the highly successful Young Lawyers Leadership Program, which each year provides scholarships to a select group from the Young Lawyers to introduce them into the section leadership. Our Young Lawyers Training and Outreach Committee also offers training for young advocates. The section is extremely proud of its Judicial Intern Opportunity Program which, in the last two years, has placed more than 150 law students from law schools across the country in summer internships with state and federal judges in Houston and Chicago. The interns in this program are minorities or are financially disadvantaged students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work for a judge for the summer. Having conducted the widely publicized Symposium on the Vanishing Trial this past year, the section will now study the effectiveness of mediation to settle disputes and also seek to establish ethical standards for mediators. Other issues on the section’s agenda will include a study on the use and effectiveness of time limits on trials, which is an innovation that is part of the section’s Civil Trial Practice Standards. Progress on jury service The section is honored to have been asked by incoming ABA President Robert J. Grey Jr. to participate in the American Jury Project. Together with leaders from the Section of Criminal Justice and the Judicial Division, the section is co-chairing this major presidential initiative. President Grey has brought together a group of judges, academics and practitioners to develop Standards For Jury Service, which will be presented to the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Mid-Year Meeting in Salt Lake City in February 2005. The image of the profession continues to be a concern to litigators and lawyers in all practice areas. Our Image of the Profession Task Force will continue to reach out to the broadcast and print media to establish a dialogue on the role of the media and attorneys, focusing on reporting the outstanding work of dedicated lawyers throughout the profession in representing people of all walks of life, including the poor and under-represented. Through the work of our members, our great publications, our continuing legal education programs and the many ongoing projects of our committees and task forces, the Section of Litigation will continue to fulfill its mission: To provide our members with the resources and opportunities to be effective, competent and ethical advocates on behalf of their clients and in the eyes of the public. Dennis J. Drasco, a partner at Lum, Danzis, Drasco & Positan in Roseland, N.J., is the incoming chair of the Section of Litigation. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW Amending the Administrative Procedure Act The coming year promises to be especially busy for the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice as it pursues its three core objectives: providing opportunities for professional development; improving government administration and regulation at all levels; and providing a congenial forum for its members to accomplish the first two goals. In addition to the usual array of continuing legal education (CLE) programs, publications and law-improvement proposals on the section’s plate, several planned activities warrant special highlighting because they demonstrate the wide-ranging interests, talents and ambitions of the section’s members. Gathering in Washington In October, we will hold our annual Administrative Law Conference in Washington. This event is the nation’s premier conference on regulatory affairs. There will be cutting-edge CLE programs addressing a variety of areas, ranging from communications law to environmental law to campaign finance to banking and securities regulation, along with other programs focusing on topics of agency-wide interest, such as developments in electronic rulemaking and Office of Management and Budget agency oversight. High-ranking executive branch officials, along with judges Raymond Randolph and Merrick Garland of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, will deliver major addresses. A special program will be held in the U.S. Supreme Court courtroom featuring former solicitors general Theodore Olson, Seth Waxman, Walter Dellinger and Charles Fried discussing the shaping of the government’s litigation positions. The conference will conclude with a dinner at the Supreme Court hosted by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In spring 2005, the section will launch a major new CLE initiative-the first Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice National Institute, a day-and-a-half practice-oriented program on the topic, “Making Agency Law Through Rulemaking.” This program will provide practitioners, agency counsel and industry representatives with the knowledge and techniques to navigate the agency rule-making process from start to finish. In succeeding years, the institute will focus in a practice-oriented way on other aspects of the administrative process, such as agency adjudication and judicial review. Proposal to amend the APA We are at work this year is a proposal to amend the adjudication provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which have remained virtually unchanged since the statute’s 1946 enactment. In its current draft form, the amendments would require that various types of adjudicatory hearings that are conducted by presiding officers rather than administrative law judges, and currently not subject to the panoply of APA trial-type procedural requirements, be subject to such protections. The proposal would amend the APA definition of “rule” so that agency actions of general application would be treated as a rule and agency actions of particular applicability would be treated as adjudication. And it would establish as a default the applicability of the full-fledged APA procedural protections whenever Congress passes legislation calling for evidentiary hearings without providing otherwise. The section is currently seeking comment on its proposal from interested parties. Finally, we are launching an ambitious two-year project to study the administrative law of the European Union. This project will produce a black-letter statement of E.U. administrative law, along with supporting scholarly studies examining E.U. regulatory practice relating to various industry sectors. The ultimate objective, of course, in this increasingly interconnected world, is to gain a better understanding of the ways in which E.U. administrative law affects U.S. businesses and the broader public. Randolph J. May, chair-elect of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, is a senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation in Washington. BUSINESS LAW Reaching out to law schools and young lawyers The section of business Law will continue its focus on delivering the latest business law developments “before your clients ask; before your competition answers.” Keeping our membership current over the broad spectrum of business law topics is what we do best. In the coming year we will continue to improve and enhance the benefits of Section of Business Law membership. The current benefits will only get better: the Business Lawyer, the section’s in-depth flagship journal; Business Law Today, our concise magazine with current business law topics published six times a year; and now eSource, delivering the best of the Section of Business Law articles and other resources directly to members’ desktops monthly. Several new initiatives will be launched this year. One is based on institutionalizing what has been a valued benefit of section participation. Many of us recall the excitement of working elbow to elbow with the stars of our business law practice areas under the umbrella of the Business Law Section. We are endeavoring to ensure the continued flow of such luminaries into the section by selecting each year, for a two-year term, three “Business Law Advisors.” They are outstanding practitioners, academics, government lawyers or judges who will play a visible role in the section, giving section members the opportunity to meet and learn from icons of the law. A second initiative is the establishment in the section of the Young Lawyers Forum. Every section member who is under the age of 40 or has been in practice less than 10 years will automatically be a member of the forum, which will act as a center of gravity for newer lawyers to transition into the work of the section and its committees. In addition to assisting established section committees with fundamental projects, the forum will also address topics such as career opportunities, smart business travel and rainmaking. There will also be an emphasis on fun. Another “home” will be created in the section for judges who are interested in the section’s subject matters. A new committee of the section will provide a section roosting point for judges, welcoming them and providing a formal opportunity for participation in section activities. Improving law-school ties A fourth initiative seeks to bring a greater awareness of the business law practice to the classroom and to create stronger bonds between section practitioners and law schools. The goal is to use practicing business lawyers to team-teach a unit in a traditional law school class, in order to illustrate real-life business law practice. Thus, for example, a corporate lawyer might team-teach a portion of a contracts course relating to contract formation, with the practitioner using a particular transaction as the focus of the discussion, which the practitioner would develop with the professor. A fifth initiative is an examination of the role and uses of paralegals by business lawyers, which will seek to identify best practices and to offer suggestions to business lawyers on how to better serve our clients by most appropriately utilizing the services of business paralegals. Finally, we will be looking at ways to work better with law firms-to enhance the mutually advantageous relationship between the section and the firms that encourage their members to serve the profession and the public through active participation in section work. A nationwide network There is a lot on our plate this year-something for everyone. By joining the section and a committee, one can develop a nationwide network of business colleagues and be on the inside track for keeping abreast of developments in one’s area of business law practice. The best way to take advantage of section membership is to join a section committee that aligns with one’s substantive area of practice. From antitrust to venture capital and everything in between, membership in a section committee focuses resources, enabling us to drill down and provide assistance (including, in many cases, a substantive online newsletter) in our members’ specific areas of expertise. The amount of time members devote is up to them. The section will be in Atlanta from Aug. 6 to Aug. 10. Visit our Web site at www.abanet.org/buslaw. Barbara Mendel Mayden, a member of Bass, Berry & Sims in its Nashville, Tenn., office, is the chair-elect of the Section on Business Law. LABOR & EMPLOYMENT A tradition of diverse education to continue The section of Labor and Employment Law is home to more than 22,000 active practitioners. As one of the five largest ABA sections, the Section of Labor and Employment Law is the home to practitioners representing employers, employees, labor unions, state and federal government entities and academicians. The backbones of the section are its 21 standing committees that focus on the sub-specialties handled by labor and employment lawyers, including: alternative dispute resolution in labor and employment law; development of the law under the National Labor Relations Act; Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation/employee benefits; employee rights and responsibilities; equal employment opportunity law; ethics and professional responsibility; immigration law; international labor law; occupational safety and health law; practice and procedure under the National Labor Relations Act; railway and airline labor law; sports and entertainment labor law; and technology. Standing committee meetings The section’s standing committees hold their own midwinter meetings during the January to April time frame in which practitioners in these subspecialties have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their colleagues, opponents, and others who share an interest in their particular expertise. These midwinter standing-committee meetings provide unparalleled continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities as the experts in the field discuss the law. The Section of Labor and Employment Law is the source of significant publications in the multifaceted field of labor and employment law, including treatises on subjects as wide-ranging as covenants not to compete; the developing labor law; how arbitration works; employee benefits law; employment discrimination law; fair labor standards act law; international labor laws; occupational safety and health law; the Railway Labor Act; and tortious interference in the employment context. These publications are written by the section’s standing committees and are available at substantial discounts for section members. Other advantages of section membership include participation in CLE programming not available elsewhere. The section is one of the foremost purveyors of CLE in the labor and employment field. Among the pilot programs launched by the section are “Basics” programs at the ABA Annual Meeting, and regional Basics programs held throughout the country. The regional Basics programs are live programs that teach practitioners the background and learning blocks in the major areas our lawyers handle. Among the Basics programs have been entry-level programs dealing with practice issues related to equal employment opportunity law, the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The section regularly sponsors teleconferences on the latest developments in our area. Those teleconferences have focused on the latest U.S. Supreme Court cases in the field and other trendsetting developments. From August 2004 to August 2005, the section will continue to focus on CLE activities. Additionally, the section will continue to implement its diversity plan to bring more minorities and women into leadership positions within the section. Another area of focus will be the inclusion of greater numbers of in-house counsel, employed by companies and labor unions, in section activities. Finally, there will be an emphasis on technology as a way to provide greater opportunities for all practitioners to work more seamlessly and efficiently. The next year promises to be an exciting one for the Section of Labor and Employment Law. As chair of the section, I hope to welcome each of you personally to section activities. Howard Shapiro is chair-elect of the Section of Labor and Employment Law. He is the office managing partner in the New Orleans office of Kansas City, Mo.-based Shook, Hardy, & Bacon. REAL PROPERTY, PROBATE Mentoring young lawyers, better communications Improving service to its members, the profession as a whole and the public is a main goal of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the ABA. During the coming year, we will be implementing the recommendations of our Revitalization Task Force, particularly with respect to significantly increasing the activities of our substantive groups and committees by bringing back some of our section’s “luminaries” to chair the groups, require each group to present educational programs twice a year and otherwise create a “critical mass” of interested members. Improved communication with related professions, such as certified public accountants and title or trust companies, is likely to mean better coordination among clients’ core advisory groups, and, therefore, better service from each member of those groups. As a result, we also are developing ideas to help enhance interaction between complementary professions. We recognize the need to continue to grow our section and pass on our expertise. As a result, we are considering several means of identifying and mentoring young lawyers and students as future real property, probate and trust practitioners. The section also will endeavor to improve operations and internal communications within the Probate and Trust Division in several ways. First, we will update our group and committee Web pages so they truly are the go-to resource on real property, probate and trust developments. The group vice chairs will oversee this process. We also will better utilize Internet resources to carry out the operations of the section. With regard to the section’s internal operations and communications, we will improve the interaction between the divisions and the standing committees. Among the ways we can engender this process is to add a pictorial section to the leadership directory. Last, it is important to improve the benefits of active membership in the section. We will do this in a number of ways, including devoting a significant portion of our meetings to enhancing council members’ organizational and substantive knowledge and skills; continuing to enhance the section’s continuing legal education programs, particularly the Joint Fall Meeting; continuing to provide high-quality section publications; providing a forum to examine a means of dealing with the changing climate for the practice of our areas of law; and developing other revenue sources to permit the continued growth of our programs. Edward F. Koren, chair-elect of the Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, is a partner and chair of Holland & Knight’s private wealth services section. He is based in Tampa and Lakeland, Fla. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Taking on fee diversion at PTO The section of Intellectual Property Law is the largest association of intellectual property attorneys in the world, with a membership of about 21,000. The section has a history of active participation in shaping intellectual property policy, rules, statutes and case law. I have several goals for the 2004-2005 year, as follows: PTO Fee Diversion. For the last decade or so, the U.S. Department of Commerce has diverted about $800 million, according to some computations, from fees paid by users of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to other agencies within the Department of Commerce. This money was intended to be used for operations of the PTO. Because of this diversion, the PTO has not been able to fund many essential services necessary to maintain a high-quality patent office search-and-examination program, and to carry on the process of examining and issuing patents in a timely manner. Some PTO programs have been curtailed or postponed as a result of lack of sufficient funds. A primary goal of the section this year will be to seek an end to patent-fee diversion. This issue has also been the subject of one of the ABA’s top 10 legislative initiatives for the last two years. Diversity. The ABA and the section have always tried to maintain a goal of having a diverse membership of active members and leaders. Next year, we will implement a diversity plan which is designed to produce measurable positive results by year end to improve the diversity of membership and leadership, especially with respect to women, minorities, corporate practitioners and young lawyers. Membership. The ABA is one of the most powerful and influential organizations of attorneys in this country. The section next year will make a special effort to use the power and influence of the ABA to increase the size and stature of the intellectual property practitioners in this fine organization. We will implement several programs to increase membership of the section by a substantial number by year end. Some governance changes Governance and control. For years, the section has operated as an extremely democratic organization-with grassroots studies being performed by committees, and resolutions of proposed positions of the section being drafted and redrafted to conform to specific rules and procedures that often have caused resolutions on important issues to be stalled in committee for unreasonably long periods of time. This process, although beneficial in many ways, has sometimes resulted in untimely and inefficient operation. This year, I hope to implement changes to give more control and administrative governance to the Council of the Intellectual Property Law Section. In this manner, the section can be more responsive to the need for taking positions more quickly and responsively so that the full power and influence of the section can be realized. Patent law reform. The National Academy of Science (NAS) has completed a four-year study of the U.S. patent system. The NAS delivered a final report recently, which proposes comprehensive and sweeping substantive changes to the U.S. patent system. The section will analyze the many changes proposed by NAS and work to implement those changes that are deemed by the section to improve the patent system. These are only a few of the many goals of the section for the coming year. William L. LaFuze is the incoming chair of the Section of Intellectual Property Law. LaFuze is a partner in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins, where he is co-section head of the intellectual property law/technical litigation section. TAXATION A simpler code, new disciplinary standards The section of taxation in the coming year will focus on pending tax legislation before Congress, continuing efforts to simplify the Internal Revenue Code and achievement of high standards for tax practice. Tax section committees, through the years, have provided insightful comments on enacted legislation to assist the U.S. Department of the Treasury in promulgating the new regulations and other guidance necessary to implement a major tax bill. Comments on the new legislation will be available as they are filed on the section’s Web site at www.abanet.org/tax. Toward simplifying the code Together with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tax Executives Institute, the section will continue efforts to identify provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and regulations that could be simplified. All groups involved in this effort believe that simpler, clearer rules not only make compliance easier and less burdensome, but also prevent abuse by making noncompliance based on hypertechnical readings of the rules more difficult. We hope to work closely with Capitol Hill staffs and the Department of the Treasury during the intersession between congresses later this year to identify specific and enactable simplification provisions. The section has been actively involved in the Treasury Department’s efforts to revise Circular 230, which provides disciplinary standards for practitioners who appear before the Internal Revenue Service. Section comments have addressed the extent to which the new rules should cover informal opinions, what constitutes marketing and the extent to which supervisors in a tax-practice firm should be subject to discipline for breaches of the rules by those they supervise. These important regulatory revisions are expected to become final later this year, and the section will sponsor programs and publish commentary to assist practitioners in complying with the new rules. In addition, former tax section chair Paul Sax heads an ABA-wide task force that will address whether ABA opinion standards in the area of tax practice should be revised and updated. Through its Young Lawyers Forum and Diversity Committee, the tax section seeks to encourage all tax lawyers to participate in the section’s work. Access to both groups is available through the section’s Web site. These groups provide a user-friendly introduction to the section’s wide-ranging programs of continuing legal education, interaction with senior tax officials and commentary on developing law and regulations. A broad range of tax section comments on pending legislation and regulations are available on the section’s Web site. Two outstanding recent examples are: An extensive report developed in coordination with other sections of the ABA and other professional organizations addressing the structural and technical issues that will have to be addressed in connection with revision or repeal of the federal estate and gift tax provisions. The report does not recommend what fundamental policy decisions Congress should make, but it comprehensively analyzes the consequences and technical issues that would have to be addressed for each of the significant alternatives that have been identified. An executive summary as well as the full text of the report will be published in the fall 2004 issue of the Tax Lawyer. The report of the section’s Task Force on Judicial Deference, published in the spring 2004 issue of the Tax Lawyer, analyzes the growing body of case law addressing whether and to what extent courts should defer to regulations rulings, and other administrative guidance and analyses. It reviews the different processes involved in the adoption of different forms of guidance and analyzes whether these process differences should affect the level of deference accorded. Kenneth W. Gideon is the incoming chair of the Section of Taxation and a partner in the Washington office of New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. ADR Seeking order out of states’ chaos Twenty years ago, the field of dispute resolution was in its infancy in the United States. At that time, the American Bar Association’s involvement in mediation and arbitration consisted of a standing committee with a dozen or so members. Today, with more than 9,000 members, including many from backgrounds other than law, the Section of Dispute Resolution is recognized nationally and internationally for its leadership in the field. Indeed, the section is among the fastest-growing entities in the ABA, and our annual spring conference, with more than 1,350 attendees this year, has become an essential gathering place for mediators and arbitrators. Among the section’s most important recent initiatives are three landmark developments: First, the Uniform Mediation Act, drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) in collaboration with the section, seeks to bring order out of the chaos of more than 2,500 state statutes governing mediation. The act has been adopted in Illinois and Nebraska and has been introduced in eight other states. (The act’s text is available at www.nccusl.org.) Second, the section played a role in advising NCCUSL about recent revisions to the Uniform Arbitration Act, which have been enacted in nine states and introduced in eight more. These revisions address the use of discovery, summary disposition of claims (such as motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment), the availability of provisional remedies in court, arbitral immunity, punitive damages and disclosure of conflicts of interest by arbitrators-none of which were addressed in the original act. Updated arbitrator ethics Third, the section led the way, along with the American Arbitration Association (AAA), in updating the Code of Ethics for Arbitrators in Commercial Disputes. The American Arbitration Association-American Bar Association Code, recently adopted by the ABA House of Delegates and the AAA, provides clearer guidance about neutrality for arbitrators on three-arbitrator panels, and new rules concerning advertising by arbitrators, disclosures of conflicts and representation of parties. Each of these three measures helps to modernize dispute resolution. In the year ahead, the section will embark on yet another vital collaboration. In conjunction with the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the section will seek to implement a program of mediator certification, establishing a standard of basic competence in mediation. The section is already at work, along with ACR and the AAA, on updating the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Mediator certification is the next logical step in helping to assure quality in the practice of mediation. Pro bono and diversity During my year as chair of the section, I intend to promote several other priorities as well: increased pro bono work in the area of dispute resolution, such as community mediation programs; continued efforts to increase the diversity of our section and its leadership; creation of an ethics panel to respond to questions from mediators and arbitrators; more public education about dispute resolution techniques; and encouraging more proactive use of such techniques in resolving public controversies. The section’s philosophy is to create a “big tent” for dispute resolvers of all backgrounds, and we encourage lawyers, mediators and arbitrators to join us there ( www.abanet.org/dispute). David A. Hoffman is a mediator, arbitrator and attorney at Boston Law Collaborative. He is the incoming chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. Hoffman can be reached via www.BostonLawCollaborative.com.

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