Hamline News

April 19, 2011

Dispute Resolution Institute plays major role at ABA

Hamline Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) launched the year-long celebration of its 20th Anniversary in a big way by playing a major role at the recent American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 13th Annual Spring Conference in Denver.


In addition to serving as one of the conference’s “Silver Sponsors,” DRI also hosted a Friday night reception that drew more than 100 guests, including several national leaders in the alternative dispute resolution community.


Hamline also had strong representation from its faculty at the conference, with DRI Director Sharon Press, Professor David Larson and Professor Bobbi McAdoo each making presentations. Professor Press presented Court ADR Roster Management: More Like a Stroll Through the Park or Herding Cats through a Minefield?"; Practice, Problem-Solving and Professionalism: A Better Way to Start Law School; and Certificates: The Good, The Bad, and The ?. Professor Larson presented Artificial Intelligence: Robots, Avatars, and the Demise of the Human Mediator; and, Adventure Learning: Not Everyone Gets to Play. Professor McAdoo presented Doesn't Somebody Have A Fiduciary Duty Here?; and teamed with Professor Press on Practice, Problem-Solving and Professionalism (P3): A Better Way to Start Law School.


Also on hand were Hamline faculty members who were instrumental in DRI’s success: Professors Peter Thompson and Marilynne Roberts, and DRI Senior Fellow Ken Fox. DRI’s longest-serving director, Professor James Coben, was also present to join in the festivities. The Friday reception featured each of the four leaders who have guided the Institute since its inception in 1991 -- Professors McAdoo, Coben, Larson and Press.


Much of the work in planning and executing Hamline’s presence at the conference was led by DRI Associate Director Kitty Atkins, who received outstanding support from Program Coordinator Debra Berghoff and Projects Administrator Jessica Kuchta-Miller. Dave Jarzyna, Assistant Dean for Marketing and Recruitment, also represented Hamline Law at the conference.


Also joining Hamline faculty and staff at the conference were Hamline Law students Lynn LeMoine, Ben Joslin, Joe LeBlanc and Amanda Singer. Joslin and LeBlanc teamed up to compete in the National Representation in Mediation Competition, and were coached by Professor Press and LeMoine.