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2 PaceLawSchoolisdedicatedtoeducatingandtrainingfuture lawyersinavarietyofAlternativeDisputeResolution( ADR) methods. PaceLawofferscurricularcoursesinwhichstudents candeveloptheirADRknowledgeandskillsinprocessessuch asarbitration, mediation, andnegotiation, aswellas extracurricularexperiencesinwhichstudentscanexplorein moredepththeirinterestinADR. Thisbrochuredescribesthese myriadcourses, researchopportunities, internships, externships, andotheractivitiesavailabletoPaceLawSchoolstudents interestedinADR. WHATISALTERNATIVEDISPUTE RESOLUTION? ADRreferstoanymethodofresolvingadisputeotherthanthrough anadversarialproceedingincourt( typicallyreferredtoas" litigation"). UseofADRinawidevarietyofcontextshasexploded, inlargepart becauseADRisoftenaquickerandlesscostlymethodforsettling disputesthanmoreformallitigation. PartiescanuseADRtoresolvedisputesinvirtuallyanyfieldoflaw including, amongothers, commercialandcontractlaw, educationlaw, environmentallaw, familylaw, insurancelaw, internationallaw, labor andemploymentlaw, andsecuritieslaw. ADRismostoftenconducted withtheassistanceofaneutralthirdpartyprofessionalwhomaybe butisnotnecessarilyalawyer.

3 TYPESOFALTERNATIVEDISPUTERESOLUTION ThemostcommonlyutilizedADRmechanismsarenegotiation, mediation, neutral evaluation, andarbitration. NEGOTIATION Negotiationisaprocessinwhichparties attempttoresolvetheirdisputeswithout theassistanceofathirdpartyneutral. The resolutionisnotfinalandbindingunless thepartieshavesignedasettlement agreementmemorializingtheircompromise. MEDIATION Inmediation, aspeciallytrainedneutral thirdparty( mediator) helpsdisputants identifyissues, clarifyperceptions, and exploreoptionsforamutuallyacceptable outcome. Ingeneral, mediatorsdonotoffer theirownopinionsregardinglikelycourt outcomesorthemeritsofthecase. Instead, mediatorsfacilitatetheparties'settlement discussionbyfocusingontheparties' interestsratherthantheirlegalpositions, anddevelopingcreativesolutions. ARBITRATION Arbitrationisabinding, adversarialprocess inwhichthedisputingpartieschooseoneor moretrainedneutrals( arbitrators) tohear theirdisputeandtorenderafinaldecision ( an" award") afterahearing. NEUTRALEVALUATION NeutralEvaluationisanon- binding, confidentialprocessinwhichaneutralthird partywithsubjectmatterexpertisehears abbreviatedargumentsandoffersan evaluationoflikelyoutcomesinaneffortto promotesettlement. Theneutralevaluator mayalsoprovidecaseplanningguidance andsettlementassistancewiththeparties' consent. Thisprocessisavaluable supplementtojudicialcasemanagement becauseitofferspartiesconfidential assessmentofthestrengthsandweaknesses oftheircase. AttorneystypicallyplayaroleinADRprocesses, dependinguponthenatureofthe disputeandthetypeofprocess. Insomeprocesses, attorneysaccompanyclientsand participateeitherascounselorsorasadvocates. Inothers, attorneysmayserveasa " neutral" whoseroleistohelppartiesresolvethedisputeandwhoarenotassociated withoneparticularsideofthedispute. Finally, somelawyersareinvolvedinADR organizationsasprogrambuilders/ administratorsratherthanaspractitioners themselves. VirtuallyalllawyerssignificantlyinvolvedinADRhavepursuedatleast someformalADRtraining.