Harvard Negotiation Law Review 2012 Symposium
On Saturday, February 25, 2012, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review held its annual symposium. This year’s symposium focused on the question, “Does ADR Work?: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution.” The keynote speaker was Carrie Menkel-Meadow, A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure at the Georgetown University Law Center and Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California at Irvine School of Law.
Panel one, “Co-optation of ADR: Has it Become ‘Cheap Justice’?” looked into the complicated balancing act between fairness, public accountability, and cost, and whether the parties’ interests are appropriately addressed. Panelists included: Howard Gadlin (National Institutes of Health); Lawrence Susskind (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Rory Van Loo (Harvard Law School); and Nancy Welsh (Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law).
Panel two, “ADR in the Criminal Justice System” examined the appropriateness of various ADR methods in the criminal justice system (plea bargaining, restorative circles, victim-offender mediation, and problem solving courts), how well they are working, and how they can be optimized to serve society’s interest. Panelists included: Julian Adler (Red Hook Community Justice Center); Eric Blumenson (Suffolk University Law School); David Breen (Boston University School of Law); Christopher Dearborn (Suffolk University Law School); and Michael Sullivan (Ashcroft Group and Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts).
Panel three, “Quantitative and Qualitative Methods of Evaluating ADR” asked the questions: can the effectiveness of ADR be evaluated and measured and are quantitative or qualitative measures the appropriate method of evaluation? Panelists included: Robert Bordone (Harvard Law School); Dwight Golann (Suffolk University Law School); D. James Greiner (Harvard Law School); Janet Martinez (Stanford Law School); Carrie Menkel-Meadow (Georgetown University Law Center and University of California at Irvine School of Law).
The 2012 Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium was sponsored by the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Fund, the Program of Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. Videos for each panel and the keynote lecture can be found on the HNLR site or the HNMCP site.