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Alternative Dispute Resolution News

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Posted on: Jan 15, 2021

Looking to find your next great law clerk or show your support for diversity in our community? Employer and sponsor registration is now open for the 2021 Diversity Job Fair!

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020

It can be very difficult for those of us who both litigate and mediate to transition back and forth. The language we use in litigation can be very counter-productive in the mediation process. This article from Family Lawyer Magazine that discusses how we can use language to more effectively mediate. Hopefully, it will help us all think about the words we use not only in the mediation process but any form of settlement negation.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2020

The focus of the article is on ODR and virtual mediations in family law during COVID-19 and beyond. It looks at both the benefits and potential issues with the use of virtual mediation. Although this article specifically discusses family law, I believe the points addressed apply in civil mediations as well.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2020

The Indiana Supreme Court handed down an Order Suspending Jury Trials statewide until March 1, 2021, citing the need for drastic measures as COVID-19 continues to surge. In-person jury trials pose an exceptional risk to everyone involved—even if every precaution is taken.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2020

The four magistrates–Marie Kern, Tiffany Vivo, Patricia McMath and Tara Melton–have been approved by the General Term of the court.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2020

It's the season of giving and even during the hardships of 2020, generous sponsors, bidders and donors helped the Indianapolis Bar Foundation raise over $26,000 during IndyBar's Giving, this year's online silent auction to benefit the programs and initiatives of the foundation.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2020

2020 has been (and no doubt will continue to be) like riding a roller coaster in a hurricane. Fortunately, for the IndyBar, we have a committed membership that has responded in amazing ways. While the pandemic will affect the practice of law for years to come, we can all be proud of the work our association did to respond in positive and uplifting ways. In a non-COVID year, we would typically recognize our IndyBar award winners at our annual Recognition Breakfast — typically a packed event with comradery and good cheer. Like many things this year, we will recognize our award winners in different (but no less important) ways.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2020

All of us who attend or conduct mediation on a regular basis soon come to realize that pessimism is one aspect of mediation that occurs in every mediation session. We learn that if we let pessimism cause us to quit, we would never settle anything. However, pessimism on the part of the parties and their counsel (coupled with impatience) can prevent a very settleable case from being settled. 

Posted on: Nov 8, 2020

The IndyBar Pro Bono Awards honor IndyBar members who are practicing lawyers, retired lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, and law students as well as local law firms who have made outstanding contributions toward delivering volunteer legal services to the poor and disadvantaged.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2020

IndyBar will be offering free wills to Indy-area residents who cannot afford an attorney on Tuesday, November 10. This offering was originally being offered exclusively to veterans in conjunction with Veteran’s Day; however, we have a few openings still available so we are opening the opportunity up to all residents subject to meeting financial requirements at 150% of the Federal Poverty guidelines.

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