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Posted by: Christy Gibson on Feb 25, 2013

This year’s seminar will focus on arbitration.  One reason is because of arbitration’s increasing popularity as the “go-to” method for resolving disputes —despite that arbitration may indeed be older than civilization itself.  To be sure, primitive societies commonly submitted disputes to respected third parties, such as chiefs or elders.  That simple process underscores the essence of arbitration and its continuing popularity.

Some now assert that arbitration is looking more and more like litigation.  But regardless of whether parties pursue arbitration through a formal or an informal process, it is essential that the practitioner become as familiar as possible with arbitration’s many aspects.  And as you can see from the schedule of topics below, this year’s seminar will cover the full gambit of arbitration topics essential to the practitioner.  As Chair of the TBA’s ADR Section, I believe that this program and the accompanying materials will give advocates and arbitrators alike a broad understanding of the arbitration process.  I hope to see you there!

Stephen L. Shields, Chair