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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section

Section History
The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section was founded on April 22, 1995, originally called the Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution (CoManDR) Section, when the Board of Governors of the Minnesota State Bar Association approved its bylaws.  The Section was established in response to the increasing use of ADR in Minnesota and Minnesota General Ruile of Practice 114 which required  consideration of ADR in civil matters. That mandate, has since been expanded to encompass family law matters.
The Section’s stated purpose is to: (1) promote the work of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) in the field of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution; and (2) improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the cause of ADR in the State of Minnesota.
Unlike other sections of the MSBA, membership in the ADR Section is not limited to MSBA members, but includes “any interested member of the public” as Minnesota does not require qualified neutrals to be attorneys.  This is a significant departure from other MSBA sections, and it encourages all neutrals in the State of Minnesota to actively participate in the Section. 

Mission Statement
To advance and promote the field of conflict management and dispute resolution, and to improve the practice, elevate the standards, and educate practitioners, the bench and the public regarding ADR in Minnesota.

Continue programming for monthly lunch meetings; establish relationships with other MSBA sections whose members use ADR services; maintain and promote a web directory of section members; participate actively in the ADR Institute; provide education to other members of the MSBA and the public regarding the benefits of using ADR; provide commentary and collaborate with other groups on legislative and ethical issues; publicize and educate regarding key developments and opportunities in ADR.

Looking Ahead to the Future
The Section will continue to hold monthly meetings addressing topics of interest to ADR professionals and those interested in the field; monitor proposed legislation and rules affecting ADR processes; maintain on-going communications with the Joint Committee on the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators; work  closely with the ADR Review Board in ensuring the enforcement of ethical standards; provide commentary and input on proposed uniform acts; participate in the planning and presentation of the Annual ADR Institute; promote the use of ADR in federal courts; encourage collaboration with other Sections of the state bar and other ADR organizations; and encourage active participation by all individuals with an interest in the use of alternative dispute resolution.

You can obtain more information about the Section, its activities, and the benefits of membership by contacting one of its members.

View Promulgation of Amendments to the MN General Rules of Practice

View Rule 114 01-01-2005 Amendments

View Rule 114 01-01-2005 Amendments redline version

View General Rules of Practice Committee recommendations regarding Rule 114 and other matters

Commentary on the Revised Uniform Mediation Act

View the Report on the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.

View the new Rule 114 Appendix: Code of Ethics for Neutrals.

View Comments and Recommendations on the Proposed Amendment of the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct To Allow Multidisciplinary Practice Organizations.

- last updated 10/11/2012 -

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