School of Law to Host Arkansas ADR Commission April 6-7
Posted on April 1, 2009
The Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Commission will hold a two-day meeting at the University of Arkansas School of Law on April 6-7. It also will meet with members of the law school, the bar, and the community at 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 6, in room 339 of the Leflar Law Center.
The Commission, including Commissioner Robert Moberly, University of Arkansas Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, will participate in a panel discussion and answer questions about the role of mediation in Arkansas.
The ADR Commission was created by the Arkansas Legislature in 1995 to administer the Arkansas court-sponsored mediation program. Courts have authority to require mediation before trial, and the commission is charged with establishing rules for such mediation, Moberly said.
The Commission has established standards for mediator certification, training programs, and professional conduct, including disciplinary procedures. It also is directed to promote alternative dispute resolution and to provide education to the courts, government agencies, and the general public.
In addition to Moberly, the ADR Commission is comprised of six other volunteer members who are experienced in alternative dispute resolution: Chairman Sid McCollum, former Circuit Judge in Benton County; Tim Boe, Rose Law Firm; Ken Gallant, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law professor; Robert Hornberger, Fort Smith; Ed Nelson, North Little Rock; and Kathy Searcy, Little Rock.