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Resolving Legal Disputes in the Era of COVID-19

Thursday, May 14, 2020
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

United States

Please join us for a complimentary Webinar (Web-based seminar produced through Adobe Connect) sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and In-House and Law Firm Management Committee on Thursday, May 14, 2020 for (1) hour beginning at: 10:00 AM PDT/11:00 AM MDT/12:00 PM Noon CDT/1:00 PM EDT

This Webinar is a collaboration of the International Association of Defense Counsel and International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

Resolving Legal Disputes in the Era of COVID-19

Courts are closed. Hearings continued. Civil jury trials are months away. This is the legal world many are in given the coronavirus pandemic. While cases were backlogged and courts were trudging along even before COVID-19, the slow pace to resolving disputes will now be exacerbated. Yet, litigants and their advocates alike desire to move forward in disposing of their cases. Therefore, now, more than ever, alternative dispute resolution is the best way to resolve cases.

With Stay at Home Executive Orders in effect and social distancing expected of everyone, corporations, insurance carriers, and law firms have staff who are working from home. Attorneys, company executives, and insurance professionals are not getting in automobiles, let alone airplanes, to personally attend meetings, settlement conferences, or negotiate cases. Nevertheless, lawyers and clients who embrace technology can still effectively and efficiently – and safely – resolve cases during this pandemic through remote, online mediation and arbitration.

This Webinar will focus on:

  • The effect of COVID-19 on resolving litigated cases.
  • How arbitration can timely and fairly bring closure to ongoing legal disputes, including matters currently pending in courts or agencies.
  • Ways in which mediation will allow parties to avoid the wait for judges to re-take the bench and, instead, satisfactorily settle cases with the aid of a skilled, well-prepared neutral.
  • The tools offered by arbitration and mediation, such as procedural flexibility and inherent confidentiality, which lead to fully enforceable agreements.
  • Harnessing technology to create safe forums for both mediation and arbitration without the need for in-person hearings, testimony, or caucuses.

Allen Waxman, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, New York, New York USA

Andrew S. Chamberlin, Ellis & Winters LLP, Greensboro, North Carolina USA
Michele Riley, Arbitrator and Mediator, New York, New York USA
Gilda Turitz, TDR Turitz Dispute Resolution, San Francisco, California USA

This Webinar is the sixth in a series of complimentary Webinars the IADC will be presenting covering different aspects and effects of COVID-19 for our IADC members and clients.

For information on any upcoming Webinar, please visit the Webinar page on the IADC website.