Public Policy

Research and Support
The Center on Dispute Resolution has provided research and other support to two groups charged with examining the use of ADR in the state and federal court systems. The Connecticut Bar Association Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution in the Courts has, with the center's assistance, been working to develop recommendations and proposals to enhance the use of ADR in Connecticut state courts. The Advisory Committee on the Connecticut U.S. District Court's Dispute Resolution Plan has similarly been working to consider and make recommendations on goals and characteristics of a formal ADR plan to implement the Federal ADR Act. Center staff serve as members of and academic advisors to these groups, while Quinnipiac law students have performed legal and historical research and analysis.

The Center on Dispute Resolution has been instrumental in advancing the use of mediation in child protection matters in the state of Connecticut. In 2014, the center will be hosting its second workshop on Mediation Advocacy in Child Protection Mediation to better meet the interests of those involved in such matters. 

Committees and Boards
Center staff members share their expertise by serving on regional and national mediation committees and boards. Jennifer Gerarda Brown chaired the Speziale ADR Symposium planning committed for the Connecticut Bar Foundation from 1998-2012; moving forward Charlie Pillsbury will chair this committee. Carolyn Kaas is co-founder of the Connecticut Mediation Network (now Connecticut Medation, Inc.) and has spearheaded the child advocacy training program. Charlie Pillsbury serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Connecticut Bar Association; the Association for Conflict Resolution; and the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution.

In 2010, Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Carolyn Kaas and Charlie Pillsbury delivered a presentation on mediation as part of a three-day conference in León, Nicaragua. The presentation was organized by the School of Law's International Human Rights Law Society.

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