Chaired by Jackie Nolan Haley, Director of the ADR & Conflict Resolution
Program at Fordham Law School, the Education Committee has an
important agenda for the year. Fordham, which was ranked 8th in the nation by
the 2011 U.S. News & World Report for its Dispute Resolution program, is
pleased to take the lead on this important NYSBA DR Section activity.
ADR, where controversies between parties are settled outside of the
litigation process, is one of today’s most dynamic areas of legal practice. Its
significant recent growth requires a re-examination of how ADR is taught in law
schools. We are fortunate to have Steve Younger, a previous chair of the Dispute
Resolution Committee and one of those instrumental in the creation of this DR
section, as the President of the NYSBA this year. Steve has asked us to look
into the question of including ADR in the New York State bar exam.
To accomplish its goals, the committee will explore how ADR is currently
being taught in law schools in New York State. The analysis will review whether
and how ADR is included in the curriculum and what kind of extra-curricular
activities are offered to educate students about ADR. The Committee is working
on responding to research what other states are doing
on their bar exam with respect to ADR and consider whether and how ADR should be
added to the NYS bar exam.
The Committee includes in its membership professors from several of New York
State’s law schools. The Committee will be working with the Membership Committee
to develop a network of student liaisons to the DR Section across the state at
the various law schools and to offer additional ADR educational opportunities to
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