Alternative Dispute Resolution
Meeting of Board of
Thursday, November 6, 1997
Rebecca Greenlee called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m. In
attendance were Fred Dichter, Sharon Drew, Marilyn Dreger, Rebecca
Greenlee, Richard Hollern, Mary Triggiano Hunt, Larry Kahn, William
Kowalski, Sherwood Malamud, Lori Phelps, Jo Ann Prust, Eva Soeka and
John Wylie. William Jennaro also participated by phone.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of previous meeting approved.
Mary Triggiano Hunt, reported that as of September 30, 1997 the
Section's total revenues were $3,292, total expenses were $31,
carryforward was $2,159 leaving total funds available of $5,420. As of
October 1, 1997, Section membership was 227 which is three short of
total membership (230) as of 1/97.
Midwinter Convention Program
Fred Dichter reported that Kimberly Kovac will be the featured
speaker at the January midyear meeting (jointly sponsored with the
Litigation Section), however Eric Dalton cannot make it. A panel
discussion including Richard Cayo will follow. It had been originally
decided that we would be paying her $500 as a stipend. Question arose as
to whether this was an adequate amount for a nationally known speaker.
Question also arose as to what her anticipated travel expenses would be.
Fred was directed to look into whether payment of a stipend of $500 and
travel expenses were available through the State Bar's speaker's fund,
and if not, the Section would pay the difference. After further
discussion, Fred was authorized to negotiate up to $1,000 as a stipend
plus travel expenses (he to use his discretion based upon what travel
expenses amount to).
John Wylie reported that the Bar has approached our Section regarding
doing a training program for attorneys in ADR.
Jo Ann Prust reported concerning the newsletter and solicited
articles such as book reviews, article reviews, and personal
experiences. The deadline for the next newsletter is December 1, 1997.
Jo Ann also inquired whether a policy should be developed regarding
newsletter advertising of upcoming programs sponsored by both private
and non-profit sponsors. Discussion included whether we should
differentiate between advertising as a mediator vs training
opportunities. Without any policy, Jo Ann had some concern that the
newsletter could become unwieldy and full of advertising. The same
concerns may arise in terms of developing the Section's home page on the
State Bar web site. It was the consensus that the president create a
committee to formulate a policy dealing with the issue of advertising
and what notices we will publish re training sessions in both the
newsletter and on the ADR Section's home page which will be circulated
for comment to the Board.
Upcoming Convention Programs
Various topics were suggested for the June, 1998 Bar Convention
including ADR and adult guardianships, special ed, and marketing. It was
thought that perhaps consideration be given to offering alternative
workshop sessions during the same time frame. Fred Dichter was
designated the program chair; he to develop and propose the June
program. John Wylie offered to work with him.
Section Leaders Advisory Council
John Wylie reported on the Section Leaders Advisory Council meeting
which he attended representing the ADR Section. As such he sought
endorsement of the Council's actions re the proposed relocation of the
Bar Association office. Discussion on this topic was tabled. John
further reported on the status of Project Vision which is part of the
Bar Strategic Planning. Motion made, seconded and unanimously carried
adopting the mission statement as drafted by John Wylie (previously
circulated to board members) as the position of the Board.
Long-range Planning Retreat
Larry Kahn proposed the Board consider a retreat at which we could do
some long range planning. This is to be put on a future agenda. Larry
was instructed to investigate and make a proposal at the Spring meeting.
The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 29, 1998, prior
to our program.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting
was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Sharon Drew, Secretary pro tem
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