Federal and Non-Profit ADR Resources
Federal Government Resources
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Seattle District Office, Mediation Program
"Mediation is offered by the Seattle Office (NW Region) of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as an alternative to the traditional investigative or litigation process. The decision to mediate is completely voluntary for the charging party and the employer." Other Federal EEOC ADR resources.
"The Portland Alternative Dispute Resolution/Shared Neutrals Program is a cooperative arrangement between diverse federal, county, state and other local agencies in the Pacific Northwest region. Each member agency makes a reciprocal agreement to submit requests for alternative dispute resolution services and to share resources cooperatively. It operates under the umbrella of the Oregon Federal Executive Board."
ADR and Settlement in the Federal District Courts a sourcebook for judges & lawyers (pdf)
"This sourcebook describes in detail how each court's ADR and settlement procedures function. It also provides information for judges who design and refer cases to dispute resolution programs, for lawyers and clients who face increasingly complex dispute resolution choices and requirements in the federal district courts, and for policy makers who study programs and make recommendations for the future."
The 9th Circuit Demonstration Project.
"In cooperation with the Western Justice Center Foundation and the U.S. District Court in Oregon, the US Institute for Environmental Conflict resolution has been conducting a pilot program for environmental mediation in the Oregon federal court. Six cases have gone into mediation through the pilot, which is using a panel of Oregon-based neutrals. The project has been coordinated in Oregon by Elaine Hallmark, an attorney-mediator based in Portland, who has reviewed more than 30 cases for possible referral to mediation."
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services
"For over 50 years, FMCS has promoted sound and stable labor-management relations by providing mediation assistance in contract negotiation disputes between employers and their unionized employees. FMCS also provides: Collective Bargaining Dispute mediation -- when a third-party neutral assists two sides in reaching agreement - is a key collective bargaining tool. Dispute Resolution System Design - Customized systems for better organizational management of conflict and its resolution. Grievance Mediation - Resolving workplace grievances before they go to arbitration. Public Policy & Negotiated Rule Making - Mediation services designed to facilitate open and inclusive rule-making and regulatory-setting processes by government agencies. Workplace Mediation- Mediation services designed to address employer/employee disputes focused on equal employment opportunity, age discrimination and other issues outside the scope of collective bargaining."
Air Force ADR Program
"The Air Force ADR Program is the exemplar program in the federal government, having received numerous awards for its efforts to bring resolution to costly and time-consuming disputes. The Air Force ADR Program's accomplishments are clearly in line with President Bush's mandate to deliver better results to the American people by driving down the cost of government and making government more citizen-centered and market-oriented."
ADR policy in Federal Contracting
Electronic Guide To Federal Procurement ADR
Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group
"Congress and the President established the Working Group to coordinate, promote, and facilitate the effective use of ADR in the government, pursuant to the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996 (pdf) and a White House Presidential Memorandum. This website contains resources to assist government employees and private citizens who use ADR in federal disputes, and to support."
Confidentiality in Federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs (pdf)
"This document contains detailed guidance on the nature and limits of confidentiality in Federal ADR programs and also includes guidelines for a statement on these issues that Federal neutrals may use in ADR proceedings. The document was created by a subcommittee of the Federal ADR Steering Committee, a group of subject matter experts from federal agencies with ADR programs. It was approved by the Federal ADR Council, a group of high-level government officials chaired by the Attorney General."
Association for Conflict Resolution
"The Association for Conflict Resolution is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution."
American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
"The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution provides its members and the public with creative leadership in the dispute resolution field by fostering diversity, developing and offering educational programs, providing technical assistance, and producing publications that promote problem-solving and excellence in the provision of dispute resolution services."
The Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
"The Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is a voluntary group of over 300 attorneys, who are members of the Bar, who support the concept that disputes need to be resolved by the participants in the most appropriate, efficient and effective manner. Many of the members of the section are mediators and arbitrators, some are judges, and all are interested in the methods which allow, to the greatest extent possible, disputants to select and be involved in the resolution of their controversies. Section members have, during the course of the Section's existence, supported training, outreach and excellence in dispute resolution skills, and have sought to link their efforts with other groups having the same interests and philosophies."
Oregon Mediation Association
"The Oregon Mediation Association is a nonprofit organization of members committed to the development, support and advocacy of mediation in the State of Oregon."
CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
"Founded in 1979 as the Center for Public Resources, CPR's mission is to spearhead innovation and promote excellence in public and private dispute resolution, and to serve as a primary multinational resource for avoidance, management and resolution of business-related and other disputes. To fulfill its mission, CPR is engaged in an integrated agenda of research and development, education, advocacy and dispute resolution."
International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
"IAP2 is an association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that effect the public interest in nations throughout the world."
National Policy Consensus Center
"The National Policy Consensus Center is a center of expertise for public leaders in addressing public policy issues using consensus-based governing models. It represents a unique partnership between Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs and the Policy Consensus Initiative (PCI). PCI and NPCC are governed by a joint Board of Directors - a nationally recognized group of state leaders and elected officials. NPCC is a part of the Hatfield School of Government at PSU."
Policy Consensus Initiative
"The Policy Consensus Initiative is a national nonprofit program working with leaders at the state level - governors, legislators, attorneys general, state agencies, and others - to establish and strengthen the use of collaborative practices in states to bring about more effective governance."
Willamette University Center for Dispute Resolution
"The Center for Dispute Resolution has earned many accolades since it's founding in 1983 on the campus of Willamette University College of Law. The Center for Dispute Resolution was the first of its kind in the western United States and serves a variety of purposes and a variety of constituencies."
University of Oregon School of Law - ADR Program
"The comprehensive ADR Program at the University of Oregon School of Law integrates dispute resolution principles and skills into many aspects of legal study. Mirroring modern practice, the study of the law of business, environmental protection, mass torts, family, labor, real estate, intellectual property, public planning, estate planning, and international law includes consideration of a range of dispute resolution concepts."
Portland State University - Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution
"The Master of Arts/Sciences Degree Program in Conflict Resolution is a theoretical and applied philosophy, as well as an interdisciplinary, professional program. The program's current areas of emphasis are: violence prevention, mediation, negotiation, facilitation, restorative justice, nonviolent social change, international conflict resolution, dispute systems design and evaluation. Graduate courses in philosophy are also offered in support of graduate programs in fields other than philosophy."
Oregon State University - Conflict Management and Negotiation Courses
The Department of Speech Communication offers a number of courses in conflict, negotiation, mediation, and peace studies.