JAMS ADR Blog by Chris Poole
In a recent podcast produced by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), Richard Birke, executive director of the JAMS Institute, and JAMS neutrals Hon. Frank Maas (Ret.) and Hon. Elizabeth White (Ret.), president elect of the NAWJ, discuss how JAMS has developed a multi-pronged strategy to offer virtual ADR to its clients. JAMS seeks to foster a virtual environment that mimics the efficiency associated with in-person hearings through enhanced security mechanisms, on-demand tech support and the ability of the parties to choose any suitable platform.
In the podcast, Judge Maas and Judge White share their ideas about the effectiveness of virtual ADR, both before the pandemic and now.
Richard Birke is a JAMS consultant and has taught dispute resolution for more than 20 years. He is a law school professor and director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at Willamette. Under his leadership, CDR has enjoyed more than a decade of high national rankings in the US and is the 2012 winner of the Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award. Mr. Birke is a two-time award-winning author, as well as an ADR neutral, consultant and trainer.