The Center for Dispute Resolution hosts conferences on a variety of topics related to dispute resolution.

We are currently planning for the next symposium. Check here in the near future for information and updates.  Please contact center co-director Charlie Pillsbury with any questions about the symposium at

The Ninth Biennial John A. Speziale Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium will be hosted by the Center and the CT Bar Foundation in Fall 2014 at the North Haven Campus. The symposium focus will be alternative dispute resolution in health care law.  

Past Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposia

2012 - Eighth Symposium:
 "ADR in Hard Times: Can Alternative Dispute Resolution Maintain Access to Justice When Resources Are Limited?"
Keynote Speaker: Professor Ethan Katsh, University of Massachusetts

2010 - Seventh Symposium:
 "Achieving the Goals of Criminal Justice: A Role for Mediation?"
Keynote Speaker: Professor Janine P. Geske, Marquette University Law School

2008 - Sixth Symposium:
"Where Have We Come? What Lies Ahead?"
Keynote Speaker: Kenneth R. Feinberg, The Feinberg Group LLP

2005 - Fifth Symposium:
 "ADR's Next Frontier: Ethics, Regulation and Standards of Practice"
Keynote Speaker: Thomas J. Stipanowich, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution

2002 - Fourth Symposium:
 "Proposed Revised Uniform Arbitration Act and Uniform Mediation Act"
Keynote Speaker: Dean Nancy H. Rogers, Ohio State University College of Law

2001 - Third Symposium:
 "Community Mediation: Empowerment or Second Class Justice?"
Keynote Speaker: Andrew Thomas, Executive Director, Center for Dispute Settlement

1999 - Second Symposium:
 "Court-Annexed ADR"
Keynote Speaker: Honorable Wayne D. Brazil, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

1998 - First Symposium:
 "Alternative Dispute Resolution as Justice: Has ADR Kept its Promise?"
Keynote Speaker: Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Georgetown University Law Center

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