Conflict Resolution Week Draws a Crowd

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
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From October 16-20, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution (DR) Section presented a series of events around the state in honor of Conflict Resolution Week. More than 400 people attended Conflict Resolution Week programs around the state, including judges, lawyers, DR professionals, students, parents, teachers and other members of the public.

Governor Charlie Baker issued a proclamation recognizing October 19 as Dispute Resolution Day in Massachusetts. The day was celebrated with a reception at the Adams Courthouse, which featured a keynote address by Kenneth Feinberg (One Fund Boston, September 11 Victim Compensation Fund), and remarks from Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey. Other highlights included the Oct. 20 screening of The Peacemaker, a documentary film about international Irish peacemaker Padraig O'Malley.

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Here is the full list of Conflict Resolution Week events:

  • Oct 16: Western Mass. Court Connected Dispute Resolution Programs, Hampden County Hall of Justice, Springfield
  • Oct 17: Youth Mediation and Juvenile Justice Panel, Massachusetts School of Law, Andover
  • Oct 18: Beyond the Courthouse, Dispute Resolution Options for Families in Transition, Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield
  • Oct 19: Conflict Resolution Day Reception, Adams Courthouse, Second Floor, Boston
  • Oct 20: Documentary Film Screening: The Peacemaker, Harvard Law School, Cambridge
Thank you to DR Section Chair Brian Jerome, Conflict Resolution Week Chair Michael Zeytoonian and everyone in the DR Section Council who contributed to the success of Conflict Resolution Week. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, who helped make this week possible:

  • Berkshire County Bar Association
  • Commonwealth Mediation
  • Franklin County Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Hampshire County Bar Associations
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation
  • JAMS
  • Juvenile Court Department
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services
  • Northeast Mediation and Arbitration
  • Sarah E. Worley Conflict Resolution PC
  • The Mediation Group
  • Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution
Look for more Conflict Resolution Week coverage in the next Lawyers Journal.