A panel of dispute resolution experts led by Justice Margot Botsford of the Supreme Judicial Court discussed Alternative Dispute Resolution and Public Justice.
At our 11th Annual Meeting we heard from a panel on the topic of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Public Justice. The panel consisted of the Honorable Margot Botsford, associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court; the Honorable Gordon L. Doerfer (Ret.), former Appeals Court and Superior Court justice and currently with JAMS; Eric D. Green, Esq., of Resolutions, LLC; the Honorable Margaret R. Hinkle (Ret.), former Superior Court justice and currently with JAMS; and Laurence M. Johnson, Esq., of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, PC. We enjoyed hearing from this engaging panel on a very timely topic.
Update: Among other topics, the panelists discussed whether a Delaware law giving judges the power to conduct private arbitration of business disputes constitutes privatization of the public law. After the Annual Meeting, on August 30, 2012, a judge of the U.S. District Court determined that the Delaware procedure functions “essentially as a non-jury trial before a Chancery Court judge,” and therefore must be open to the public under the First Amendment. The opinion is available here: Delaware Coalition for Open Government v. Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr., et al.