Susan R. Patterson, Esq.
D. Grant Seabolt, Jr., Esq.
& Test Bank
Essentials of Alternative Dispute Resolution
This course will introduce students to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means of peacefully resolving disputes. Eight basic methods of ADR, and several hybrids, will be explained in detail. In addition, students will explore seven arenas where disputes often arise and how one or more methods of ADR apply. Finally, students will discuss the role of the paralegal in ADR and look at a case study of how ADR is practiced in one urban jurisdiction.
The course will present ADR against the backdrop of traditional litigation, which offers a more formal and generally more costly method of resolving disputes. Nevertheless, the course avoids an evangelistic endorsement of ADR, and instead asks students to evaluate disputes and disputants to select the most appropriate method for resolving a matter. Throughout, civil justice is viewed as a system that enables disputants to resolve their dispute using less direct, more socially acceptable alternatives than self-help, whether the alternative chosen is trial or ADR. The course follows the outline of chapters as contained in the Table of Contents to the text. In drafting learning objectives, described below, the authors stressed the information they felt was most important. Nevertheless, instructors are encouraged to require students to read all the sections in each of the chapters in the text, and to complete the exercises provided in the text. The learning objectives for each chapter also serve as essay test questions. The final section of the Guide contains answers to each of the learning objective/essay test questions. Following these answers are several objective questions and...