New York County Lawyers Association Committee on Arbitration and ADR Comments on Success of ADR Program in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York Offer Encouragement to Users of ADR and Suggest Action by Corporate Counsel

1 The Library of America, Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832 – 1858, “Notes on the Practice of Law” (1850).

2 The Civil Justice Expense and Delay Reduction Plan was implemented pursuant to the direction of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 (the “CJRA”). Title 28 U.S.C. Section 471 et seq. Under the CJRA, courts were directed and encouraged to develop case management programs and procedures, including differential case management “to facilitate deliberate adjudication of civil cases on the merits, monitor discovery, improve litigation management, and ensure just, speedy, and inexpensive resolutions of civil disputes.” Id. In connection with the CJRA, 10 pilot districts, including the EDNY, and 10 comparison districts were established. These districts were required to implement case management programs, one component of which was the use of ADR.

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