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

4 Report to the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, entitled “A Study of the Five Demonstration Programs Established Under the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990,” by The Federal Judicial Center, dated January 24, 1997. This report focuses on five model case management and ADR programs set up in five “Demonstration districts” pursuant to the CJRA. While the EDNY was a pilot district rather than a demonstration district, the dramatically favorable findings of this report on the three Demonstration districts with ADR programs — with high rates of settlement, reductions in time and cost, and heightened party satisfaction — required mention, particularly in light of RAND’s study’s lack of strong statistically evidence on some of these issues.

5 “Report of the Advisory Group/Committee on Civil Litigation on the Evaluation of the Court’s Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation Programs,” dated October 9, 1996.

6 $46,000 for one FTE attributable to the 100 EDNY ENE cases studied by RAND. RAND ADR Report, Summary at xxxi, and 248-249.

7 $47,000 total annual cost attributable to the 100 EDNY ENE cases studied by RAND. Id.

8 The SDNY FTE annual cost was $178,000, and the SDCA’s FTE annual cost was $383,000.

9 Total annual cost was $205,000 for the SDNY and $384,000 for the SDCA.


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