Message from the Chair
Joan D. Hogarth
Law Office of Joan D Hogarth
New York, NY
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It is both a pleasure and an honor to serve as the Chair of the ADR Section of the FBA for this term. The mission of the section is to promote the development of ADR through a forum in which our members can exchange ideas, refine their ADR skills, enhance ADR processes, study core issues in the field, and advocate for matters of concern and interests to the Section.
I look forward to furthering that mission and to building on the legacy of Section leaders before me. Those past section leaders have carried the torch of the FBA’s ADR Section offering opportunities for practitioners to expand their knowledge and skills in ADR processes, and to meet like-minded practitioners with an interest in serving as neutrals or representatives in those processes. Today, with the newly elected energetic and knowledgeable Board of Officers, I am confident that the work will continue. Yet, we cannot do it without you.
While we will continue to deliver programs and news related to ADR in the Federal arena and beyond, our section activities will be made richer and more relevant if we hear about the diverse set of experiences you come upon across the country. So, if you are a Section member, I take this occasion to warmly invite you to participate; and here are a few ideas:
- Join one of the Section’s seven Committees/liaison opportunities: newsletter, CLE/events, website, membership, nominating, government relations, and chapters/liaison.
- Help keep the Section’s bi-annual newsletter – The Resolver – lively and informative. Be a co-chair. Write articles that discuss the issues that are of concern to the practitioner and that offer practice tips.
- Be a co-chair of the CLE/events committee and plan or deliver credited educational programming through webinars and networking events. What an excellent opportunity to share your ADR-related knowledge for the world to see.
- Send in relevant postings for the ADR website where we will celebrate ADR in the chapters, with other sections and so on. If you are a member of a substantive law section, volunteer to serve as a chapter or section liaison.
- Give quick talks at the Section’s open meetings about any ADR topic or about the hot issues of the month.
If you are not a member, I invite you to join the Section and come with your ideas or come to participate in the existing plans and programs. Come. Write. Teach. Share. Join us today by going to the FBA home page and adding the ADR Section to your membership. Then reach out to us and immediately start to work on one of the Committees.
I look forward to your continued support of the Section and its work. I am confident that you will find value in it and am hopeful that you will become an active participant. At any time, please email us with your ideas and suggestions to FedbarADR@gmail.com
Joan D. Hogarth