National Arbitration Forum
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New Surveys Show Attorneys Favor Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Reports of attorneys’ favorable attitudes towards dispute resolution are now available online

Minneapolis, MN, August 24, 2006 --( The National Arbitration Forum recently collaborated with both the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Division (GPSolo) and the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association (ABA) to conduct surveys to assess the usage and preferences regarding negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Survey respondents from both ABA member groups report an increasing support of ADR.

Key findings from the surveys of GPSolo and TIPS members, respectively, were that:

- Nearly all (86.2%, 89.4%) believe that their “clients’ interests are sometimes best served by offering ADR solutions,”
- More than half (56.8%, 60.5%) say that they will most likely offer “ADR solutions to clients in the future,”
- A large percentage (63.2%, 59.8%) think that “offering clients ADR solutions is an ethical obligation as a practitioner,” and
- A majority (66.2%, 59.8%) trust “ADR use to increase in the future.”

Both ABA member groups view ADR usage as a necessity that will continue in the future. Survey findings reiterate the growing trend in ADR. The surveys were reviewed and finalized by the GPSolo Division and the TIPS Section of the American Bar Association and the National Arbitration Forum and was administered by the independent survey company Surveys and Ballots, Inc. The findings reports are available online at the GPSolo and TIPS websites; and

About the American Bar Association
With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.

About the National Arbitration Forum
The National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) is one of the world's leading providers of alternative dispute resolution services, including arbitration and mediation. Committed to the integrity of America’s legal process, the National Arbitration Forum has maintained a distinguished panel of over 1,500 attorneys and retired judges who follow and apply the substantive law when rendering legal decisions for the past 20 years. National Arbitration Forum mediators and arbitrators are located across the U.S. and in 35 countries around the world. By administering dispute resolution solutions that save time and money, the National Arbitration Forum provides an efficient and effective service for all legal parties. Publisher of the ADR Law & Policy Update, the National Arbitration Forum is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in New Jersey and Southern California. For more information visit the National Arbitration Forum's website at

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Christina Doucet