Where Have All the Lawyers Gone? The Empty Chair at the ODR Justice Table
International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution 6(2),154.
10 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2019 Last revised: 29 Feb 2020
Date Written: 2019
As ODR enters the court system, it is eagerly embraced by two of the justice system's traditional stakeholders: the public, and the courts. The third stakeholder, lawyers and the legal profession, has largely been absent from the table when discussions on initiating and designing court-ODR systems have taken place.
In this paper, we explain the roots of this phenomenon and describe a conference session at the 2019 International Forum on ODR at which we shared them with ODR experts and court leaders. We engaged participants in a community conversation about engaging the legal profession in this justice evolution, in order to ensure its success and strengthen its justice outcomes. Together with participants, we generated a list of suggestions and best practices for engaging the legal profession constructively around these issues.
Keywords: ODR, online dispute resolution, courts, court, lawyer, lawyers, attorney, bar, ADR
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