Diary Day 2 of the American Bar Association ABA_SpringDR23

Diary Day 2 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Spring Conference 2023.

I attended some continuing legal education (CLE) sessions and met with speakers that have been on Expert Views on ADR (EVA) vid/ podcast show (pic 1 and 2).

Pic 1- Professor David Allen Larson, past chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution and one my mentors. Pic 2: Professor Kevin Scudder, founder of Seattle LLC. I also met great speakers and attendees that are yet to be on the (EVA) Show😀hopefully, we will be seeing some of them -fingers crossed.  Pictures include- Pic 3 Prof Claire Fowler of mediate.com; pic 4-Natalie Armstrong, founder of the  Marketing Resolution, Pic 5, one of my mentors Prof Hiro Arogaki, Pic 6- Professor Amy Schmitz of Ohio state university and Oladeji Tiamiyu, a senior clinical fellow at Harvard University; Pic 7 Melissa Brogdon, one of the founders of Fourth Party Mediation, Pic 8- Prof Kristen Blankley- Nebraska University and Prof Rachel Weschier- University of Missouri, Pict 9-Bryan of fourth party mediation and pic 10-Ron Dolin of Mediate.com- Chief Innovation officer at odr.com.

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Vous Parlez Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Las Vegas!

#series Alert: Vous Parlez ADR Las Vegas!!!!!!!!!! The blogger, host and producer of Expert Views on Alternative Dispute Resolution (EVA) Vid / Podcast Show will be speaking ADR on the street of Las Vegas.

Essentially, wherever the blogger/host is attending a conference or presenting a paper, she will use the opportunity to speak to people on the streets of that city/ country to get a first-hand view or opinion of ‘how popular or prevalent ADR is in that city. Stay tuned!!! Vous parlez ADR Las Vegas!!!!!!!!! #adr #disputeresolution #street #massawarenessadvocacyadr #letsmakeadrgoviral #viral #expertviewaonadrvid/podcast #podcast #podcaster #blogger #peacebuilding #mediation #TAMSD #apple #spotify #amazon #instagram tiktok #talkshow #highereducation #education #ESRC #uniofbrighton #viral #letsmakeadrgoviral #uk #us #nigeria #world


#adr Conference: ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

  1. @ExpertViewsonADRvidpodcastshow

Looking forward to attending and learning from the world-renowned legal and ADR Scholars /Practitioners at the #world’s Largest Annual #adr Conference: American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference. From the 10th-13th May 2023 in Las Vegas, NV.

Speakers include – Professor David Allen Larson, Dean and Emeritus Professor James Alfini, Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Professor Kevin Scudder, Susan Guthrie, Professor Ana Sambold, Esq, Clare Fowler, Natalie Armstrong Motin, JAMS Neutrals -Howard Herman, Hon Philip M. Pro (Ret), and Barbara Reeves, Esq, CEDS amongst others.





#disputeresolutionleaders #adr #aba #fellow #adr #ABA_SpringDR23 #ExpertViewsonADRVidPodcast

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Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Vid/ Podcast Show: Mass Awareness Advocacy in ADR via Podcast



For the Love of ADR: Mass Awareness Advocacy in ADR via Podcast for Schools | ADR / MDC Centers

The Birth of Alternative or Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) was borne out of delay, frustration and exorbitant cost associated with the adversarial system of settling disputes. The above statement encompasses both developed and developing nations, signifying that the Adversarial System is not the only option; other #appropriate / #alternative methods are available for the masses/citizenry to opt from. #adr has helped the justice system in different jurisdictions -in developed economies, particularly America, UK & developing economies like Nigeria, to dispense justice swiftly. It has restored the trust, hope, belief, and confidence of the litigants/ disputants. However, recent research conducted by the writer points towards the urgent need for mass awareness advocacy via podcasting in society regarding the use/benefits associated with ADR. The writer/podcaster recommends #education -mass advocacy on ADR, particularly making ADR #compulsory in schools. This can be disseminated via podcast channels (using Expert Views on ADR (EVA) as a Case study) because the world is fast becoming a global village. Anyone can now access the Internet and listen to experts/advocates discussing ADR and court-connected ADR. Research conducted by the writer in Lagos, Enugu state and recently on the streets of Washington DC, #usa indicates that most people are not aware of what ADR / Multi-Door Courthouse (MDC) is.

Thus, it is imperative that potential users need to be educated through awareness campaigns via YouTube, #tiktok #twitter#linkedin, conferences, radio jingles, and the most important podcasts on the ADR processes, advantages, and benefits. This is important because the user’s psyche is still Litigation orientated; thus, the need for continuous mass awareness through technology on simplifying the benefits and advantages of the Alternatives method of settling disputes is needed- Some of these benefits include Party Autonomy, the flexibility of the process, saves time and it is cost-effective. Additionally, the need to go back to the grassroots, like primary schools, secondary schools, trade unions and universities, is essential to reorient or reposition people’s mindsets or psyche at early stages is crucial. ADR should be a part of the school curriculum not as an elective but as a compulsory course because it is also available in litigation.

What this does is that it creates a balanced story rather than a one-sided story, as is the case in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. It is essential to point out that, in the university system or educational system, 93% of education is focused on litigation in the university and law schools in Nigeria and most jurisdiction, which means that only 7% of the teaching is about ADR. This is largely because ADR is not a compulsory course but an elective. That means that if students graduate eventually, their first port of call is Litigation.

Generally, there is bias everywhere, especially where someone is not yet familiar with the subject matter – humans tend to either criticise or ignore what they are not familiar with. Realistically, the human mind is such that it takes something that it does not know and shoves it into one category in its mind, and sometimes, this knowledge is inaccurate. The one thing that takes away bias beyond every other thing is personal experience. Thus, the need to allow people to experience this new subject matter is through awareness.

Furthermore if more lawyers train to become mediators they will create more opportunities to let their expertise be known. More so, awareness campaigns-opportunities whereby traditional leaders, and religious leaders, who have a substantial influence in society can give words of credence and endorse the use of the ADR and MDC platforms would be a significant step in the right direction. It will go a long way to sensitise the subject matter. These enumerated factors would eliminate subject matter bias regarding lawyers/parents/ schools/ Trade unions/ embracing ADR . Social media via podcasting can be a great tool in advancing ADR and MDC agenda. It can be adequately and sufficiently utilised to create more awareness of the above subject matter.

The podcaster started a podcast channel to generate awareness on ADR, and in just two (2)months of starting and with over five episodes, it has amassed over Five Hundred (500) views. Imagine if an organisation like the LMDC /ESMDC or any other ADR organisation should create one with all its contacts. I will leave that to your imagination.

The writer /podcaster recommend that the ADR/MDC in Nigeria / ADR Centers in the world (countries who are yet to do so) should create a podcast channel to disseminate ADR in settling disputes; wordings used will be simple words so non-academics/ non-specialist can easily understand, this will be distributed on other social media platforms.

However, informal training from home should come first; #parents should #teach their #children about ADR.

Watch YouTube Video on Dr Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu’s Presentation on the above subject matter:


And the Podcast links:




A Man Like ‘Christopher Matthews’


I met ‘Uncle’ Chris during my PhD; he was our Senior Research and Events Administrator (School of Business and Law, University of Brighton); however, he was more than that; he was a natural mediator, mentor, and good-natured who treated everyone equally and with kindness.

I call him ‘my uncle’ (not in his presence-lol) because he is always keen to listen to our questions and demands and gets it done and when he cannot help out he will proffer a solution. I do not know how he does it; you / one could say he is doing his job, but he does his 1000 over 100, a testament that he loves his job and people.

He is so compassionate and patient; hence why we ( Business and Law, PhD Students-both past and present) do not want to see Chris leave- he sure is the biblical example of ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’

Who would listen to us like Uncle Chris and get things done? I/we ponder? Even when he can’t be of help, he will advise you; tell you how you can get it done and whom to talk to.  Really sad to see him go.

As Geoffrey Chaucer pointed out, ‘Good things come to an end.’

All the best in your new role, Uncle Chris. God bless you, and I pray you reap a harvest. You sure deserve it!

Achievements of the ABA Dispute Resolution Thus Far With Prof David Allen Larson & Prof James Alfini



I was excited to welcome Professor David Allen Larson and Dean and Emeritus Professor James Alfini to the Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Show. Professor David is a Senior Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute; he has been involved with online dispute resolution since 1999 and is a System Designer. Professor James also has expertise in dispute resolution-he served as #director of #education and #research at the #florida Dispute Resolution Center and was a member of the Florida Supreme Court Arbitration and Mediation Rules Committee. Professor David and Professor James once served as Chairs of the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution.

They wear many hats, so I have left the links to their profile below: https://www.stcl.edu/about-us/faculty… https://mitchellhamline.edu/biographi…

We critically analysed the following questions:

1. What led to the birth of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution?

2. At the inception of the Section, what were the major obstacles and challenges faced?

3. Looking at the law before the advent of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, what areas were of major concern, and how would you assess the impact made so far?

4. With the introduction of the Dispute Resolution section, what are your assessments of its use, accessibility to the public, and implementation, and how would you assess people’s reactions and patronage of the Section?

5. Recently, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution diversified the composition of its members.

What necessitated this and its advantages thus far?

6. Looking at the ABA, what are the notable achievements of the intervention of the Dispute Resolution Section?

7. What areas of the #dispute Resolution section require improvement?

8. What recommendations do you think you could give to improve the usefulness and service of the dispute resolution section in the nearest future?

9. What categories of persons can sustain a practice as a #disputeresolution practitioner, and what are the required qualifications?



#viral #conflict #shorts #shortvideo #street #awareness #tv #harvard #oxforduniversity #tedxtalks #tedxtalk #diversity #inclusion #uniform #mediation #aba #warrenburger #franksander #mitchelhamline #labour #intellectualpropertylaw #employment


To be continued


EVA Show Presents- ‘Achievements of The Resolution Institute Since its Inception’

I am delighted to announce that I am starting a new series focusing on the ‘Achievements of the Resolution Institute (R.I) since its inception.’   R.I. is the largest dispute resolution membership organisation across Australia and New Zealand. Resolution Institute was formed when IAMA and LEADR merged on 1 January 2015, to leverage the strengths of both organisations and to provide a unified voice to advocate for dispute resolution, and is today, an independent not-for-profit organisation with over forty five (45) years of experience.

Today, they are the peak dispute resolution membership organisation in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand; they offer extensive  membership benefits and services, industry-leading training and accreditation, the best of online learning and continuing professional development options, as well as wide-ranging nomination services. They are a recognised mediator accreditation body in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand. At the same time, they are an Authorised Nominating Authority (ANA) in all Australian states (except Queensland) for the Security of Payment disputes. They advocate with authority on members’ behalf as a default nominating body for various industry schemes and the preferred dispute resolver written into contracts.

I am kicking off the series by interviewing  our CEO, Amber Williams. She is a strategic leader with a diverse background in both the private and public sectors; Amber was the CEO of the New South Wales Law Enforcement Conduct Commission and Chief Human Resources Officer for the New South Wales Department of Justice prior to her appointment as CEO of Resolution Institute in November 2019.

In addition to her qualifications in human resource management, industrial relations and psychology.

Amber is a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


ADR and workplace Conflict: A Nigerian Perspective with Mrs Achere Cole

I was excited to welcome Mrs Achere Cole on Episode 38 of the Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Podcast Show. She is the Ag. Director of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse. LMDC is the first Multi-Door Courthouse or Court-Connected ADR centre in Africa. Mrs Cole was amongst the dignitaries appointed to set up the first Restorative Justice Manual in Nigeria. She has national and regional experience building ADR mechanisms and capacity. Mrs Cole consulted for the Judiciary of Kenya and the International Development Law Organization on a project to support the implementation of the Sustaining Judiciary Transformation Blueprint. She is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, Arbitrator, ADR and Restorative Justice Trainer.
Mrs Cole wears many hats, so I have left the link to her profile below: https://lagosmultidoor.org/dr2/
We discussed the role of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) in Nigeria and its newest door Restorative Justice (focuses on Minor Criminal Offences and aims to restore or repair the harm caused by the offender) while touching on several aspects of Industrial relations in Nigeria. It is pertinent to point out that for the first time, my PhD findings (2019-2020) (Dr Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu) revealed that minor criminal matters were settled via the Restorative Justice Door in Nigeria precisely in both Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) and Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse (ESMDC). 
What is the role of the LMDC?
It is the first court-connected ADR in Africa and was established in 2002. In 2022 the LMDC turned twenty (20) years; it was primarily set up to promote qualitative access to justice through effective, timely and user-friendly ADR Channels such that anyone across the divide can use services provided by the LMDC. The ADR channels they use are mediation, arbitration, conciliation, early neutral evaluation, Hybrids and Restorative Justice.
In Lagos, Restorative Justice (R.J) has been in the works for years in terms of developing a structure, and finally, in 2019, the honourable chief judge of Lagos State passed a practice direction on Restorative Justice. Secondly, there was a sterling committee put together by the ministry of justice Lagos state, which now incorporated the ministry of Justice, which will have the DPP, OPD people from academia, LMDC, and quite a number of people who worked on developing a structure for Restorative Justice in the State. So currently, there is a practice direction, and there is a draft bill on Restorative Justice (RJ). Also, the Minister of Justice now has a Restorative Justice Hub, which coordinates all RJ activities in Lagos State, deals with criminal cases and is responsible for policies.
How does it work?
The RJ Hub is responsible for coordinating cases’ the case comes either from the court, the magistracy and not the H.C. The reason for it is that the Practice Direction particularly restricted RJ to minor offences.

Restorative Justice in Nigeria: a chat with the AG. Director LMDC-Mrs Achere Cole on the EVA Show



The blogger, the host and producer of Expert Views on ADR (EVA), recently interviewed Mrs Achere Cole, the Ag. Director of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse.  She was among the dignitaries appointed to set up the first Restorative Justice Manual in Nigeria; She has national and regional experience building ADR mechanisms and capacity. LMDC is the first Multi-Door Courthouse or Court-Connected ADR centre in Africa.

Minor Criminal Offences settled via Restorative Justice (RJ):
We discussed the role of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) in Nigeria and its newest door -Restorative Justice (focuses on Minor Criminal Offences and aims to restore or repair the harm caused by the offender) while touching on several aspects of Industrial relations in Nigeria. It is pertinent to point out that for the first time, my PhD findings (2019-2020) (Dr Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu) revealed that minor criminal matters were settled via the Restorative Justice Door in Nigeria, precisely in both Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) and Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse (ESMDC).
I am excited to present the above findings at the SLSA Annual Conference 2023 at Ulster University, Derry-Londonderry.

Please have a look at the full link to the interview below.



Let’s Make Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Go Viral!!! By Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Show


In this series, the Blogger, who is also the Host and Producer of Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Podcast show, will be interviewing Students, Lecturers, ADR/ MDC/ TAMSD Practitioners, Users and Potential Users of ADR from different Jurisdiction for the first time- How does Mediation/ MDC/ TAMSD work?-(The Practical aspect), What made them choose these Alternative processes? What are the benefits associated with ADR/ MDC/ TAMSDA? Amongst other questions.



The series was founded on three (3) of the Blogger’s PhD thesis findings, ‘that the Traditional Method of Settling Disputes (TAMSD) evolved to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) or is the ‘Repackaged ADR’,  ‘the Need for ‘Mass Advocacy Awareness on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)’  and ‘ Why ADR is more prevalent or popular in Developed countries than it is in Developing Countries.’





ADR-Alternative Dispute Resolution

MDC-Multi-Door Court House

TAMSD- Traditional African Method of Settling Disputes

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