Disputes, unfortunately, are a common part of life. Some disputes require litigation, and others can be resolved through mediation. Alternative Dispute Resolution is the area of law that facilitates mediation…a very effective method of resolving disputes. Often, mediation is court ordered prior to setting a trial date. Many times issues that appear to be heading to trial are settled via the mediation process.
ADR paralegals assist in numerous different areas of dispute, from Family Law to Commercial Transactions. The AIPS online paralegal program prepares ADR paralegals with relevant courses, workshops, and test preparation for national certification.
ADR – A Definition
Alternative Dispute Resolution is the non-litigation procedure where disputes are reconciled through the use of arbitration, negotiation and settlements that can be made outside of the courtroom.
ADR Practice Areas
ADR attorneys offer a broad range of services. Following is a list of practice areas found at the ADR firm of Harrington, Brewster & Clein P.C. (http://www.harringtonbrewsterclein.com/):
- Divorce and Family Law
- Domestic Post-Decree Matters
- Criminal Defense
- Early Neutral Evaluation
- Family Law Mediation
- Collaborative Law
- Unbundled Legal Services
- ADR for Attorneys
ADR Dispute Areas
You may wonder what types of disputes can be facilitated through ADR. The possibilities are vast. Following is a list of possible dispute areas:
- Business Disputes and Transactions
- Real Estate
- Personal Injury
- Professional Malpractice
- HOA Disputes
- Estate and Probate
- Family Business Disputes
- Restorative Justice
- Commercial Transactions
- Family Law
- Community Facilitation
- Partnership Dissolution
- Juvenile Law
Role of ADR Paralegal
The specifics of the paralegal’s job, of course, depend on the practice area of the supervising attorney. Following is a list of tasks an ADR Paralegal may perform:
- Draft motions for referral of a case for an ADR proceeding
- Draft demands for arbitration
- Draft agreements or settlements between two parties as a result of ADR
- Draft specific settlement agreement documents, such as property transfers or lien releases
- Conduct background research of mediators, arbitrators or judges involved in ADR process
- Schedule sites where ADR proceedings can be accommodated
- Legal research pertinent to the case
- Document management
Take a few minutes to view the AIPS video on Mediation and Arbitration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqe69Q7duFg
What you need!
A law-related knowledge base and paralegal skill set is imperative in any area of law. A Paralegal Certificate and national certification (www.nala.org) is highly beneficial!
AIPS 100% Online Paralegal Certificate Program
Applicable and relevant curriculum designed for you!
- Business Law
- Legal Research
- Criminal Law
- Workshops: Lexis, Ethics, Law Office Skills, Administrative Law, Writing, Citation, Judgment & Analysis
- CP (Certified Paralegal) Test Prep Course for NALA CP Exam