DuBester Hired to Launch Dispute Resolution Program

Posted: June 27, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

In today’s increasingly litigious society, few lawyers are prepared to advise their clients on non-judicial approaches to resolving legal conflict. In an effort to put George Mason law students ahead of the curve, the School of Law has hired Ernest DuBester, senior member of the National Mediation Board, as chairman of its new alternative dispute resolution program. The program focuses on arming students with alternative strategies for resolving the types of legal disputes that often end up in court.

Court battles can grossly distort business and personal relationships, as well as costing enormous amounts of time and money, says Ron Etters, director of the Center for Advanced Study of Law and Dispute Resolution Processes. “We want every law student who graduates from George Mason to be able to analyze disputes and apply alternative dispute resolution strategies such as mediation, facilitation, and arbitration, so they can more efficiently represent their clients’ interests by preventing these kinds of battles.”

DuBester will work closely with the Dispute Resolution Center, which was established last year by the School of Law, the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and the National Mediation Board.

President Clinton appointed DuBester to the National Mediation Board in 1993 and he completed his third term in 1999. During his tenure, he and his fellow board members introduced innovative approaches to collective bargaining, including the reorganization of mediation services and the implementation of interest-based bargaining and grievance mediation.

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