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  • Court Symposium
  • Court ADR

    Concurrent Session A

    Thursday, April 03, 2014 9:45 AM - Thursday, April 03, 2014 11:00 AM

    Orchid AB

    A6 When Arbitration Goes Religious: The Lawyer's Toolkit for Religious Arbitration Awards

    • Michael Helfand, Pepperdine University School of Law
    Around the United States, parties are increasingly looking to religious arbitration tribunals to resolve their disputes.  Whether before Islamic Sharia courts, Jewish Beth Dins or Christian Conciliation Tribunals, parties are asking arbitrators to issue awards in accordance with religious law.  This trend has required lawyers and courts to consider a whole range of new questions that stand at the intersection of arbitration doctrine and constitutional law, impacting a wide range of financial arrangements and commercial transactions.  This presentation considers how this process works, what pitfalls to avoid, and what the larger implications are for collaboration between religious and secular authorities.

    Concurrent Session F

    Friday, April 04, 2014 9:00 AM - Friday, April 04, 2014 10:15 AM

    Brickell Pre-Function

    F3 Comparing Trial and Settlement Outcomes of Civil Rights Cases

    • Zev Eigen, Northwestern University School of Law ;
    • Tiffany Eng, Northwestern University School of Law
    How do settlement outcomes compare with trial results? Information on ADR outcomes is lacking and useful comparative analyses of ADR outcomes and trial results are rare. We will present research that fills these gaps. This research offers an empirical comparison of civil rights trial outcomes and settlement results during the 1999-2011 period relying on civil court data and settlement data maintained by N.D. of Illinois judges. Our presentation will shed light on the relationship between ADR and trial outcomes, ADR’s impact on litigant outcomes, and decisions rendered by litigants as to when to pursue settlement options.