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This Research Guide covers the following source types for both students and practitioners: study guides, continuing legal education materials in North Carolina, treatises, journals, and select internet sources, including blogs and other web resources.
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“Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is a relatively new but valuable and very flexible tool for reaching resolution of a case.  The ADR movement has grown from its modest beginnings in the 1970s to cover a wide spectrum of subjects and mechanisms, and most United States jurisdictions now routinely practice some form of ADR in at least some areas of the law.

ADR has been defined as ‘a variety of approaches used to resolve conflict rather than traditional adjudicatory or adversarial methods such as litigation, hearings, and administrative processing and appeals’ . . . . ADR methods include arbitration, mediation, conciliation, facilitation, negotiation, and mini-trials; other methods also have been, and continue to be, developed. . . .

The purpose of ADR is to provide a less expensive and more satisfying alternative to administrative adjudication without diminishing the quality of justice or the parties’ right to a hearing.  Its objectives include reducing the costs and risks of litigation, expediting resolution of disputes, conserving judicial resources, and increasing satisfaction with the justice system.”

Henry G. Miller, Art of Advocacy: Settlement, pp. 5-2 – 5-4 

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