The National Arbitration Forum (NAF) is launching a national education campaign to heighten awareness about alternative dispute resolution (ADR), its benefits and the importance of exploring alternative options when deciding how to resolve legal disputes.
The National Arbitration Forum's campaign will include a redesigned educational web site, the launch of a national coalition of ADR advocates, a new series of educational publications and an expanded online communications effort, including its expanded NAF Blog.
Curtis Brown, general counsel of the National Arbitration Forum, stated, "As our nation continues to see the number of disputes rise and the costs of litigation becoming more and more burdensome, now is the right time to educate consumers and businesses about the benefits and range of options available outside the court system, so that they can make informed decisions about how they best handle their disputes."
The National Arbitration Forum's campaign will focus on educating individuals, businesses and the legal community about:
The different types of ADR, including arbitration and mediation;
The benefits and advantages of various forms of dispute resolution;
The ethical and legal best-of-class practices in ADR;
The specifics about how arbitration, mediation and other forums of dispute resolution work.
The National Arbitration Forum's campaign will also focus on educating about the legal rights and responsibilities surrounding alternative dispute resolution.