Tuesday, January 3, 2012
On Saturday morning, January 7, 2012, the AALS ADR Section will host a program at the AALS Annual Meeting on “The Supreme Court and the Future of Arbitration.” The program is being co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Civil Procedure and the Section on Litigation. Here is the program description from the Annual Meeting brochure:
Over the past twenty-five years, the volume and types of disputes subject to binding arbitration -- particularly as a result of pre-dispute arbitration agreements included in consumer, employment and health care insurance contracts -- have grown dramatically. During this period, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a series of arbitration law decisions on such topics as the availability of class arbitration, the preemptive effect of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the scope of judicial review of arbitral awards under the FAA, the enforceability of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements, and the arbitrability of public law claims. These often controversial decisions have had a significant impact on businesses, consumers and the workplace and have transformed much of the U.S. economy's dispute resolution landscape. This program will explore the future of arbitration in light of these Supreme Court decisions, including the federalism, class litigation, and access to justice implications of these cases.
The panelists are: (a) Prof. Ronald G. Aronovsky, Southwestern Law School (moderator); (b) Prof. Sarah R. Cole, The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law; (c) Prof. Jill I. Gross, Pace University School of Law; (d) Prof. Cornelia Pillard, Georgetown University Law Center; (e) Prof. Jean Sternlight, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law; and (f) Prof. Nancy Welsh, Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law.