Professor Welsh elected to the ABA's Section of Dispute Resolution Executive Committee
October 28, 2013
Penn State Law Professor Nancy Welsh was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution. Her one-year term as budget officer will run through the 2014 Annual Meeting.
"This position has allowed me to understand much better the breadth and depth of the American Bar Association, including the important work being undertaken by its sections and committees. It has also opened my eyes to opportunities for the Dispute Resolution Section to affect ABA policies and to learn from and collaborate with other sections," Welsh said. "In fact, the Section’s Chair just recently wrote to the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education regarding the need to educate law students about the law of settlement, negotiation, mediation and arbitration. These procedures are such a significant part of practice today—and our students need to be fully prepared to represent clients in them.”
Established in 1993, the Section of Dispute Resolution is the largest dispute resolution section in the world with more than 19,000 members. The Section's primary goal is to maintain the ABA's national leadership role in the dispute resolution field. Other objectives include providing information to members, legislators, government departments and the general public on all aspects of dispute resolution; studying existing methods for the prompt and effective resolution of disputes; adapting current legal procedures to accommodate court-annexed and court-directed dispute resolution processes; activating state and local bar involvement in dispute resolution, and conducting public and professional education programs.
Welsh’s research and writing examine negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. She studies the justice and self-determination offered by these processes, their potential to resolve non-legal as well as legal issues, and the appropriate relationships among these processes and the courts. In 2006, as a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research regarding the Netherlands’ nationwide implementation of court-connected mediation and taught in Tilburg University’s Private Law Department. In addition to her new leadership position, Welsh serves on the Council of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and co-chairs the Editorial Board of the Section’s Dispute Resolution Magazine. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Conflict Resolution Quarterly.