CRI was proud to co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Colorado Statewide ADR Conference at the Renaissance Denver Hotel on October 30, 2009. The event was founded by the Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations, the Colorado Judicial Department Office of Dispute Resolution and the Colorado Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.
This year's theme was "Dispute Resolution for Change," highlighted by the keynote address by Former President of Ecuador and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Jamid Mahuad. He discussed his role in solving a long standing, seemingly intractable conflict with Peru. He helped solve the conflict over a small piece of non-strategic, resource dearth territory. Working with then president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, they discovered divergent interests, which helped them reach an agreement. Ecuador only wanted a very small, symbolic piece of land that Peru had little problem giving them. By dialoguing, working through multiple, potential solutions and discovering interests, both Peru and Ecuador were able to come to a simple solution.
The conference brought alternative dispute resolution practitioners from across Colorado to share knowledge and gain insight into the work of others in the field. Session topics were wide ranging; from discussions of applying ADR to cases of domestic violence, environmental disputes in the courts and elderly care and mediation. Many attendees also received continuing education and ethics credits.
Thanks to our student volunteers: Adam Brown, Tiffany Bruschi-Barber, Mikaela L.W. Gregg, Jonathan Howard, Fernando Ospina, and Debbie Rosenblum. And thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth. It was great to see our colleagues,
students, faculty, supporters and alums!
-- Autumn Gorman & Jonathan Howard