Symposium topic is neutrality and impartiality in mediation and arbitration

August 12, 2005

The Penn State Dickinson School of Law, ranked as one of the top-ten alternative dispute resolution programs in the nation, will present the two-day symposium "Neutrality and Impartiality in Alternative Justice" on Sept. 9 and 10. The symposium will feature leading legal scholars and practitioners from the United States and Canada who will discuss the role that neutrality and impartiality plays in dispute resolution proceedings within the alternative justice system.

Designed for academics and practitioners in the field of alternative dispute resolution, the program will address issues such as whether mediators can and should be neutral, and whether arbitrators can be impartial -- or if it is inevitable that underlying biases influence the proceedings and their decisions. The symposium is being facilitated by Penn State Dickinson professors Thomas E. Carbonneau, who oversees the law school's Institute of Arbitration Law & Practice; Nancy Welsh; and Robert Ackerman.

All participants may attend a dinner on Friday evening featuring keynote speaker Jean Francois Gaudreault-Desbiens, who will discuss the role of religion in arbitration. Additionally, each participant is eligible to earn continuing legal education credits and will receive a copy of the proceedings published by the Journal of American Arbitration. Tuition for the two-day program is $175.

A complete list of speakers, schedule of events and registration information are available at online. All events will take place in Penn State Dickinson's Trickett Hall, 150 South College Street, Carlisle. For additional information, contact Sandra K. Partridge at or Gregory M. Alvarez at

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