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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Federal & State Resources

Federal Legislative Material

The Federal Arbitration Act is codified at Title 9 of the United State Code.

The print version of the United States Code is the official government publication. A new edition is published every six years with cumulative supplements issued in between years.

Alternative dispute resolution use is also included in the following United States Code provisions:

Title 28 - Judiciary and Judicial Procedure, Part III, Chapter 44:
§ 651 authorizes the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in U.S. District Court civil actions.
Title 5 - Government Organization and Employees, Part I, Chapter 5, Subchapter IV:
§ 572 gives agencies the authority to use alternative means of dispute resolution in controversies relating to administrative programs.

State Material

Uniform Laws - National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws:

Revises the Uniform Arbitration Act of 1955.
Available in print in 7 Part IA Uniform Laws Annotated 1 (2009)

Available in print in 7A Part III Uniform Laws Annotated 447 (2017)

Wisconsin Laws:

  • Arbitration Act, modeled on the Uniform Arbitration Act, is found in Wis. Stat. Chapter 788
  • The Civil Procedure chapter of the Wisconsin Statutes (Chapter 802) outlining Pleadings, Motions and PreTrial Practice, includes a section on Alternative Dispute Resolution (§802.12)

National Clearinghouse for Mediator Ethics Opinions

Searchable database of mediator ethics opinions from 43 states.
Created by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Ethics Committee.

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This guide was prepared by Julia Jaet