Legislatures have debated and enacted state and federal legislation and tort reform; patients, hospitals, and interest groups push for increased patient safety; and the judicial system discusses fairness, consistency, and alternative dispute resolution. Even with tort reform in place in traditional litigation models, less than 50% of the damages award goes to the injured party.
To help enable attorneys to present solutions to the issues of cost control and party satisfaction by working within the existing system, without waiting for legislative reforms, the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law and CHORDA Conflict Management, Inc., will introduce attorneys to the Two-Track model of Attorney Representation through a series of daylong training sessions at three sites across the U.S. The Two-Track model combines the advantages of client-based decision making and communication through multi-party negotiation and mediation while preserving the option for adjudicatory procedures.
Dates and locations for the Two-Track conferences are:
October 13, 2006 - St. Paul, Minnesota
October 20, 2006 - Baltimore, Maryland
November 17, 2006 - Houston, Texas