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Legal Studies Distinguished Professor Emeritus Ethan Katsh plays a big role in the creation of the Online Dispute Resolution

Over 25 years ago, when the public first gained access to the Internet, UMASS Amherst Legal Studies Distinguished Professor Emeritus Ethan Katsh envisioned the growth of online conflicts and, therefore, the possibilities for online dispute resolution (ODR). He not only pioneered a new subfield of law and society, his vision impacted e-commerce and eventually the slow moving court system. While a few other countries have already been effectively integrating ODR into courts, the U.S. has finally joined in as New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Nakamura states in announcing the first ODR court project.
Congratulations, Ethan, on helping increase access to justice in the U.S.!

Join the Nineteenth International ODR Forum in Williamsburg, Virginia on October 28 – 30, 2019, hosted by the National Center for State Courts in collaboration with the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution in Legal Studies, Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts.

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