Texas A&M University School of Law (Fort Worth, TX) hosted the ninth annual AALS ADR Works-in-Progress Conference this past Friday and Saturday.  Other than the constant, drenching, torrential rains and floods, these Aggies know how to throw a conference! Not only were we all incredibly well-fed (and watered) with traditional Texas fare, we listened to great presentations of our ADR colleagues’ work on a broad range of ADR-related topics.  The relaxed format of presentation, Q&A and (brightly!) colored comment cards facilitated feedback from a wide range of perspectives.  

I continue to be amazed at the richness and sophistication of the commentary and critique.  I, for one, received enormously helpful feedback on my paper that I cannot wait to incorporate into my draft.  (really, truly)  ADR Law Profs are amazingly collegial, warm, welcoming, supportive and non-judgmental.     And FUN!   No matter where in the country the ADR WIP conference is held, it is well worth the trip. (I write this BEFORE my airplane safely departs the airport.)

See you there next year!

Jill Gross is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Investor Rights Clinic at Pace Law. She teaches the Investor Rights Clinic and Seminar, Mediation and Arbitration, Professional Responsibility, and Securities Litigation and Enforcement. She has published numerous law review articles in the area of dispute resolution and investor justice, and has been quoted in the national media on issues relating to securities arbitration. She is also a contributor to ADR Prof Blog.