RESOLUTION OF THE PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION REAFFIRMING ITS COMMITMENT TO ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND DISSOLVING THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMITTEE AS A STANDING COMMITTEE

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association recognizes the importance of alternative dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes; and

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association seeks to assist lawyers serving as mediators and arbitrators, and those who practice before them, through dialogue among practitioners and members of the judiciary, educational programs and legislative initiatives; and

WHEREAS, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee was formed as a Standing Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association to serve those goals and purposes; and

WHEREAS, subsequent to the formation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the Philadelphia Bar Association formed a State Civil Litigation Section; and

WHEREAS, according to its Bylaws, the purpose of the State Civil Litigation Section is "to promote the objectives of the Philadelphia Bar Association within the field of state civil litigation and, to that end: to advance the development of the law and the further and continuing education of the Philadelphia bar within that field in all its branches; to formulate and extend the study of this field of law; to cooperate in attaining uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters within this field; by cooperating with judicial, legislative and administrative bodies and other constituents of the organized bar to further these activities; to suggest improvements in applicable laws, practices and procedures; and to simplify and improve the application of justice in this field;" and

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors has concluded that the goals and purpose of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee are consistent with those of the State Civil Litigation Section; and

WHEREAS, the Bylaws of the State Civil Litigation Section provide that new Committees of the Section may be formed at any time by the Section’s Executive Committee; and

WHEREAS, at its meeting on February 8, 2012, the Executive Committee of the State Civil Litigation Section voted to accept the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee as a Committee of the Section; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors has concluded that the goals and purpose of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee would be better coordinated and served as a Committee of the State Civil Litigation Section; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 700A of the Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Standing Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association are those designated as such by the Board of Governors;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors reaffirms its commitment to Alternative Dispute Resolution support and programming within the Philadelphia Bar Association;

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee is hereby dissolved as a Standing Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is removed from the Register of Committees.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: February 21, 2012