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Announcing the Launch of the New and Improved Arbitrate.com

by Amy Schmitz, Colin Rule

March 2021

Amy Schmitz and Colin Rule

Introducing the New Arbitrate.com!

After many months of work, we are very proud to announce the launch of the new Arbitrate.com, sporting a sleek design and a powerful set of updated features and capabilities.  We hope you will consider joining the community at Arbitrate.com and signing up for our Arbitration Today newsletter, which is available for free.

The new Arbitrate.com site is the product of the dedicated work of a global set of designers, contributors, and programmers all committed to building a "next-gen" website that will help the field of arbitration grow and improve over the coming decades. Once you see the new Arbitrate.com I bet you will agree that the new site has a clean, intuitive look -- positioning arbitration for the future as a modern, accessible and trustworthy form of dispute resolution.

To support the new Arbitrate.com, Resourceful Internet Solutions ("RIS"), home of Mediate.com since 1996, has launched a new dedicated team within RIS to focus exclusively on developments in arbitration, providing daily articles (both original and custom curated), a members-only resource center (continually updated with valuable rules, documents, and contact information), a monthly members-only webinar series with leaders in the arbitration field, and much more. We especially encourage professional arbitrators to join the new Arbitrate.com site as Premium or Featured Members to raise their profile and to get more arbitration cases.

If you have not visited Arbitrate.com over the past few months, be sure to check out the latest all-new Arbitration articles, opinions, and interviews.  All of our historic Arbitration content has also now been migrated to the new site, and we have big plans for further expanding and accelerating our news gathering efforts in coming months and years.

Nothing better demonstrates our new focus than the Arbitration Conversation interview series conducted exclusively for Arbitrate.com.  The Arbitration Conversation now hosts over 70 interviews with many of the top arbitrators and arbitration scholars on the planet.  We believe they are an incredibly valuable contribution to the Arbitration field. 

Our Vision for Arbitrate.com

In our planning discussions last summer for the new Arbitrate.com our development team, including Amy, sketched out our vision for what we want the new Arbitrate.com to offer:

  1. The primary destination on the web for everything arbitration
     
  2. A quick editorial cycle, with active streams of blog posts, zoom interviews, and podcasts posted quickly and processed in real time
     
  3. A focus on the day-to-day developments in arbitration, but also on where arbitration is going (and should be going)
     
  4. A commitment to diversity and amplifying the voices that haven’t traditionally been at the front of the room in arbitration
     
  5. Helping arbitrators spread the word about their services and find quality work
     
  6. Creating opportunities for students to learn about arbitration, get involved with the field, and share their writing and research
     
  7. A shared focus between international arbitration and domestic arbitration
     
  8. Comfort with technology and an eagerness to explore how tech is pushing the boundaries of practice
     
  9. Openness to wide ranging partnerships with providers, law firms, chambers, and academic programs
     
  10. Engagement with with the communities of practice on listservs, panels, and on social media

Arbitrate.com is Committed to Arbitration Innovation

We could not be prouder of the work the RIS team has done bringing the new Arbitrate.com vision into reality.  Lately the buzz has been that arbitration has been too slow to innovate, too bogged down by procedural rules, and too controlled by organizations that aren’t interested in fully embracing the future. This has led some to describe arbitration as something of a relic, only marginally better than redress through the courts.  

At Arbitrate.com, we disagree.  We see the arbitration field as vital, global, and ready for innovation.  Newly minted lawyers and arbitrators from around the world are reinventing the practice of arbitration.  Innovative chambers are embracing the disruptions wrought by the pandemic and leveraging the lessons learned to establish new arbitration programs as nimble, modern, and relevant. Online arbitration (OArb), mixed-mode, judicial arbitration and med-arb are beneficially pushing the frontiers of dispute resolution practice and inventing new ways to better meet the needs of parties.  In sum, the promise of arbitration -- faster, better, fairer outcomes -- is brighter than ever.  We hope that you will join our efforts at Arbitrate.com to further deliver on this promise.

Transitioning Mediate.com Memberships to Arbitrate.com

It goes without saying that a major launch like this will create some changes, and our team is well prepared to provide support and answer any questions that you may have.

In the past, membership in the practitioner directory at Arbitrate.com was included at no additional cost with a Mediate.com Premium Membership.   With the new Arbitrate.com, Mediate.com and Arbitrate.com Memberships will now be separate.  Subscription payment for membership on Arbitrate.com will now fund the continuing great work of the Arbitrate.com team and further extend arbitration content and arbitration services globally.

Mediate.com Premium Members who opted into being in the historic Arbitrate.com practitioner database (prior to March 1, 2021) are now being provided with a limited-time complimentary membership at the new Arbitrate.com site. These complimentary new Arbitrate.com memberships will have an expiration date based on your corresponding Mediate.com Premium Membership expiration date.

To emphasize the continuing synergy between the Mediate.com and new Arbitrate.com sites, Mediate.com Premium Members will also receive a significant discount on your new Arbitrate.com Membership. You can get your personal discount Arbitrate.com coupon code by sending an email request to admin@arbitrate.com.

We are very excited for Mediate.com and Arbitrate.com to help lead the way in envisioning dispute resolution’s global, online future. We relish the opportunity to work alongside all of you to refine our practice in resolving disputes, and to deliver on the promise of fast and fair resolutions for all.


Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.  She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.


Colin Rule is CEO of Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. ("RIS"), home of Mediate.com, MediateUniversity.com, Arbitrate.com, CaseloadManager.com and a number of additional leading online dispute resolution initiatives.  From 2017 to 2020, Colin was Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies. Tyler acquired Modria.com, an ODR provider that Colin co-founded, in 2017.  Previously, from 2003 to 2011, Colin was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal.  Further, Colin co-founded Online Resolution in 1999, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, and served as its CEO and President.  Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002, and co-author of The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, published by the ABA in 2017. Colin received the first Frank Sander Award for Innovation in ADR from the American Bar Association in 2020, and the Mary Parker Follett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in 2013. Colin holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology, a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from UMass-Boston, a B.A. from Haverford College, and Colin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea from 1995-1997.  You can read many of Colin's articles and see some of his talks at colinrule.com/writing.

 

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