Professor Frank Sander was a leading expert on alternative methods of dispute resolution and is one of the pioneers of the field. Among other innovations, one of his early papers put forth the idea of the "Multi-Door Courthouse," a court system that helps direct disputants to the most appropriate route to resolution. Multi-Door Courthouse systems are presently in use in the United States in Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington D.C., among other places, and internationally in Nigeria and Singapore.
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Concerns and Optimism for Future
Frank Sander reflects on his concerns within the field, which include the tension of quality vs. quantity of the practice, the lack of studies of cost effectiveness, disappointments with the court system fees, and the difficulty of getting more young people/apprentices into the field. However, he's optimistic about the future of mediation.
Challenges of Institutionalizing Mediation
Frank Sander talks about the challenges institutionalization presents: trying to build on what's good without impairing the quality of the practice, becoming part of the court system without courts taking over mediation.
Should Court Mediators Be Lawyers?
Frank Sander discusses how ironically, there has been an ongoing battle within the court system of whether or not mediators need to be lawyers to practice within the courts. Sander voted they didn't need to be lawyers, which was the majority opinion.
Interview with Frank Sander
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Harvard Law Professor Frank Sander, founder of the Multi-Door Courthouse movement, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.
The Three Phases of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Frank Sander speaks of three phases he's noticed in ADR: the Pound Conference followed by ten years of experimentation. The next ten years was the incorporation and practice in law schools and court systems as well as discovering the weaknesses of the practice. The last ten years have been the institutionalization of the field.
In Memoriam: Frank E.A. Sander, pioneer in ADR (1927-2018)
Frank E.A. Sander ’52, a longtime Harvard Law School professor and a pioneer in the field of alternative dispute resolution, has died. He was 90.
Frank Sander: Determining A Mediator's Competency - Video
Frank Sander talks about the 'hot' topic of developing a process for determining a mediator's competency. He hopes licensing will not be a form of determining that competency, but rather focusing on the amount of training a mediator has had.
Frank Sander: Career Path Evolved from Litigation to Mediation - Video
Frank Sander speaks of how he became involved in negotiation and dispute resolution, emphasizing that it was more of an evolving path laid before him rather than a conscious choice to change from family and tax law.
Sander, Frank: Career Move to Mediation Provided a Challenge - Video
Frank Sander talks about why he decided to change career paths in the 70s from tax and family law to mediation. He thought change was important and wanted to be challenged instead of continuing to teach after 15 years.