Professor Amy J. Schmitz was renamed as a fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution for 2019-2020. Fellows are chosen from among an international group of educators and innovators who have contributed to the growing field of online dispute resolution (ODR). Schmitz was first named as a fellow in 2018.
She will be a panelist at the annual ODR Forum in Virginia in October. She will be on a panel discussing “Ethics and Efficiency in ODR Design.” The conference is hosted by the National Center for State Courts and the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution.
She also has been appointed to serve as a co-chair of the American Bar Association Online Dispute Resolution Task Force. This task force will bring together several ABA Dispute Resolution Committees, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution to develop “best practices” and ethical guidelines for the use of online dispute resolution (ODR), and technology in advancing access to justice (A2J). This work is particularly important as courts increasingly turn to use of ODR to advance A2J and efficiency. For her part, Professor Schmitz will be heavily involved in the effort both as the co-chair of the task force and the co-chair of the ABA Technology and Dispute Resolution Committee.