Editor's Introduction

Date01 March 2014
Published date01 March 2014
AuthorSusan S. Raines
Today I read a newsletter from a prominent lawyers’ organization indi-
cating that the biggest trend in legal services is an emphasis on dispute
prevention and early settlement. The consensus among attorneys polled for
the article was that the demand for litigation services is falling significantly
year after year while demand for mediation and conflict intervention ser-
vices is increasing. For disputants, mediators, and those working in the
fields of dispute resolution and conflict resolution, this is wonderful news!
It means the skills and concepts promulgated in the pages of Conflict Reso-
lution Quarterly (CRQ) and practiced by members of the Association for
Conflict Resolution are increasingly in demand. Painful, costly, and frus-
trating litigation is increasingly out of the financial reach of many dispu-
tants, while even those who can afford it are seeking a less adversarial path
to resolution.
The articles in this edition of CRQ embody these trends. They examine
democratic decision making and procedural justice in the classroom, tech-
niques for maintaining participant satisfaction and trust even when using
evaluative or pressing mediation strategies, concepts of justice held by
restorative justice facilitators, domestic violence survivor perspectives on
screening in family law cases, and mediating difficult value conflicts. Each
of these contributes new knowledge, skills, and understandings of decision
making and mediation.
If you have thoughts, critiques, or additional perspectives to add, please
e-mail me any time.
Happy reading!
Professor, MS in Confl ict Management Program
Kennesaw State University
Editor-in-Chief, Confl ict Resolution Quarterly
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Published online in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) • DOI: 10.1002/crq.21093

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