Duquesne Law Review


John Maull


This article analyzes the alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") programs implemented by federal district courts, pursuant to the Civil Justice Reform Act. It considers whether Congress should impose ADR uniformity in the federal system or whether Congress should continue to allow district courts to experiment with ADR. The article proposes a solution to this question, which balances the autonomy of district court ADR programs and the preservation of core federal values. The article also examines how ADR impacts indigent litigants and suggests that the federal system reevaluate its approach toward indigents and ADR.

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