Professional Associations, Non Profit Organizations

ADR Generally

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) ACR is the merged organization of AFM, CRENet, and SPIDR.

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Provides specialized training for divorce, custody, child protection, and domestic violence mediation.

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution

Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS)

New England Chapter of Association for Conflict Resolution (NE-ACR) Includes education and networking for area ADR advocates; extensive links list.

The Carter Center


American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM)

International Academy of Mediators

Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) Established in 1982, self-reported as the state's oldest professional organization devoted exclusively to family mediation. Includes link to Family Mediation Quarterly as well as a list of practice standards, a mediator locater, and referral directory.

National Association for Community Mediation

The Keybridge Foundation Center for Mediation


American Arbitration Association

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

National Academy of Arbitrators

National Arbitration Forum

International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (international commercial disputes)

Collaborative Law

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Global Collaborative Law Council


Ombudsmen Committee, ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

The International Ombudsman Institute

The International Ombudsman Association

United States Ombudsman Association

Other Legal Associations

American Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Uniform Law Commission Includes links to approved acts, drafts, and legislation. E.g., the Uniform Arbitration Act (2000) and Uniform Mediation Act (2001).