From the Director
Change is in the air, and this e-newsletter is just one of the changes
you will see from GODR in the coming weeks and months. We've been
listening to your comments and gathering input from registered
neutrals and other sources throughout the state, and we’re trying to
respond to your needs. We’re particularly excited about our
new insurance and retirement benefits program
for registered neutrals. See the article below.
Also, at the urging
of the General Assembly, the Commission on Dispute Resolution has
committed to making GODR a self-sustaining entity by FY2012. That
means that as of July 1, 2011, we will no longer receive any support
from state taxpayer funds. The Commission has developed a realistic
plan to generate the revenue needed to operate this office while at
the same time increasing opportunities and benefits for you.
A critical part of
the Commission’s plan has been GODR’s integration into the
Administrative Office of the Courts, where we now can share resources
with other judicial regulatory agencies and receive much-needed
technical and administrative support. In the long term, the AOC’s
support and the fiscal freedom from the legislature will allow us to
focus more of our energies on improving the state ADR system for our
constituents – our registered neutrals working in Georgia courts and
in other areas, our local ADR court programs, our trainers, and the
litigants, lawyers and judges who use our system.
will now come to your mailbox monthly. Each month we will include
news from GODR, link to upcoming training and CE opportunities, and
articles of interest to all of us who mediate or arbitrate for a
living. If you have ideas for articles, please forward them to us.
Thank you for your service to our profession.
Morokuma, Director GODR