The Legislative Update exists to inform the reader of various state and federal laws passed during the 2021-2022 legislative sessions. More specifically, the statutes discussed below relate to alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) in its many forms. This is an annual update compiled and written by the Journal of Dispute Resolution’s Associate Members and edited by the Associate Editor-in-Chief. This year represented a wide mix of laws passed—some related to health and safety in a post-pandemic world; others posed solutions to problems relevant before the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually, the Legislative Update is limited exclusively to state legislation. We decided to include federal given the substantial impact the bills would have on arbitration and dispute resolution more broadly.



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