Volume 11, Issue 4 - April 2013

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Welcome to Volume 11, Issue 4 of the Mayhew-Hite Report.  This is the final issue of the 2012-13 academic year.  It has been a fantastic experience serving as Editor of this publication.  In only a little over ten years, the Mayhew-Hite Report has created a rich history, consistently adding an important and enjoyable online dimension to The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.  This is increasingly significant as online readership and scholarship becomes more and more prevalent in legal education and the legal profession.  I want to thank my advisors, co-board members, and all the contributors from within and outside of the Moritz College of Law that have helped make the last several issues of the Mayhew-Hite Report such a success.  I also should mention that the publication has a bright future.  I look forward to passing on the Editorial post to Brodi Conover (’14).

Turning to the Issue at hand, we have what could fairly be called a “smorgasbord” of content for you.  A diverse array of subjects and ideas are addressed in the various features of this Issue.  The “Student Spotlight” and “Article Summary” features create an interesting juxtaposition of trends in the world of ADR.  In the former, Watson (’13) takes a look at the concept of optimization, a product of technical fields such as math and engineering, and discusses the potential benefits it brings to the field of ADR and advocates for its application.  In the latter, Elisabeth McClear (’14) summarizes an article by Jacqueline Nolan-Haley that analyzes the formalization of mediation and, in turn, the erosion of this important ADR process’ fundamental principles.

Our “From our Friends” feature is an article by Harvey J. Kirsh entitled Launching the Arbitration: The Prehearing Conference.  Kirsh examines the initial pre-hearing conference and describes some best practices that will help parties and counsel avoid pitfalls commonly found in litigation, thus maintaining arbitration’s integrity as an alternative dispute resolution process.

Finally, our “Lead Article” is by Gabriela Steier (Duquesne Law ’12).  Entitled The WTO’s Blind Spot: Dispute Resolution in the International Food Industry, this piece analyzes the important role the World Trade Organization plays in international food trade based on a discussion of the organization’s dispute resolution of the entry of, and resistance to, American genetically modified crops in the European market.

I hope you all enjoy this Issue and look forward to many more to come.  Again, it has been a pleasure serving as Editor of the Mayhew-Hite Report.  As always, thank you to our contributors and thank you all so much for reading.

Adam M. Vernick

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