October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado!
Conflict results from differences in interests and behavior and conflict resolution refers to the means by which conflict is ended. In the legal profession, conflicts are most commonly referred to as “disputes” and conflict resolution is often known as “dispute resolution.” There are quite a number of conflict resolution processes including war, voting, and avoidance (withdrawal from relationship). However, legal professionals are mostly concerned with adjudicative dispute resolution processes (i.e., litigation and arbitration), conciliatory dispute resolution processes (i.e., negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law), and dispute prevention.
In Colorado, Conflict Resolution Month is celebrated every October. And this year is the 10th Anniversary! There have been many events held throughout the month in the state and here at the University of Denver. You can read about these events and find many resources on conflict resolution at
http://conflictresolutionmonth.org/ and at
In honor of Conflict Resolution Month, the Westminster Law Library has compiled a resource and information guide on Conflict Resolution and the Law. While there are many conflict resolution processes, including war and voting, this resource guide focuses on the various forms of conflict resolution within the legal realm. You can view the guide at http://libguides.law.du.edu/conflictresolution.
Thank you to our Reference Assistant Katharine Hales for creating this research guide and authoring this blog post!