Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) @ CPUC by mkq97313

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									   Alternative Dispute
Resolution (ADR) @ CPUC
     2007 Annual Report
    Chief ALJ Angie Minkin
        Resolution ALJ-185
• ALJ neutrals
• Voluntary-However, parties may be required to
  explore feasibility of ADR
• Timely-Seek to shorten proceedings or, at least,
  produce better outcomes
• Good faith
• Confidential
• Expeditious Commission approval-if legally
  sufficient
             Types of ADR
•   Facilitation
•   Settlement Conferences
•   Mediation
•   Early Neutral Evaluation
       ADR Cases 2005-2007
Year     Cases to     ADR       Cases     % settled
          ADR       completed   Settled
2005       22          17         13       76%

2006       16          14         9        64%

2007       22          15         9        60%

Total      60          46         31       67%
Types of ADR Cases - 2007
  Complaints      55%
 (adjudicatory)
    Energy        23%

    Water         18%

 Rail Crossing    4%
       2007 Developments
• Weekly meetings to identify ADR-eligible
  cases
• Regular notification to Commissioners
  about cases in active ADR (ex parte)
• Appointment of neutrals for large GRCs
• Listing of neutrals on docket cards
• ADR area on CPUC web site
Commission-wide ADR Training
• Multi-year contract with Hastings
  – Negotiation
  – Mediation
  – Facilitation
• Other activities
  – Occasional lectures
  – Practice Group Debriefings
             Recent Events
• October Negotiation Class (8 divisions)
  – ALJ, CD, CPSD, CSID, DRA, ED, LD, SP
• April Mediation Class
• Occasional lectures
  – October: “Cognitive Traps in Negotiation: Lessons
    from Social Psychology” (Prof. Melissa Nelken)
  – March: “Understanding Emotions & Detecting Lies in
    Negotiation” (Prof. Clark Freshman)
        The Future is Now
• Pre-filing mediations
• Greater use of ADR in large GRCs
• Training of more ALJs in mediation & other
  Commission staff in negotiation &
  facilitation
• Integrating ADR training & use into
  ongoing CPUC functions
• Dedicated ADR meeting facility

								
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