Source: (1983) Washington, DC: American Bar Association Special Committee on Resolution of Minor Disputes.

Ten papers representing individual and panel discussions focus on specific programs and general issues related to mediation. Following an overview of mediation, a history of mediation in the United States notes that mediation centers have developed both as programs based in the criminal justice system and as community-based programs. Other issued examined include methods of research and evaluation of alternative dispute resolution programs, recruitment and training of mediators, and the elements necessary for a successful neighborhood justice system, based on the experience of the Community Boards Program in San Francisco.