This Essay works in two steps. I want to daydream with you about the future, or what I hope will someday be the future, of our dispute resolution movement. I want to then use these imaginings to reflect upon where we are today. I want to suggest something that may at first seem odd: Our ultimate goal should be to put ourselves, or virtually put ourselves, out of business. Eventually, I hope the time will come when we live in a society where the expert services of dispute resolution professionals, including not only lawyers and judges but also mediators and arbitrators, are rarely needed.
Jonathan R. Cohen, Let’s Put Ourselves Out of Business: On Respect, Responsibility and Dialogue in Dispute Resolution, 108 Penn St. L. Rev. 227 (2003), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/38