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Retired Judge Sievers surrenders robe but not interest in resolving conflict

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Retired Judge Sievers surrenders robe but not interest in resolving conflict

Joins ADR neutral roster to mediate, arbitrate disputes out of court

Lincoln, NE (February 12, 2015) — Richard Sievers, a former Chief Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, has joined the roster of neutrals with Affirmative Dispute Resolution in Omaha.  Sievers served on the Court of Appeals from the new Court’s organization in early 1992 until his retirement in 2013. He is now mediating and arbitrating a variety of civil cases, which is generally referred to as “alternative dispute resolution.”

Judge Richard Sievers Lincoln NE Mediator Arbitrator ADRSievers is the ninth neutral and second retired judge to join Affirmative Dispute Resolution’s roster of neutrals who provide mediation, arbitration and evaluation services for disputes in Nebraska.  While its main office is in Omaha, Affirmative Dispute Resolution offers logistical support for ADR services throughout the state for a variety of cases.  The business manages the ADR process, freeing up the parties, their attorneys and the neutral to focus on resolving the conflict.

Ben Thompson, the Nebraska attorney who founded Affirmative Dispute Resolution, welcomed Sievers to the roster.  “With over 20 years in private practice and another 21 years on the bench, Judge Sievers brings a wealth of experience in the Nebraska judicial system to the roster.  This matched with his enthusiasm for ADR and the benefits it offers to parties in conflict makes him an excellent choice as a neutral.  We are excited to have Judge Sievers be part of the ADR team.”

Sievers expressed optimism for the future of ADR in Nebraska. “I like that Affirmative Dispute Resolution recognizes that although traditional litigation is sometimes necessary, there are ADR procedures that can support that process to make litigation more efficient and cost effective. These ADR options include, and promote, achieving a final resolution short of a full-blown and expensive trial.  Additionally, through ADR parties are actively involved in the process of reaching a settlement agreement, thereby giving them greater ownership of the process, and of the end result, than might be true of the traditional litigation process.”

Thompson described ADR neutrals as impartial professionals that are skilled in assisting parties in resolving conflict outside the courts, whether through a voluntary non-binding mediation procedure or through a binding arbitration procedure.  He indicated that Affirmative Dispute Resolution is unique in Nebraska for also offering evaluation services, where parties and their attorneys can obtain an independent assessment of their case at various stages to determine whether their position is still justified.

Affirmative Dispute Resolution recently launched its “ADR Neutral Finder” on its website, which assists the public or lawyers with identifying a suitable neutral for a particular case, narrowing down the selections based on service desired or type of case.  Sievers, who offices out of Lincoln, is able to travel throughout Nebraska.  He is willing to provide mediation, arbitration, and evaluation services in a variety of cases, including agriculture, banking, commercial, divorce, employment, estates, professional negligence, probate, personal injury and other areas.

During his career, Sievers has devoted much time to ensuring that parties have access to justice, particularly unrepresented “pro se” litigants.  He authored the “Citizen’s Guide to the Nebraska Appellate Courts,” which has been available at district courts throughout the state. Sievers was the recipient of the Supreme Court of Nebraska’s 2005 “Award for Distinguished Judge” for his service to the community in improving access to justice for pro se litigants through his leadership on the Court’s Pro Se Litigation Committee. He has also volunteered his time for Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska and the National High School Mock Trial Championship.

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Affirmative Dispute Resolution provides parties in conflict with third-party neutrals who offer private ADR services including mediationarbitrationcase evaluation, and settlement conferences.

 

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Ben Thompson is an attorney licensed in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. He is the founder of Affirmative Dispute Resolution, a provider of ADR services in Omaha, Nebraska.
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