William H. Erickson is a former chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, past chairman of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and a former member of the ABA Board of Governors. He was the recipient of the Colorado Bar Association’s Award of Merit in 1989. Cynthia A. Savage, director of the Office of Dispute Resolution for the Colorado Judicial Branch, is a lawyer, mediator, mediation trainer, and former hearing officer, and has been involved with ADR since 1985.
Dean Roscoe Pound’s classic address in 1906 entitled “The Causes of Popular Dissatisfaction with the Administration of Justice” focused on the archaic nature of court proceedings, the expense of trial, and the injustice of basing decisions on procedural technicalities rather than on the merits of the case.1 In 1976, the Pound Conference was held to examine whether Pound’s complaints had been answered and to discuss future improvements in the field.2 The conference follow-up task force, on which the author served, was chaired by Attorney General Griffin Bell and made recommendations to implement the 1976 Pound Conference proposals.3