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JAMS Teams Up With Atlanta Arbitration Center – Law360, New York, Feb. 26, 2016

Dispute resolution services provider JAMS announced Friday it would collaborate with the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation at Georgia State University College of Law on training efforts and other arbitration-related projects.

JAMS, originally Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, said the organizations agreed to cooperate in providing overflow hearing spaces and educational programming. The deal marks the Atlanta Center’s seventh recent partnership with a major arbitration organization.

Atlanta Center Executive Director Shelby Grubbs told Law360 Friday that the center’s relationship with JAMS grew out of its work with the Atlanta International Arbitration Society.

“JAMS has been a supporter of the center and its work from the outset,” Grubbs said in a statement.

JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world. Founded in 1979, the Irvine, California-based JAMS says it handles an average of 12,000 cases worldwide each year with a focus on multiparty commercial disputes.

JAMS counts a staff of over 300 full-time arbitrators and mediators plus almost 200 support staff. The arbitration services provider has 23 resolution centers across the U.S. and Canada, including an office in midtown Atlanta, as well as international headquarters in London with a network of European partner organizations and branches.

The Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation, which was founded in 2014 and is located in GSU Law’s new $82.5 million building in downtown Atlanta, has also recently formalized partnerships with the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, the Bogota Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Arbitration and Conciliation and the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, known as ATLAS, Grubbs said.

The Atlanta Center’s new space, which opened on Sept. 30, boasts five hearing rooms with video conferencing systems that were specially built for arbitration proceedings and other spaces intended for use in mediations, such as breakout rooms for private caucuses.

JAMS and the Atlanta Center have already worked together on the preparation of a dispute resolution drafting manual, which was jointly published last year by the center and ATLAS. JAMS also helped prepare GSU law school students for an international mediation competition last summer, the dispute resolution services provider said.

“JAMS is proud to support the center and its mission of helping position Atlanta as a destination of choice for international arbitration matters,” JAMS President and CEO Chris Poole said in a statement. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”