Jerry Barrett: Historian of the ADR Movement

I learned recently that Jerry Barrett had passed away. Here is his obituary on I meet Jerry a number of years ago after his book on the history of the ADR field was published – A History of Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Story of a Political, Social, and Cultural Movement – which is the best guide to understanding the development of the field. At the time we met, he was looking for find a home for his collection of papers on the field.

He was an important chronicler of our field, and made an important contribution to our work and the conflict field.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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