Synopsis By: Lurie - Proceeding Author: W. Daniel Boone, Jane H. Devlin, Sharon Henderson Ellis, Elliott H. Goldstein, John M. Phelan

The panelists agree that an arbitrator can facilitate pre-hearing matters, such as the production of documents, definition of the issues, and exploring settlement. However, they also agree that the arbitrator should be circumspect, given his/her lack of knowledge of the case, and should conduct any such efforts openly, and with attention given to due process.