Vanderbilt Law Review

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The future of labor arbitration and the viewpoint of the lawyer with reference thereto depend very largely upon the arbitrators and their procedures, conduct and decisions. Of course, the parties and their counsel are under a duty, in the words of the Code of Ethics and Procedural Standards for Labor-Management Arbitration prepared by the American Arbitration Association and the National Academy of Arbitrators and approved by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, "to approach arbitration in a spirit of cooperation with the arbitrator and should seek to aid him in the performance of his duties." Nevertheless, the arbitrator, like the judge, must have the strength and independence and courage to decide justly, and so function as to gain and retain the respect and confidence of all concerned with arbitration, including the public, which has rights and interests which should be recognized.