Welcome to the ADR Resource Guide for New and Prospective Mediators and Arbitrators

Many attorneys are considering becoming full-time Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") professionals, making arbitration and mediation part of their law practice or improving their ADR advocacy skills. To assist them, the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association has prepared accessible lists of resources available in New York State. Because the information changes constantly, we caution you to visit each organization's website.

Table of Contents

  1. Mediation
  2. Mediation Training Programs and Mentoring and Internship Programs
  3. Mediation Panels
    1. Courts
    2. Other government
    3. Community and non-profit
    4. For profit
  1. Arbitration
  2. Arbitration Training Programs, Mentoring and Internship Programs
  3. Arbitration Panels
    1. Community and non-profit
    2. For profit
  1. Professional Organizations and listservs
  2. Professional Organizations and Listservs 

Mediation

Effective mediators understand the process, possess mediation skills and have personal qualities that engender trust and confidence. The first two characteristics can be learned; the third developed. Some training programs provide basic skills while others focus on a particular approach, such as transformative mediation, or a particular practice area, for example, commercial or divorce mediation. Several provide certification needed to serve in their program. For a list of programs that provide mediator training, click here.

Some organizations provide newly-trained mediations an opportunity to engage in mentorship with experienced mediators through observation and co-mediation, click here.

There are many court-annexed and community mediation programs that provide mediators with opportunities to gain experience, hone their skills, and develop a reputation as an effective mediator. Some of these programs are pro bono, others are compensated, click here.

Arbitration

Skilled arbitrators possess knowledge of many kinds of law (substantive, evidentiary, arbitral, and procedural). They generally have substantial experience in litigation and civil law and possess the qualities of fairness, impartiality, and decisiveness.

Most, though, not all, arbitrations are conducted through private organizations with their own rules and procedures. These training programs focus on learning the applicable procedures of the organization, as well as federal and state arbitration acts, an on managing the process, click here.

Provider organizations generally have specific requirements for inclusion on their panels.

Membership and leadership in organizations that promote arbitration adhere to a published code of conduct and are indicia of an arbitrators credentials.


Cardozo Dispute Resolution

Compiled by Angelo Adam and Nick Schmitt on behalf of the Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society, send an email to be added to this list.

Project overseen by Weil Mediation

 


I. Mediation Training Programs and Mentoring and Internship Programs

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.
New York State Bar Association
Dispute Resolution Section
Email: membership@nysba.org 

Phone: (518) 463-3200
 
New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Ackerman Institute for the FamilyEmail: ackerman@ackerman.org 

Phone: 212.879.4900
149 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075
Alternative to violence project1-800-909-8920
info@avpny.org
hawa_keita@yahoo.com
AVP New York
27 William St.
Auburn, NY 13021
Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York

acrgny_questions@acrgny.org 
646-580-9560.


Civil Mediation Apprenticeships. New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators800-981-4800P.O. Box 6088, Somerset, NJ 08875
Conflict Coaching Mattersinfo@conflictcoachingmatters.com 407 W. Turnberry Ct.
Westchester, PA 19382
collaborative communication718-797-9525The Center for Collaborative Communication
340 Decatur Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Common Ground Dispute Resolution, Inc.(518) 943-0523
dwallant@commonground.org 
11 William Street
Suite 2
Catskill, NY 12414
Community Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.(607) 273-9347
cdrc@cdrc.org
120 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Community Mediation Services, Inc.Contact: Mark Kleiman
(718) 523-6868
markk@adr-cms.org 
89-64 163rd Street
Jamaica, NY 11432
Community Mediation, Inc.Phone: (203) 782-35003013 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
EAC Long Island Dispute Resolution Center(631) 265-0490Multiple Locations
Institute for Mediation and Conflict ResolutionEmail: TRich@imcr.org

Phone: (718) 585-1190
384 East 149th Street in Suite 330

South Bronx
Intercultural Foruminfo@intercultural-forum.org 
John Jay College of Criminal JusticeContact; Maria Volpe
(212) 237-8692
dispute@jjay.cuny.edu 
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center(212) 620-7310208 west 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
Meaningful WorldEmail: Info@meaningfulworld.com 
Phone: 201-941-2266
185 East 85th Street, Mezzanine #4
New York, NY 10028 USA
Phone: +1.201.723.9578
Mediation Apprenticeship, Planning Change, Inc

Mediation Center of Dutchess County845.471.7213147 Union Street, Suite 102
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Mental Health and Mediation Discussion GroupEmail: dan@mhmediate.org
Mediation Training International913.432.28885700 West 79th Street
Prairie Village, KS 66208-4604
New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators800-981-480080 Veronica Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873

Post Office Box 6088
Somerset, NJ 08875-6088
New York Center for Nonviolent CommunicationEmail: office@nycnvc.org 

Phone: (646) 201-9226
Main Office and Meeting Space
Gardnertown Road
Newburgh, NY 12550
New York Center for Interpersonal Development Phone: (718) 815-4557130 Stuyvesant Place, 5th Floor
Staten Island NY 10301
New York City Bar Association(212) 382.6600
sglazer@nycbar.org 
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
 
New York Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA)(518) 687-2240
rebecca@nysdra.org 
255 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
New York Peace InstituteEmail: info@nypeace.org 

Phone: 212.577.1740
346 Broadway, Suite 400W New York, NY 10013

210 Joralemon St., Suite 618 Brooklyn, NY 11201
nyc facilitators group
NYCID718-815-4557130 Stuyvesant Place, 5th Floor
Staten Island NY 10301
NYU School of Continuing and Professional StudiesPhone: (212) 998-7100

Email: scps.gradadmissions@nyu.edu 
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921, NY, NY 10003
PhillyMediators/Good Shephard program215-843-5413Good Shepherd Mediation Program
5356 Chew Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19138
Planning Change, Inc.info@elizabethclemants.com 
Quinnipiac Law School203-582-8200275 Mount Carmel ave
Hamden, CT 06518
Steps2Peace.comEmail: info@steps2peace.com 48 Blue Mountain Manor, Saugerties, New York, 12477 
The Center for Community Justice
The Center for Mediation and Training Divorce MediationEmail: sabel@igc.org 

Phone: 212.799.4302

Phone: 845.638.4666
111 W. 90th St. New York, NY 10024

101 South Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960
The Center for Understanding in ConflictPhone: (212) 501-4044Columbia University Station
PO Box 250555
New York, NY 10025-152
The International Ombudsman AssociationEmail: info@ombudsassociation.org 

Phone: 908-359-0246
390 Amwell Road, Suite 402
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Westchester Community College914-606-660075 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY, 10595 •

Mediation Panels Courts

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.RequirementsCompensated or Volunteer
Center for Court Innovation(646)
386-3100
520 8th Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Volunteer
New York State Unified Court System -
ADR Program
(212)
428-2863
25 Beaver Street,
Room 855
New York, NY 10004
Must have successfully completed at least six hours of approved training
in procedural and ethical matters related to neutral evaluation. Additional
requirements here.
Volunteer
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit(212)
857-8800
U.S. Court House
40 Foley Square
New York, NY 10007

Volunteer
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York(718)
613-2577
U.S. Court House
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
All EDNY panelists have been members of a state bar for 5 years or more,
have been trained in mediation, and have been interviewed and screened by
the court. Effective 7/7/2009, EDNY mediators in the program are compensated
in accordance with EDNY Local Rule 83.11(f)(1).
Compensated
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York(212)
805-0650
U.S. Court House
40 Foley Square,
Suite 120
New York, NY 10007
Mediators must have at least five years experience as attorneys and have
completed Court sponsored mediation training. If parties request, the appointed
mediator shall have expertise in the area of law involved in the case.
Volunteer

Other Government

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.RequirementsCompensated or Volunteer
Civilian Complaint Review BoardLisa Grace Cohen, 212-442-874040 Rector Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10006

attorneys, law professors, or college professors.
Those who are not attorneys have received extensive
training and conduct mediations for community dispute
resolution centers throughout New York State

Volunteer
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - ADR Unit(212) 336-364833 Whitehall Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Volunteer

Community and Non-Profit

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.RequirementsCompensated or Volunteer
Alternative to violence project1-800-909-8920
info@avpny.org
hawa_keita@yahoo.com
AVP New York
27 William St.
Auburn, NY 13021
Workshops of varying length and intensityVolunteer
Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York

acrgny_questions@acrgny.org

646-580-9560.



Volunteer
collaborative communication718-797-9525The Center for Collaborative Communication
340 Decatur Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233

Volunteer
Cornell Negotiation WorkshopEmail: ilrcr@cornell.edu 

Phone: 607-255-9298
ILR School, 309 Ives Hall,
Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
Workshops of varying length and intensityVolunteer
Education & Assistance CorpPhone: (516) 539-015050 Clinton Street,
Suite 107,
Hempstead, NY 11550

Volunteer
Elder Decisions(617) 621-7009
info@elderdecisions.com 
30 Walpole Street
Norwood, MA 02062

Volunteer
Intercultural Foruminfo@intercultural-forum.org 

Volunteer
John Jay College of Criminal JusticeContact; Maria Volpe
(212) 237-8692
dispute@jjay.cuny.edu 
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Volunteer
Midtown Community Court Mediation ProgramNew York City: 646.386.3100
Syracuse: 315.266.4330
520 8th Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10018

One Park Place
300 South State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Volunteer
NYU School of Continuing and Professional StudiesPhone: (212) 998-7100
scps.gradadmissions@nyu.edu 
7 East 12th Street,
Suite 921,
New York, NY 10003
Completion of a training programVolunteer
Safe Horizons Mediation ProgramHarlem: 212.695.2220
Lower East Side: 646.602.6404
209 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027

33 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Completion of a training course or internshipVolunteer or compensated
Tri-County Mediation CenterContact: Marsha Lawyer
(518) 842-4202
mediation@catholiccharitiesmc.org 
1 Kimball Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Over 30 hours of training followed by an apprenticeshipVolunteer
washington heights inwood coalition(212) 781-6722 whic.mail@verizon.net

652 West 187th Street
New York, NY 10033
Completion of a training programVolunteer
Westchester Community College914-606-660075 Grasslands Road,
Valhalla, NY, 10595 

Volunteer
Westchester Mediation Center of CLUSTER(914) 963-6500
jenbesch@aol.com 
20 S. Broadway
Suite 501
Yonkers, NY 10023
Completion of a 35 hour training courseVolunteer

For Profit

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.RequirementsCompensated or Volunteer
Applying Neurobiology to Negotiation and Mediation, Neuroawareness(858) 997 7890Neuro Awareness Consulting Services
2500 Torrey Pines Rd,
Unit 501
La Jolla, CA 92037


Collaborative Professionals of NYCCompensated
Conflict Resolution Services of Schenectady County(518) 346-1281
loj@capital.net 
144 Barrett Street
Schenectady, NY 12305


Dispute Resolution Center of Herkimer County(315) 894-9917
adamsdrc@dreamscape.com 
61 West Street
Ilion, NY 13357
Completion of a training courseVolunteer
Easier Transitions(917) 838 3648
transitionscl@aol.com
 




Effective Conversation

917.232.9413
718.701.4896
marty@effectiveconversation.com


FINRACall Center: (301) 590-6500
FINRA 1735 K Street Washington DC, 20006

1. Mediator training
(we prefer multi-day training that includes role-playing techniques);
2. Certifications or membership on other mediator rosters;
3. Relevant experience as a mediator; and
4. Four letters of reference (to be supplied with the mediator's
application and from parties or attorneys who have mediated with the
applicant and can attest to the applicant's skills and experience as a mediator)


International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution212.949.6490
info@cpradr.org
International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
575 Lexington Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10022
Candidates are screened for their ADR expertise and training, and candidate references are asked to comment specifically on the applicant qualifications to serve on large complex commercial disputes. Compensated
International Institute for Restorative Practices(610) 807-9221IIRP Graduate School
531 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Varying course schedulesCompensated
Mediation Training International913.432.28885700 West 79th Street
Prairie Village, KS 66208-4604

Compensated
nyc facilitators groupInfo. not providedVolunteer
The Business Dispute ClinicMarti G. O'Hare
1-800-45-RESOLVE(737653)
1350 Avenue of the Americas
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Provided by In-house CounselsCompensated
The Center for Community JusticeVisit Website for Details
VCS Center for Conflict Resolution(845) 634-7839Dr. Gail Gordon
â"… VCS Center for Conflict Resolution
77 South Main Street
New City, NY 10956
24 hour training course, 4-5 hours donated weekly Volunteer
Westchester Mediation Center of CLUSTER(914) 963-6500
jenbesch@aol.com 
20 S. Broadway
Suite 501
Yonkers, NY 10023
Complete the 35 hour training courseVolunteer

Arbitration Training Programs, Mentoring and Internship Programs

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.
New York State Bar Dispute Resolution Commercial Arbitration Training 800-582-2452
kheider@nysba.org 
ONE ELK STREET, ALBANY, NY 12207 
American Arbitration Association (212) 716-3940
casefiling@adr.org 
1633 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019
ACCORD, A Center forDispute Settlement CenterDispute ResolutionContact: Richard Squire
(607) 724-5153
joyl@accordny.com 
30 West State Street
Binghamptom, NY 13901
Mediation Works Inc.(617) 973-97394 Faneuil hall - 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Arbitration Panels

Community and Non Profit

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.RequirementsCompensated or Volunteer
American Arbitration Association(212) 716-3940
casefiling@adr.org 
1633 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Qualifications vary based on panel. See here for more details.

Cornell Labor Arbitration & Mediation ServicesTraci Morse
Tel: 607-255-9298
tlm6@cornell.edu 



For Profit

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.RequirementsCompensated or Volunteer
FINRAFINRA Call Center: (301) 590-6500
FINRA 1735 K Street Washington DC, 20006
Arbitrator applicants must have a minimum of five years of paid business
and/or professional experience and at least two years of college-level credits. Apply

Mediation Works Inc.(617) 973-97394 Faneuil hall - 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109


Volunteer


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND LIST SERVE

Program NamePhone/EmailContact Info.
New York State Bar Dispute Resolution Section(518) 463-3200New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
New York City Bar Association212.382.666342 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
New York City Bar Association - Co-op and Condo Mediation ProjectClare Plunkett: (212) 382-6772
cplunkett@nycbar.org
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Free Webinars, US Institute of Peace +1.202.457.1700
www.usip.org
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
ADR hub
Collaborative Professionals of NYC
Dispute Settlement Center(716) 883-5960
jloesch@upstatenybbb.org 
741 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
Free Webinars, US Institute of Peace +1.202.457.1700
www.usip.org
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
International Institute for Restorative Practices(610) 807-9221IIRP Graduate School
531 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
CUNY Dispute Resolution Center (212) 237-8692 dispute@jjay.cuny.edu CUNY Dispute Resolution Center
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 Tenth Avenue, Suite 520
New York, NY 10019 
Mediators Beyond Borders(703) 528-65521901 North Fort Myer Drive,
Suite 405,
Arlington, VA 22209
national association for community mediation(602) 633-4213, admin@nafcm.org 
nyc facilitators group
The Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New YorkJoy Rosenthal, (212) 532-4704
Urban Visions212 228 0980 or 1 518 789 9134 or email Bill atwhiteleicht@urbanvisions.us 


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