As ADR can be useful in virtually every area of law, the Liaison and
District Representative Coordination Committee, chaired by Geri Krauss,
is working on establishing and nurturing liaison relationships with
other Sections. The hope is that these relationships will lead to
mutually beneficial activities and help to educate other lawyers and
Sections about how they can utilize ADR to benefit their clients.
Through the able leadership of our CLE Committee and other members of
our Section who have stepped up to chair and organize specific programs,
several joint programs are already under way. These have included a full
day joint CLE program with the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law
Section on October 12, 2010 at Fordham Law School entitled “How to Maximize Results in
Mediation and Arbitration.” On October 28, 2010, the Section
sponsored an afternoon joint program with the Elder Law and Senior
Lawyer Section at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel In White Plains. On
November 3, 2010, DRS also sponsored a joint luncheon program with the
focused on how lawyers can most effectively represent their clients in
We are working to set up additional joint programs to be presented as
the year progresses and expect to do a joint program with the Trusts
& Estate Section, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and
others. If you have a suggestion for a joint program with another
Section please let us know.
In addition to joint programming, the Committee is assisting in
the coordination and involvement of other Sections in the development of
a series of white papers on why ADR is useful in different areas of
practice. While many have been completed there are gaps. If
you would like to be involved in the preparation of a white
paper on ADR in your area of practice, please let us know.
Involvement by NYSBA members throughout the state in ADR
activities is an important part of the Section's mission. The
committee works with the district representatives to sponsor
programming to educate other lawyers and Sections on ADR and to share
ideas for engaging NYSBA members in their communities.