The focus of the Legislation Committee, chaired by Sherman Kahn and
Richard L. Mattiaccio, is to report to the Section on significant
legislative developments and make recommendations in selected
Major initiatives over recent years have related to the Uniform
Mediation Act (“UMA”) and the Revised Uniform Arbitration
Act (“RUAA”). In addition, Edna Sussman, as an ex officio member of our Committee, has
performed yeoman service reporting on developments with respect to the
Arbitration Fairness Act and other ADR related initiatives in the
Over the past year, we submitted our report to the Section,
supporting certain amendments to the New York Judiciary Law affecting
attorneys’ liens in connection with attorneys’ rendering of
professional services as counsel in arbitrations and mediations.
This report was endorsed by the Section and submitted by the New York
State Bar Association to the Legislature.
An ongoing initiative of the Legislation Committee at this time is
our study, in conjunction with the Collaborative Law Committee, of the
new Uniform Collaborative Law Act. A report has been prepared and
approved by the section’s Executive Committee.
We welcome suggestions and participation from other members of the
Section and from the profession generally with respect to legislative
developments relating to arbitration, mediation, ADR and other forms of