The Mediation Committee hopes to become a valuable resource for New
York practitioners and consumers of mediation. The Committee
will seek to promote the use of mediation, to present programs on
topics of interest to mediators and advocates, to provide a forum
to debate policy issues important to the profession, and to take
positions on such issues when it is appropriate to do so.
The Mediation Committee has been very active over this past year and
has several exciting projects in the pipeline for 2010-2011.
The Committee’s report on mediator quality – the result of a
year-long study of past and current thinking on the topic – was
enthusiastically adopted by the Section in May of 2010. The
committee also undertook an ambitious survey of New York litigators to
learn their views on mediation; the results have been tabulated will be
presented for review.
Another project now well underway is a mentor-mentee matchmaking
service, which we expect to work smoothly and simply to give fledgling
mediators opportunities to learn from their more experienced
In addition to these ventures, we’ve invited leading
practitioners in the field to our bi-monthly meetings to facilitate
discussions of best practices and practice development, including fee
issues, mediators’ proposals, settlement agreements, moving past
impasse and risk analysis. This is a continuing feature at our
As mediation is a dispute resolution tool that is of great benefit in
many substantive areas of the law, a series of papers on the benefits of
mediation in many fields of law were being prepared to educate
practitioners about how mediation might benefit their clients and how it
might be of particular applicability in specific fields of law.