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. For an extensive database of community dispute resolution centers see the NY Courts ADR Programs List.

Table of Contents

    Mediation
  1. Mediation Training Programs and Mentoring and Internship Programs
  2. Mediation Panels
    1. Courts
    2. Other government
    3. Community and non-profit
    4. For profit
    Arbitration
  1. Arbitration Training Programs, Mentoring and Internship Programs
  2. Arbitration Panels
    1. Community and non-profit
    2. For profit
    Professional Organizations and listservs
  1. 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 emailto be added to this list.

Project overseen by Weil Mediation

 



I. Mediation Training Programs and Mentoring and Internship Programs

Program Name Phone/Email Contact 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 Family Email: ackerman@ackerman.org 

Phone: 212.879.4900
149 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075
Alternative to violence project 1-800-909-8920
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 Mediators 800-981-4800 P.O. Box 6088, Somerset, NJ 08875
Conflict Coaching Matters info@conflictcoachingmatters.com  407 W. Turnberry Ct.
Westchester, PA 19382
Collaborative Communication 718-797-9525 The Center for Collaborative Communication
340 Decatur Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Conflict Resolution Services of Schenectady County (518) 346-1281 144 Barrett Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Dispute Resolution Center of Herkimer County (315) 894-9917 61 West Street
Ilion, NY 13357
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) 782-3500 3013 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
EAC Long Island Dispute Resolution Center (631) 265-0490 Multiple Locations
Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution Email: TRich@imcr.org

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

South Bronx
Intercultural Forum info@intercultural-forum.org 
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Contact; Maria Volpe
(212) 237-8692
dispute@jjay.cuny.edu 
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (212) 620-7310 208 west 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
Meaningful World Email: 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 County 845.471.7213 147 Union Street, Suite 102
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Mental Health and Mediation Discussion Group Email: dan@mhmediate.org
Mediation Training International 913.432.2888 5700 West 79th Street
Prairie Village, KS 66208-4604
New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators 800-981-4800 80 Veronica Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873

Post Office Box 6088
Somerset, NJ 08875-6088
New York Center for Nonviolent Communication Email: 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) 815-4557 130 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 Institute(formerly known as Safe Horizons) Email: 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
NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Phone: (212) 998-7100

Email: scps.gradadmissions@nyu.edu 
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921, NY, NY 10003
PhillyMediators/Good Shephard program 215-843-5413 Good Shepherd Mediation Program
5356 Chew Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19138
Planning Change, Inc. info@elizabethclemants.com 
Quinnipiac Law School 203-582-8200 275 Mount Carmel ave
Hamden, CT 06518
Steps2Peace.com Email: info@steps2peace.com  48 Blue Mountain Manor, Saugerties, New York, 12477 
The Center for Community Justice
The Center for Mediation and Training Divorce Mediation Email: 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 Conflict Phone: (212) 501-4044 Columbia University Station
PO Box 250555
New York, NY 10025-152
The International Ombudsman Association Email: info@ombudsassociation.org 

Phone: 908-359-0246
390 Amwell Road, Suite 402
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Westchester Community College 914-606-6600 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY, 10595 •

Mediation Panels Courts

Program Name Phone/Email Contact Info.                                          Requirements Compensated or Volunteer
Center for Court Innovation (646)
386-3100
520 8th Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Volunteer
Commercial Division of the NY Supreme Court (646)
1-800-268-7869
25 Beaver Street
Rm. 852
New York, NY 10004

40 hrs training (requirements vary by county)
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. For Mediators, the training requirement is at least 40 hours. 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 Name Phone/Email Contact Info. Requirements Compensated or Volunteer
Civilian Complaint Review Board Lisa Grace Cohen, 212-442-8740 40 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 and Compensated
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - ADR Unit (212) 336-3648 33 Whitehall Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Volunteer

Community and Non-Profit

Program Name Phone/Email Contact Info. Requirements Compensated or Volunteer
Alternative to violence project 1-800-909-8920
info@avpny.org
hawa_keita@yahoo.com
AVP New York
27 William St.
Auburn, NY 13021
Workshops of varying length and intensity Volunteer
Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York

acrgny_questions@acrgny.org

646-580-9560.



Volunteer
collaborative communication 718-797-9525 The Center for Collaborative Communication
340 Decatur Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233

Volunteer
Cornell ILR School: Human Capital Development 866-470-1922 16 E. 34th Street
New York, NY

Volunteer
Cornell Negotiation Workshop Email: ilrcr@cornell.edu 

Phone: 607-255-9298
ILR School, 309 Ives Hall,
Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
Workshops of varying length and intensity Volunteer
Education & Assistance Corp Phone: (516) 539-0150 50 Clinton Street,
Suite 107,
Hempstead, NY 11550

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

Volunteer
Intercultural Forum info@intercultural-forum.org 

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

Volunteer
Midtown Community Court Mediation Program New 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 Studies Phone: (212) 998-7100
scps.gradadmissions@nyu.edu 
7 East 12th Street,
Suite 921,
New York, NY 10003
Completion of a training program Volunteer
Tri-County Mediation Center Contact: Marsha Lawyer
(518) 842-4202
mediation@catholiccharitiesmc.org 
1 Kimball Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Over 30 hours of training followed by an apprenticeship Volunteer
washington heights inwood coalition (212) 781-6722 whic.mail@verizon.net

652 West 187th Street
New York, NY 10033
Completion of a training program Volunteer
Westchester Community College 914-606-6600 75 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 course Volunteer

For Profit

Program Name Phone/Email Contact Info. Requirements Compensated or Volunteer
Applying Neurobiology to Negotiation and Mediation, Neuroawareness (858) 997 7890 Neuro Awareness Consulting Services
2500 Torrey Pines Rd,
Unit 501
La Jolla, CA 92037


Collaborative Professionals of NYC Compensated
Easier Transitions (917) 838 3648
transitionscl@aol.com
 




Effective Conversation

917.232.9413
718.701.4896
marty@effectiveconversation.com


FINRA Call Center: (301) 590-6500
One World Financial Center 200 Liberty Street New York, NY 10281

20 Broad Street New York, NY 10005

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 Resolution 212.949.6490
i nfo@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) 807-9221 IIRP Graduate School
531 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Varying course schedules Compensated
Mediation Training International 913.432.2888 5700 West 79th Street
Prairie Village, KS 66208-4604

Compensated
nyc facilitators group Info. not provided Volunteer
The Business Dispute Clinic Marti G. O'Hare
1-800-45-RESOLVE(737653)
1350 Avenue of the Americas
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Provided by In-house Counsels Compensated
The Center for Community Justice Visit Website for Details
VCS Center for Conflict Resolution (845) 634-7839 Dr. 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 course Volunteer

Arbitration Training Programs, Mentoring and Internship Programs

Program Name Phone/Email Contact 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 
150 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  (312) 263-6477
office@AAML.org 
150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  (312) 263-6477
office@AAML.org 
150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  (312) 263-6477
office@AAML.org 
150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  (312) 263-6477
office@AAML.org 
150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  (312) 263-6477
office@AAML.org 
150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601
ACCORD, A Center for Dispute Settlement Center Dispute Resolution Contact: Richard Squire
(607) 724-5153
joyl@accordny.com 
30 West State Street
Binghamptom, NY 13901
Mediation Works Inc. (617) 973-9739 4 Faneuil hall - 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Arbitration Panels

Program Name Phone/Email Contact Info.
East District Federal Court (718) 613-2600
 
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
 

Community and Non Profit

Program Name Phone/Email Contact Info. Requirements Compensated 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 herefor more details.

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



For Profit

Program Name Phone/Email Contact Info. Requirements Compensated or Volunteer
FINRA FINRA Call Center: (301) 590-6500
One World Financial Center 200 Liberty Street New York, NY 10281

20 Broad Street New York, NY 10005
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

Compensated
Mediation Works Inc. (617) 973-9739 4 Faneuil hall - 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109


Volunteer


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND LIST SERVE

Program Name Phone/Email Contact Info.
New York State Bar Dispute Resolution Section (518) 463-3200 New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
New York City Bar Association 212.382.6663 42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
New York City Bar Association - Co-op and Condo Mediation Project Clare 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) 807-9221 IIRP 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) 528-6552 1901 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 York Joy Rosenthal, (212) 532-4704
Urban Visions 212 228 0980 or 1 518 789 9134 or email Bill at whiteleicht@urbanvisions.us 


Disclaimer of Liability: The New York State Bar Association presents the ADR Resource Guide as a service to our members and other Internet users. It is intended to provide information about dispute resolution resources generally. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the information contained in the ADR Resource Guide and our reliance on information provided by outside sources, we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or at other sites to which we link. You should not act or rely on the information contained in this website without first checking to see if it is current and accurate.