Dispute Resolution Section

Dispute Resolution Section

Mark your calendars for the following Committee meetings and upcoming events! 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

ADR in the Courts Committee  
June 6, 2018 - Speaker - Julie M. Loesch, Esq., Director, Center for Resolution and Justice (CRJ) at Child & Family Services and Bridget M. O'Connell, Esq., JD/MSW, Chair, ADR Committee Bar Association of Erie County -- POSTPONED until June 15
Meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month. 

Arbitration Committee  
June 13, 2018 

Diversity Committee 
TBD

Ethics Committee
May 29, 2018 - Speaker - Hon. Ariel Belen (ret'd), JAMS, Presenting Ethics Issues I have encountered in Mediation

Executive Committee 
June 6, 2018
July 10, 2018
August 15, 2018
September 12, 2018
October 22, 2018
November 14, 2018
December 12, 2018

Mediation Committee
TBD

Negotiation Committee
June 18, 2018 

WEBINARS 

November 29, 2017 - When Arbitration Goes to New York Courts -- Recording is posted in communities under "quick links" on the home page.
December 12, 2017 - Arbitration at Work -- Recording is posted in communities under "quick links" on the home page

To RSVP any of these meetings, please email Sydney Joy at sjoy@nysba.org. 

SAVE THE DATE

Advanced Mediation Training - June 12-13, 2018
Advantages of Mediation in Resolving Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Adult Guardianship Matters - June 14, 2018
3 Day Arbitration Training - June 18-20, 2018 

This past Friday and Saturday (May 18-19,2018), the NYSBA’s Dispute Resolution Section held a training program focused on preparing advocates for representing clients in mediation and arbitration. This was the first program of its kind and was designed to be the first step in approving attending participants to represent clients through the Dispute Resolution Section’s newly-formed ADR pro bono clinic. The program was organized and co-chaired by Alexander Bachuwa (Bachuwa Law PLLC), Randall Tesser (Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP), and Ross J. Kartez (Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.). Thank you to St. John’s University and the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution for providing the space and co-sponsoring the event. 

The program was a huge success. The event was overbooked and the organizers scrambled to find a larger room to house the audience – the enthusiastic crowd made for a fun and engaging program. 

Day one was all about mediation. Randall Tesser led the mediation program that included industry leaders Simeon Baum (Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.), Lew Tesser (Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP), Prof. Elayne Greenberg (St. John’s University School of Law), and Robyn Weinstein (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York), who trained the attendees on how to effectively reach their adversaries without conceding their client’s interests. The presenters went through the full process, including voluntary vs. mandatory mediation, confidentiality, choosing a mediator, mediation philosophy, drafting a mediation statement, opening statements, communicating with the other side and the mediator, caucuses, joint sessions,  reaching agreements, follow-up efforts, and much more. There were plenty of exercises that kept the attendees on their toes, and everyone seemed to learn a lot about the process while having fun too. 

Day two was all about arbitration. Alex Bachuwa led the arbitration program, starting with the arbitration provision and moving all the way through post-award issues. Attendees received a comprehensive understanding of arbitration. The faculty included experienced arbitrators and advocates Alex Bachuwa, Ross J. Kartez, Charlie Moxley (MoxleyADR LLC), M. Salman Ravala (Criscione Ravala, LLP), David J. Abeshouse (Law Office of David J. Abeshouse), and Erica Garay (Garay ADR Services). The arbitration training included reviewing the arbitration clause, reviewing the provider’s rules, ascertaining arbitrability, selecting the arbitrator, preparing for the initial pre-hearing conference, streamlining discovery, preparing and submitting pre-hearing materials, presenting the case effectively, and issuing the award. The presenters made an effort to create a theme throughout the day that arbitration is a creature of contract, and that advocates must understand the flexible and streamlined nature of the process. The audience participated in various exercises that allowed them to utilize many of the tools learned throughout the day. 

The program was capped off with a networking cocktail reception giving the attendees a chance to relax and reflect on their experience. 

The organizers enjoyed the program and look forward to planning an encore next year. 

Click here to view photos from the program. 

ADR in the Courts & Mediation Committee Meeting Recap On April 4th, the ADR in the Courts and Mediation committees held a joint dinner meeting at Davis Polk.  The guest speaker was Prof. Donna Shestowsky of UC Davis Law

A LOT HAPPENED AT THE NYSBA DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION FALL MEETING HELD ON OCTOBER 26, 2017

On October 26, 2017 the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section Fall Meeting: Brave new World in Dispute Resolution was held at New York Law School.  Record breaking attendance of over 150 registrants came to this event. Seasoned national and international ADR professionals had an interactive discussion with the attendees on topics covering arbitration, mediation, ethics, diversity, and new innovations in the dispute resolution which included dispute resolution system design and hybrid processes. A highlight of the meeting was the appearance of former New York Governor David Patterson. The audience related to his words when he said: “In multi-party negotiations it doesn’t matter whether the mediator is the head of the chamber of commerce, head of civil rights organizations, congressman, person who lost to the congressman, former congressman or recovering governor. The point is really just that different parties even on the same sides somehow have different interests and as the mediator you have to somehow resolve the problems even internally. “ 

If you were unable to attend in person, a Live Webcast can still be purchased at the following link: 

http://www.nysba.org/store/detail.aspx?id=VDRSFA17


WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW VOICES: A CALL FOR SPEAKERS, PANELISTS AND WRITERS

The Dispute Resolution Section is looking for speakers, panelists, and writers to participate and contribute to its meetings and publications. Please consider volunteering to speak, serve on a panel, write or otherwise contribute to one of our upcoming events or publications. We welcome new perspectives and are committed to presenting panels that are DIVERSE in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and religion.

If you are interested in participating or have any recommendations for future programs, please click here to fill out the form. Please email the filled out form to Sydney Joy

To learn more about the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Sydney Joy

Mediation Choices for Effective Representation and Advocacy

Sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, the Corporate Counsel Section, and by the Dispute Resolution Section.

Monday, October 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Program with Reception to Follow

New York Law School
185 W. Broadway
New York, NY 10013

8.0 MCLE Credits in Skills

NYSBA Member: $225 | Non-Member: $325
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Member: $150
Corporate Counsel Section Member: $150
Dispute Resolution Section Member: $150
New York Law School Student: Free (Contact the NYSBA Member Resource Center to Register at 800-582-2452)

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and post-program reception.

Click here to view the program agenda.

This program was designed for in-house and outside counsel to learn how to optimize results from mediation. The panelists are experienced mediation advocates and mediators who will add tools to your mediator's toolkit.

8.0 MCLE Credits in Skills


Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

To register for this program please click on the link below or contact the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 or mrc@nysba.org.

Resolution Roundtable, the official Blog of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Dispute Resolution Section focuses on negotiation, collaboration, mediation, neutral evaluation, arbitration and other new and hybrid forms of dispute resolution in all areas of legal practice. This blog will report on current developments in these areas, provide practice tips and techniques, highlight ways in which experienced practitioners have dealt with unusual or particularly difficult issues, report on section events and other matters of interest to all the participants in party-selected solutions. To view the blog click here

Jeffrey T. Zaino, chair of the Dispute Resolution Section Blog Committee and Blog Administrator, is coordinating all blog posts for the Section.

If you wish to participate as a blogger or want to propose blog topics, please contact Jeffrey T. Zaino at zainoj@adr.org.

Dispute Resolution Section Resources & Reports

The Dispute Resolution Section prides itself in the resources that it provides its members and the community.  Please click on the links below for our comprehensive resource guide, Section reports, white papers, ad other Section Publications. 

ADR Resource Guide For Mediators and Arbitrators 

Section Reports 

Section White Papers

Section Publications

VIEW THE LATEST NEW YORK DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAWYER

The New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of dispute resolution on various topics including arbitration, mediation, and collaborative law. Also included are updates on case law and legislation, as well as Section activities. The New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer is published by the Dispute Resolution Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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