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    The Dispute Resolution Section MCLE Program, Luncheon and Reception: Thursday, January 28, 2016
  • Upcoming Events
    • December 10: Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee Meetings

      The Executive Committee Meets from 8:30am-10:00am at Dorsey and Whitney LLP (51 West 52nd Street, New York City) 

      December 10, 2015

      January 28, 2016 (at the Annual Meeting) 

      March 10, 2016 

      April 19, 2016

      May 26, 2016 

    • January 28, 2016: Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting



      Are We Killing ADR? What is wrong with today’s ADR processes and what we can do to fix them. The program will include four panels that analyze and debate various ideological and structural changes in mediation and arbitration that may be taking ADR in the wrong direction and also will explore possible remedies. Participants will hear from neutrals, program administrators, in-house counsel, and arbitration and mediation counsel about what is or is not working and how we might get back on—or stay on—track. An additional panel will explore various ethical conundrums faced by neutrals.

      9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MCLE Meeting at the NY Hilton Midtown
      12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 51 West 52nd Street.
      6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, 1285 Avenue of the Americas.

      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $260.00 for single/double occupancy. You also can reserve your overnight room online at www.nysba.org/am16accomm

    • March 21-23, 2016: Commercial Mediation Training

      Dispute Resolution Section and Fordham University School of Law
      3 Day Commercial Mediation Training

      March 21-23, 2016
      Fordham University School of Law
      140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023 

      Register Online or View Full Program and Registration Form

      Topics & Skills Presented by: Simeon H. Baum, Esq., litigator, mediator & President, Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. (www.mediators.com) and Stephen A. Hochman, Esq., mediator & arbitrator
      • Cultivating ideal Mediator orientation, attitude & awareness
      • Effective Preparation
      • Effective Communication
      • Deep Listening Skills
      • Effective Openings
      • Maximizing Opportunities in Joint Session
      • Wise Caucusing
      • Power Risk Analysis – art, timing & tact in engaging in evaluative processes
      • Impasse Breaking
      • Coming to Closure
      • Theoretical tools to Grasp the underlying Negotiation
      • Mediation Ethics

      $795 for Dispute Resolution Section Members and Fordham Alumni
      $845 for NYSBA Members
      $945 for Non-NYSBA Members
      Includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee, and electronic online program materials. 

      CLE Credits:
      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program will provide you with a total of 24 CREDIT HOURS. The breakdown is as follows: 6.0 MCLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice, 12.5 in Skills, 4.0 in Ethics, and 1.5 in Law Practice Management. THIS PROGRAM IS TRANSITIONAL AND THEREFORE SUITABLE FOR NEWLY ADMITTED ATTORNEYS.

      Written Materials: 
      Complete course materials are distributed via email to registered attendees in downloadable, digital PDF searchable format at least one week prior to the program date, providing flexibility in using these materials in their day-to-day practice. A hard copy version is available for purchase, please select hard copy materials when registering online or indicate as directed on registration form.

      For additional information contact Adriana Favreau at 518-487-5630 or by email at afavreau@nysba.org. 

    • June 27-29, 2016: Commercial Arbitration Training

      June 27-29, 2016
      Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
      55 Fifth Avenue
      New York, NY  10003

      REGISTER Online or complete Registration Form
      Early Bird Special - Register before February 15th, 2016 and receive $100 off

      The Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law present:
      Comprehensive arbitration training for neutrals and advocates as to the Best Practices in conducting commercial arbitrations.

      This three-day program will focus on Best Practices in conducting commercial arbitrations. It is designed to introduce persons interested in becoming arbitrators as well as experienced arbitrators to contemporary Best Practices in arbitration, based upon recommendations by the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the American Arbitration Association, CPR, JAMS, and other arbitration thought-leaders.   

      This training should be of interest not only to arbitrators, but also to litigators who serve as counsel in arbitrations, bringing them up to date on contemporary Best Practices, including as to such matters as discovery, motion practice, preliminary hearings, and hearings in commercial arbitration.

      In effect, contemporary arbitration Best Practices constitute a bedrock as to the type of process parties and arbitration counsel are entitled to expect – and demand from arbitrators. Understanding arbitration Best Practices will enable litigators to demand from arbitrators the type of arbitration process to which their clients are entitled. The training will be provided by experienced litigators as well as arbitrators.

      In addition to interactive sessions on managing an arbitration from the preliminary conference through the hearing and award, the program will include presentations on the law of arbitration, the ethical rules relating to service as an arbitrator, e-discovery, international arbitration, award writing, and the development of an arbitration practice.

      Topics and Skills: 
      Conducting Conflicts Searches
      Conducting the Preliminary Hearing
      Conducting Hearings on Applications for Preliminary Injunctions and Other Interim Relief
      Determining the appropriate scope of discovery, including documents, electronic documents and depositions
      Determining the appropriate scope of motion practice
      Setting deadlines for discovery and motion practice
      Hearing discovery and substantive motions
      Addressing motions to disqualify counsel
      Special considerations for pro se parties
      Determining what non-party subpoenas to sign
      Running the hearing effectively
      Determining what evidence to admit and exclude
      Dealing with difficult counsel and parties
      Issues as to the authority or not of arbitrators to award sanctions
      Preparing awards, both standard and reasoned
      Handling requests to submit additional evidence after the closing of the hearing
      Deciding applications to amend awards
      Arbitration ethics

      This will be an interactive program with active participation by those taking the training. View the Program from 2015

      For additional information contact Adriana Favreau at 518-487-5630 or by email at afavreau@nysba.org.

  • Blog: Resolution Roundtable

    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.

  • Section Resources and Reports

    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

  • 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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