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    Diversity Matters CLE Program March 31, 2015
  • Upcoming Events
    • March 31st: Diversity Matters

      "Diversity Matters"

      Dechert LLP
      1095 Avenue of the Americas
      New York City
      5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Registration
      6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m - Reception and Program
      This program qualifies for 2.0 MCLE Credits (1 in Professional Practice and 1 in Skills.) This program is transitional and therefore qualifies for newly-admitted attorneys.
      Cost: Free to Members of Sponsoring Bar Associations | $40.00 for Non-Members
      Panel One: Developing Cross-Cultural Competency in ADR
      As the use of mediation and arbitration rapidly increases around the world, appreciation of the value of cross-cultural skills has led to this being an important aspect of ADR training. Developing cultural sensitivity and cultivating awareness of subtle statements and actions in an ADR proceeding -- so that cross-cultural issues are promptly recognized and addressed in the manner most useful for the unique proceeding at hand -- is not a simple process. There are endless opportunities for cross-cultural misunderstandings, including among citizens of the same country. Our distinguished panelists have expertise in diverse cultures and extensive experience in international and cross-cultural dispute resolution. This discussion will benefit professionals who are arbitrators and mediators, as well as in-house attorneys and outside counsel for parties involved in cross-cultural dispute resolution.

      Tai-Heng Cheng Esq., Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
      Josefa Sicard-Mirabal, Esq., Director, Arbitration and ADR, North America, International Court of Arbitration

      Theodore K. Cheng, Esq., Partner, Fox Horan & Camerini LLP 
      Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq., International Attorney, Mediator and Arbitrator

      Panel Two: Searching for Answers to Why Diversity in ADR Matters
      A panel of renowned ADR providers, scholars, and administrators with a wealth of experience in the development and marketing of neutrals throughout the United States and internationally will address the fundamental, but often overlooked, question of why it is important to focus on diversity in ADR in the first place. They will address how we can make diversity as important a consideration in the selection of neutrals as experience and success rates. The panelists will discuss what steps can be taken by law firms, in-house attorneys, outside counsel, and ADR administrators to achieve greater diversity, not just with respect to the pool of available ADR practitioners, but particularly with respect to the number of ADR practitioners who actually are selected by parties to serve as neutrals.

      Robert L. Jones, Esq., Senior Labor & Employment Attorney with American Airlines
      Laura A. Kaster, Esq., Arbitrator/Mediator 
      Deborah Masucci, Esq., Chair and Board Member of the International Mediation Institute 
      Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Director in the Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group of Stout Risius Ross

      Anta Cissé-Green, Esq., Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
      William Crosby Jr., Esq., is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Managing Attorney at Interpublic Group

      This program is co-sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Nigerian Lawyers Association, Association of Black Women Attorneys, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, and the Puerto Rican Bar Association

      To register over the phone please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452

      For questions: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

    • Commercial Arbitration Training, June 1-3, 2015

      June 1-3, 2015
      Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
      55 Fifth Avenue
      New York, NY  10003

      Register online or complete Registration form

      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.

      Register online or complete Registration form

      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

    Geri S. Krauss, 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 Geri S. Krauss, at gsk@kraussny.com.

  • 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 see 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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