The focus of the Legislation Committee, chaired by Kathleen Scanlon and
Geraldine Reed Brown, is to report to the Section on significant legislative
developments and make recommendations in selected instances.
Major initiatives over recent years have related to the Uniform Mediation Act
(“UMA”) and the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act (“RUAA”). In addition, Edna
Sussman, as an ex officio member of our
Committee, has performed yeoman service reporting on developments with respect
to the Arbitration Fairness Act and other ADR related initiatives in the
Over the past year, we submitted our report to the Section, supporting
certain amendments to the New York Judiciary Law affecting attorneys’ liens in
connection with attorneys’ rendering of professional services as counsel in
arbitration and mediation. This report was endorsed by the Section and
submitted by the New York State Bar Association to the Legislature.
An ongoing initiative of the Legislation Committee at this time is our study,
in conjunction with the Collaborative Law Committee, of the new Uniform
Collaborative Law Act. A report has been prepared and approved by the section’s
We welcome suggestions and participation from other members of the Section
and from the profession generally with respect to legislative developments
relating to arbitration, mediation, ADR and other forms of dispute resolution.
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