Dispute Resolution Section Meeting

Thursday, January 25, 2018
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 3.00 (Professional Practice 2.00, Ethics 1.00)
Trianon, 3rd Floor


12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

2:00 p.m. –  2:05 p.m.
Welcome Remarks

2:05 p.m. –  3:20 p.m.
Business Development and Ethical Considerations for Mediators and Arbitrators
1.5 Credits (.5 Professional Practice and 1.0 Ethics)

Panelists will discuss important steps in building a practice as a neutral.  This will include ethical considerations  in setting up and building a successful practice, social media approach, insurance options, cyber security protections and other concerns.

John Bickerman, Bickerman Dispute Resolution
Stephanie Cohen, Independent Arbitrator
Harrie Samaras, ADR Office of Harrie Samaras 

3:20 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.
Remarks by John Kiernan on the New York City Bar Association President’s Committee on Enhancing Efficiency in Dispute Resolution

Litigation is too expensive and takes too long- what can the Bar do? Is more mediation an important part of the answer? What is the role of the judge and the advocate?

John S. Kiernan, Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton, and President of the New York City Bar Association 

4:30 p.m. –  5:55 p.m.
Judicial Perspectives on Dispute Resolution
1.5 Credits (1.5 Professional Practice)

A dialogue among members of the judiciary on trends in dispute resolution.  Does the expense of litigation deny parties access to justice? What can the courts do? Is more mediation an answer? How can advocates work with the courts to promote the best interests of their clients? Panelists will provide their thoughts and perspectives on pursuing early settlement strategies, proactive use of dispositive motions, mediation, and arbitration, along with practical advice for advocates and neutrals in driving efficiency into the litigation process.  

Hon. Paula L. Feroleto, Administrative Judge, 8th Judicial District of New York State
Hon. Robert Levy, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York
Hon. Lawrence K. Marks, Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State
Hon. Victor Marrero, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York
John S. Kiernan, Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton, and President of the New York City Bar Association

5:55 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception honoring the Judith S. Kaye Arbitration Competition Winners at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP 

For more information, please contact Sydney Joy