Dispute Resolution Section

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  • Upcoming Events
    • International Court of Arbitration

      Internship Opportunities with SICANA, Inc.

      SICANA, Inc.

      1212 Avenue of the Americas
      New York, NY 10036
      Telephone: (646) 699-5700  Fax: (212) 221-1296

      As a leading international arbitral institution, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (“International Court of Arbitration”) attracts a growing caseload from all over the world.


      SICANA Inc., the provider of ICC arbitration and ADR services in North America, is currently accepting applications for internships with the case management team based in New York City. The case management team is a specialized team responsible for the administration of cases related to North America.


      More information about these opportunities and information on how to apply can be found here.

      International Court of Arbitration

    • Aug 5th: 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) 

      August 5, 2015 

      September 10, 2015 

      October 20, 2015 

      December 10, 2015

      January 28, 2016 (at the Annual Meeting) 

      March 10, 2016 

      April 19, 2016

      May 26, 2016 


    • October 30th: Fall Meeting

      Save the Date

      October 30, 2015

      Dispute Resolution Section Fall Meeting

      New York Law School 

    • November 13th and 14th: NYSBA/AAA Arbitration Competition

      Save the Date!


      The First Annual NYSBA/AAA Arbitration Competition.


      November 13th and 14th


      Competitors will receive a hypothetical fact pattern based on a domestic commercial dispute, created by leading practitioners in the field. The Competition will be administered and conducted as a real arbitration — organized under the supervision of the AAA, governed by the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules, and Judged by the best AAA arbitrators in the State.

      Save the Date Flyer (pdf file) 

    • 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:
      COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION TRAINING
      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

      Registration information to follow.

  • 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 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

    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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