Dispute Resolution Section

Dispute Resolution Section

Mark your calendars for the following Committee meetings and upcoming events! 


ADR in the Courts Committee  
May 2, 2018 - Speaker - Sarah Rudgers-Tysz, Executive Director, Mediation Matters 
June 6, 2018 - Speaker - Julie M. Loesch, Esq., Director, Center for Resolution and Justice (CRJ) at Child & Family Services and Bridget M. O'Connell, Esq., JD/MSW, Chair, ADR Committee Bar Association of Erie County
Meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month. 

Arbitration Committee  
April 19, 2018 
May 16, 2018 
June 13, 2018 

Diversity Committee 
May 3, 2018

Ethics Committee
April 20, 2018 - Speaker - Sarah Jo Hamilton, Esq., Presenting Ethics of Social Media Use
May 29, 2018 - Speaker - Hon. Ariel Belen (ret'd), JAMS, Presenting Ethics Issues I have encountered in Mediation

Executive Committee 
April 11, 2018  
May 9, 2018 

Mediation Committee
May 14, 2018 

Negotiation Committee
April 16, 2018 
May 21, 2018 
June 18, 2018 


November 29, 2017 - When Arbitration Goes to New York Courts -- Recording is posted in communities under "quick links" on the home page.
December 12, 2017 - Arbitration at Work -- Recording is posted in communities under "quick links" on the home page

To RSVP any of these meetings, please email Sydney Joy at sjoy@nysba.org. 


Social Event - April 25, 2018
In-Camera Breakfast Series - Part I - April 26 & Part II - May 23, 2018
3 Day Commercial Mediation Training - March 26-28, 2018 
3 Day Arbitration Training - June 18-20, 2018 


Please join the International Dispute Resolution Committee of the NYSBA's Dispute Resolution Section for a two-part breakfast series on the inner workings of arbitral tribunals.


May 23, 2018
8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.

Hogan Lovells LLP
875 3rd Avenue
New York City 

This program is informational only, no MCLE credits will be given.  

Session II will consider how arbitrators find and determine applicable law. Is "the law" in arbitration confined to what the parties submit? Are there different norms and expectations in domestic vs. international arbitrations as to how far an arbitrator can or should go in researching the law or the extent to which such research must be shared with the parties?

Samaa Haridi, Hogan Lovells LLP
Judge Faith Hochberg, Judge Hochberg ADR
Robert Smit, Independent Arbitrator

Marc J. Goldstein, Independent Arbitrator

This series was organized by the International Dispute Resolution Committee Co-Chairs: Stephanie Cohen & Marc J. Goldstein


View program flyer 

Thank you to our co-sponsors:
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, New York Branch
Hogan Lovells LLP
New York International Arbitration Center


April 26, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Program

Baker & McKenzie LLP
452 5th Avenue
New York City
Remote dial in available upon request

This program is informational only, no MCLE credits will be given. 

Session I will explore how tribunals analyze and resolve complex damages questions. Is it wise, for example, to ask party experts to provide arbitrators with calculations in excel spreadsheets so the arbitrators can manipulate them? Should damages questions be a topic at the preliminary conference?

Catherine Amirfar, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator
Kathleen Paisley, Ambos, NBGO

David Zaslowsky, Baker & McKenzie LLP

View program flyer

Advanced Commercial Mediation Training

June 12-13, 2018
Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023

16.0 Credits | 10.0 Skills, 4.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 2.0 Ethics\

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and program materials.
$530 for Dispute Resolution Section Members or Fordham Law Alumni
$580 for NYSBA Members
$680 for Non-NYSBA Members


 The Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association is proud to offer a special program designed for mediators who have completed — or plan to complete — a minimum of three days of basic mediation training and who desire to enhance their commercial mediation skills. This program will focus on identifying the barriers to settlement and the ways to overcome them. In addition to refining and deepening facilitative skills and orientation, the program will address ways of  facilitating evaluative analyses or offering evaluative feedback to help the parties reach a resolution. This can include refining the handling of risk and transaction cost analysis, including the use of decision trees, as well as utilizing a variety of impasse breakers. The program will offer approaches to problems that arise when there are multiple parties or when one or more of the defendants has, or may have, insurance coverage with one or more insurance companies as well as ways to overcome impasse. Finally, the program will discuss the ethical issues that arise under various scenarios and how to deal with them. 

Program Topics

• 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 

About the Presenters

Simeon H. Baum, Esq.
Mr. Baum is a 30+ year litigator and President of Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. 
(www.mediators.com); serving as mediator, arbitrator and neutral evaluator in over 1,000 disputes 
since 1992. His mediations include the highly publicized Studio Daniel Libeskind-Silverstein 
Properties dispute over architectural fees for redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, and 
Trump’s $ 1 billion suit over the West Side Hudson River development. He served as founding Chair 
of NYSBA’s Dispute Resolution Section. He was Chair of the Federal Bar Association's ADR Section, 
past President of the FBA's SDNY Chapter, and on the FBA's national Board of Directors. He has 
served on ADR Advisory Groups to the New York Court system and trained their Commercial Division 
mediators for the last 20 years. In 2011, 2014, and 2018, Best Lawyers selected Mr. Baum as New 
York’s ADR “Lawyer of the Year.” He teaches on the ADR faculty at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 
and is a frequent speaker and trainer on ADR.

Stephen A. Hochman, Esq.
Mr. Hochman, a founding partner in the firm now known as Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, 
practiced law for over 40 years, specializing in corporate, commercial and securities law. He has 
successfully mediated over 400 commercial and other types of disputes, including class actions and 
financial, employment, insurance, real estate, partnership and bankruptcy disputes, approximately 
98% of which have settled. Mr. Hochman now practices exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator and 
writes, consults and lectures frequently on ADR subjects. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Hochman, 
together with Mr. Baum, has trained the mediators in New York County and various other downstate 
counties. He also served on the boards and investment committees of various non-profit 
corporations, including several hospitals and a
captive insurance company.


To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.

For information about joining the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Sydney Joy, Section Liaison at sjoy@nysba.org.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Katherine Suchocki, Director of Continuing Legal Education at ksuchocki@nysba.org

Advantages of Mediation in Resolving Wills, Trusts, Estates and Adult Guardianship Matters

CLE Program

Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pace Law School | 78 North Broadway | White Plains, NY

4.0 MCLE Credits (2.0 areas of professional practice, 2.0 skills)

Sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section, the Trusts and Estates Law Section and the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association ADR Commitee

Registration Fees

$50 for NYSBA Dispute Resolution, Trusts & Estates Law Section  and Elder Law and Special Needs Section Members and the Westchester County Bar Association ADR Committee Members
$75 NYSBA Members | $175 Non-Members
$15 Law Students


Topics include:

How Mediation Differs from Adversarial Proceedings - Benefits of the Mediation Process

What Behavioral Economics Can Teach Us about Successful Court-Annexed Mediation

Westchester County Surrogate’s Court Mediation Program

Role Play 1: Sibling Estate Dispute after Death of Mother

What Types of Disputes are More Amenable to Mediation

A Discussion Among Trusts, Estates and Guardianship Attorneys and the Court

Role Play 2: Possible Guardianship Proceeding

Round Table: Summations from the Speakers

Feedback on Role Plays and Questions from Audience                            

Dispute Resolution Section Chair
Daniel F. Kolb, Esq.
David Polk & Wardwell
New York, NY

Program Chairs
Robert D. Steele, Esq.
Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP
New York, NY 

Leona Beane, Esq.
Mediator & Arbitrator
New York, NY  

View Program Agenda

View Program Faculty 

Registration Fees

$50 for NYSBA Dispute Resolution, Trusts & Estates Law Section  and Elder Law and Special Needs Section Members and the Westchester County Bar Association ADR Committee Members
$75 NYSBA Members | $175 Non-Members
$15 Law Students


To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.

For information about joining the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Sydney Joy, Section Liaison at sjoy@nysba.org.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Katherine Suchocki, Director of Continuing Legal Education at ksuchocki@nysba.org


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10003

Earn up to 25.0 MCLE Credits | 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, 4.0 credits in Ethics, 9.5 credits in Professional Practice, and 10 credits in Skills

DR Section Members and Cardozo Alumni Fee: $795.00
Non DR Section Member Fee: $845.00
Non NYSBA Member Fee: $945.00


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.    

Who Should Attend?
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 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

Read about what our previous attendees had to say about the training:  

"I have never been to a better training seminar in my 29 year career.  

The level of information and energy was amazing. It covered the area from soup to nuts. The seminar should be used for prospective arbitrators by all of the various arbitration programs. The knowledge and willingness to answer questions of the speakers was awesome. Mr. Moxley's guidance resulted in a tremendous sharing of expertise by extremely experienced and knowledgeable panelists. They held the interest of the audience for three rather long sessions. The speaking were extremely giving and willing to share their experiences.  

I would recommend this seminar to everyone. It is a must."

"Great learning experience, superb presentations and excellent networking. This is one of the best three day CLE programs I have ever attended."

"As an experienced CLE lecturer I can tell you that this arbitration training program was excellent.  First class all the way!"


For additional information please contact Sydney Joy

ADR in the Courts & Mediation Committee Meeting Recap On April 4th, the ADR in the Courts and Mediation committees held a joint dinner meeting at Davis Polk.  The guest speaker was Prof. Donna Shestowsky of UC Davis Law


On October 26, 2017 the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section Fall Meeting: Brave new World in Dispute Resolution was held at New York Law School.  Record breaking attendance of over 150 registrants came to this event. Seasoned national and international ADR professionals had an interactive discussion with the attendees on topics covering arbitration, mediation, ethics, diversity, and new innovations in the dispute resolution which included dispute resolution system design and hybrid processes. A highlight of the meeting was the appearance of former New York Governor David Patterson. The audience related to his words when he said: “In multi-party negotiations it doesn’t matter whether the mediator is the head of the chamber of commerce, head of civil rights organizations, congressman, person who lost to the congressman, former congressman or recovering governor. The point is really just that different parties even on the same sides somehow have different interests and as the mediator you have to somehow resolve the problems even internally. “ 

If you were unable to attend in person, a Live Webcast can still be purchased at the following link: 



The Dispute Resolution Section is looking for speakers, panelists, and writers to participate and contribute to its meetings and publications. Please consider volunteering to speak, serve on a panel, write or otherwise contribute to one of our upcoming events or publications. We welcome new perspectives and are committed to presenting panels that are DIVERSE in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and religion.

If you are interested in participating or have any recommendations for future programs, please click here to fill out the form. Please email the filled out form to Sydney Joy

To learn more about the Dispute Resolution Section, please contact Sydney Joy

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.

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


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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