Dispute Resolution Section

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    Register Today! Dispute Resolution Section Meeting - Thursday, January 25, 2018
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  • DRS/FED March 13th Program
    On March 13, 2017, the Dispute Resolution and Commercial and Federal Litigation Sections collaborate in Fordham Symposium on Best Practices from Bar to Bench.
  • DRS Mediation Program Fordham
    Register Today! March 26-28, 2018 | 3 Day Commercial Mediation Training
  • DRS Arbitration Program Cardozo
    Save the Date! June 18-20, 2018 | 3 Day Commercial Arbitration Training
  • Upcoming Events
    • Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

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


      ADR in the Courts Committee  
      February 7, 2018 - Speaker - Melissa B. Ringel, Special Master, Supreme Court of the State of New York
      March 2018 - NO MEETING
      April 4, 2018  - Speaker - Prof. Donna Shetowsky, US Davis Law School Author of a forth coming article on ADR in Court programs
      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  
      January 18, 2018 
      February 14, 2018  
      March 14, 2018 
      April 19, 2018 
      May 16, 2018 
      June 13, 2018 

      Diversity Committee 
      February  12, 2017

      Executive Committee 
      January 25, 2018 (in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)  
      March 7, 2018 
      May 9, 2018 

      Mediation Committee
      February 12, 2018  
      March 12, 2018 
      April 9, 2018 
      May 14, 2018 

      Negotiation Committee
      February 20, 2018  
      March 19, 2018 
      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. 


      Annual Meeting - January 25, 2018  
      Diversity Symposium - February 26, 2018
      3 Day Commercial Mediation Training - March 26-28, 2018 
      3 Day Arbitration Training - June 18-20, 2018 

    • Fall Meeting Recap


      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: 


    • Dispute Resolution Section Meeting (Live Attendee)


      Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:00 PM
      2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      Total MCLE Credits: 3.00 (Professional Practice 2.0, Ethics 1.0)

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here

      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, Cohen Arbitration
      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

    • DRS Social Event: February 13, 2018



      February 13, 2018 
      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

      Yonkers Brewing Co. 
      92 Main Street, Yonkers, NY  

      Cost: $20; includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer and hors d'oeuvres. 


      Questions? Contact Sydney Joy.  

    • Symposium on Diversity in Dispute Resolution: February 26, 2018


      Brainstorm with the Chief Diversity Officers of Metropolitan Life, Bloomberg, and  Paul Weiss and the former Chief Diversity Officer of MasterCard 

      February 26, 2018
      6:00 pm - 7:15 pm; reception to follow

      Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 
      1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019 

      1.5 Total MCLE Credits; 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. This program is complimentary.  

      Complimentary for NYSBA members, but registration is required.*
      Non-Members: $125
      *Please be sure to renew your NYSBA membership for 2018 in order to receive MCLE credit for this program.  


      The Diversity Committee of the New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section in conjunction with the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution is pleased to invite you to an exciting upcoming event on February 26, 2018. Much has been said and written about diversity in dispute resolution, but the input has largely been insular with the main focus being on the problem rather than the solution.  We will take a different approach by exploring the diversity achievements of others outside of the dispute resolution community.  A group of the country's leading diversity experts from a wide array of industries will help the dispute resolution community learn from their experience and leverage their successes to find implementable solutions to address our challenges.  It promises to be a highly interactive session. The only ticket to admission is the willingness to be honest and open-minded. 

      Program Co-Chairs 
      Noah Hanft, Esq. | CPR Institute  
      Jennifer Kim, Esq. | Trammo Inc.  

      Program Faculty 
      Erica Brown | Chief Diversity Officer of Bloomberg  
      Donna Johnson | Former Chief Diversity Officer of MasterCard  
      Elizabeth Nieto | Chief Diversity Officer of MetLife  
      Danyale Price | Diversity Director of Paul Weiss  

      Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to  www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.  

      Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment. 

    • Save the Date! March 22, 2018: The Litigative DNA - The Underutilization of Mediation in New York and What Can Be Done About It


      Co-sponsored by New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections

      March 22, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 600 p.m.

      Fordham University School of Law
      150 West 62nd Street
      New York, NY 10023

      7.0 MCLE Credits: 1.0 Ethics; 6.0 Professional Practice


      8:30-9:00 a.m. 

      9:00-9:15 a.m.  
      Welcome and Introductions  

      9:15-10:15 a.m.  
      Effectiveness of Mediation––and Efforts of the New York Bar to Further the Use of Mediation in the New York Courts: The Ethical Imperative
      1.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics

      10:15-10:30 a.m.  

      10:30-11:30 a.m.  
      Levels of Use of Mediation in Various Court Systems and Reasons for the Differences
      1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice  

      11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
      Levels of Use of Mediation by Private Providers and Reasons There is Not a Greater Level of Use
      1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice  

      12:30-1:45 p.m.

      1:45-2:15 p.m. 
      Keynote Address

      2:15-4:00 p.m. 
      The User Perspective––How Parties and their Counsel in New York Feel About the Level of Mediation Offered and/or Required by the Courts and ADR Providers
      2.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice  

      4:00-4:15 p.m.

      4:15-5:30 p.m. 
      The Future of Mediation in New York
      1.5 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice  

      5:30-6:00 p.m.  
      What Is To Be Done---A Closing Dialogue among the Current and Two Recent NYSBA Presidents  

      0.5 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice  

      6:00 p.m.

      For more information please contact Sydney Joy or Beth Gould

    • March 26-28, 2018 - 3-Day Commercial Mediation Training


      March 26-28, 2018 

      Fordham University School of Law
      140 West 62nd Street
      New York, NY 10023 


      $795 for Dispute Resolution Section Members and Fordham Alumnihttp://
      $845 for NYSBA Members
      $945 for Non-NYSBA Members
      Includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee, and electronic online program materials. 

      CLE Credits:
      Earn up to 24 CREDIT HOURS. The breakdown is as follows: 6.0 MCLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice, 12.5 in Skills, 4.0 in Ethics, and 1.5 in Law Practice Management. THIS PROGRAM IS TRANSITIONAL AND THEREFORE SUITABLE FOR NEWLY ADMITTED ATTORNEYS.

      This three-day course will present a thorough examination of mediation principles and techniques. The program faculty will analyze the structure of a typical mediation, highlight ethical issues that may rise in mediation, and explore solutions for generating movement and overcoming impasse.

      The program faculty will explore the differences between facilitative and evaluative or directive approaches in mediation, both from a practical and from an ethical perspective, and will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these styles. The instructors will focus on experiential learning through role plays and dialogue to help prepare you for the real world of commercial mediation.

      Topics & Skills Presented by: Simeon H. Baum, Esq., litigator, mediator & President, Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. (www.mediators.com) and Stephen A. Hochman, Esq., mediator & arbitrator
      • 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


      View program brochure

      For additional information contact Sydney Joy at 518-487-5630 or by email at sjoy@nysba.org.

    • June 18-20, 2018 - 3-Day Commercial Arbitration Training


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

      Earn up to 25.5 MCLE Credits | 4.5 credits in Ethics, 10 credits in Skills and 11 credits in Professional Practice.

      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

    • Call for Speakers!


      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

    • Diversity Mentorship Program


      The NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Diversity Committee (the “Diversity Committee”) encourages, fosters and supports the development of diverse talent and inclusion in all types of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, mini trials, etc. both as neutrals and as representatives of parties in the processes. Diversity of those participating in the dispute resolution process enables the presentation of many views and provides a greater perspective on how and in what way to use dispute resolution to resolve problems, leading to more options and fairer results. Encouraging a diverse and inclusive environment also promotes respect and fosters treating individuals of diverse backgrounds fairly.

      As part of the foregoing mission, the Diversity Committee, chaired by Noah Hanft and Jennifer Kim, initiated the Mentorship Program to provide mentorship, training, encouragement, and opportunities to attorneys who have been historically under-represented in the field of alternative dispute resolution. The goal of the Mentorship Program is to increase diversity in the alternative dispute resolution community by providing such attorneys with training, support, and connections to assist them in becoming active participants in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Through the Mentorship Program, mentees work with or “shadow” their mentors to gain first-hand experience and training in alternative dispute resolution, attend seminars on
      alternative dispute resolution, and network with other professionals in the alternative dispute resolution community. The Mentorship Program duration is one (1) year.

      1. Be a member of a diverse group;
      2. Licensed attorney;
      3. Experience or Demonstrated Interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution: court annexed programs such as SDNY mediation, Attorney Client Fee program, or with a community mediation program such as Peace Horizons;
      4. Membership in NYSBA (non-members must apply for membership within 30 days of approval to the Mentorship Program).

      1. Statement of Interest, which should include details on the applicant’s experience or
      demonstrated interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution;
      2. Resume, and;
      3. Supplemental documents the applicant feels would help the Diversity Committee evaluate the applicant’s interest, commitment, or achievements in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution (not to exceed 10 pages).

      Click here for the Diversity Mentorship Program Application

      Completed applications with supporting documentation should be emailed in a PDF packet to Sydney Joy via email before February 01, 2018. 

  • 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 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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